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Margaret currently serves as a Hearing Master for the Eighth Judicial District Court, Family Division, hearing cases in child abuse and neglect, as well as overseeing the Juvenile Drug Treatment Court program. Prior to working for the courts, Margaret specialized in family law, working as a Family Law Mediator and Parenting Coordinator, assisting parents involved in high conflict custody cases work cooperatively to resolve timeshare disputes.
Margaret served as adjunct faculty at UNLV from 2003-2015, teaching courses in Torts, Contracts, Family Law and Legal Terminology. In 2007, Margaret brought the Cooperative Parenting program to UNLV, teaching separating and divorcing parents involved in Family Court cases how to remove their children from parental conflict. In 2011, Margaret was awarded the Peacemaker of the Year by the Mediators of Southern Nevada, for her work in this program.
In 2014, Margaret was elected to the Nevada State Bar’s Family Law Section Executive Committee, serving until 2018. Margaret was the Editor of the Nevada Family Law Review and Co-Chair of the Child Witness Committee, developing standardized protocols for conducting child interviews in the Family Court system. Margaret authored several articles for the Nevada Family Law Review and regularly trained Family Court judges throughout Nevada to develop best practices in creating Parenting Plans for separating and divorcing families.
In 2014, Margaret was recognized as one of the Top 10 Family Law Attorneys in Nevada, by the National Academy of Family Law Attorneys. Margaret is the author of several books, including The Parenting Guidebook. In 2012, Margaret and her colleague, family law attorney Stacy Rocheleau, were the hosts of the popular radio show, Divorce War Radio.
Margaret graduated from the University of California, Davis, magna cum laude, in 1987, with a Bachelors’ of Arts in Sociology. She received her Juris Doctorate from the University of California, Davis, King Hall School of Law in 1990, where she served as the Managing Editor of the UC Davis Law Review.
Since 2012, Margaret and her husband, Senator Keith Pickard, have worked in the recovery community throughout the Las Vegas Valley, offering a weekly 12-step programs for teens struggling with addiction, as well providing over 200 community presentations on facing and overcoming addiction.
Margaret and Keith are the parents of seven children and four grandchildren. They are true community servants.