Richard Franklin Boulware, II, was nominated to the U.S. District Court for the District of Nevada by President Barack Obama on January 16, 2014, to the seat vacated by Judge Philip Martin Pro, who took senior status on December 31, 2011.
On June 12, 2014, Judge Boulware was sworn in as a United States District Judge and maintains his chambers in Las Vegas, Nevada. Prior to taking the bench, he was a trial attorney in the Federal Public Defender's Office in Las Vegas, Nevada and in the Federal Defenders Office of New York in New York City.
Judge Boulware received an AB degree cum laude in 1993 from Harvard College and received his JD in 2002 from Columbia Law School where he was on the Law Review. After law school, he served as a law clerk to Judge Denise Cote of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. Judge Boulware is a past president of the Las Vegas chapter of the National Bar Association, as well as a former member of the National Board of Governors of the National Bar Association. He received a special President’s Award from the national president of the National Bar Association in 2011 as well as the Medal of Justice award from the State Bar of Nevada in 2012. In 2013, Judge Boulware received the Dedicated Service award from Nevada Attorneys for Criminal Justice. He has served on numerous nonprofit boards and community committees focusing on education reform and other issues facing disadvantaged, indigent or at-risk individuals in the community.