College of Liberal Arts Alumni of the Year

Barbara Buckley
’86 BS Criminal Justice

Barbara Buckley is an attorney and executive director of Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada, the largest non-profit legal assistance organization in Nevada. She has grown the organization to 70 staff members and approximately 1,000 attorneys who volunteer their time. Under her leadership, the center has created many new programs such as the District Court Civil Law Self-Help Center, the Foreclosure Protection Program, the Domestic Violence Project, and Children’s Attorneys Program.

Buckley has served in the Nevada State Legislature for 16 years and was the first female elected as Assembly Speaker in 2007. She was voted “Best Assembly Member” for six consecutive sessions by her fellow legislators. She was honored as the “UNLV Outstanding Alumna of the Year” in 2007.