Gov. Brian Sandoval announced the appointment Wednesday. Stiglich succeeds District Judge Steven Kosach, who retired in September after a 22-year judicial career. Stiglich will serve the remaining two years of the judicial term and must run for election in 2014 to retain the seat.
Stiglich holds a bachelor's degree in business administration from University of California, Berkeley and a law degree from Hastings College of Law.
She was a trial attorney at the San Francisco Public Defender's Office from 1997 until 2002, when she came to Nevada. She is a managing partner of the Stiglich & Hinckley law firm in Reno.
Stiglich also has taught evidence and criminal law classes at several law schools.