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Federal bankruptcy judge dies in downtown courthouse

Bankruptcy Judge Laurel Baberos passed away Monday, Nov. 19, inone of the rooms of the Foley Federal Building. (KSNV)

A federal bankruptcy judge died in the courthouse on S. Las Vegas Boulevard Monday morning.

Judge Laurel E. Babero, 62, died in one of the rooms of the Foley Federal Building & U.S. Courthouse, 300 S. Las Vegas Blvd.

The Clark County coroner's office confirmed it responded to the scene for an investigation.

“Judge Babero was a friend and respected colleague who took her work seriously and was a joy to be around,” U.S. District Court Judge Gloria Navarro said in a statement Monday afternoon. “We are grateful for her public service and she will be dearly missed by the court family.”

Babero had presided over recent bankruptcy proceedings of the Lucky Dragon Casino & Hotel.

Babero accepted her appointment as a U.S. Bankruptcy Judge for the District of Nevada on July 12, 2013. She married Andras Babero in New York City in April.

According to her biography, Babero practiced law for 26 years in Nevada and Arizona prior to taking the bench. The scope of her representation included debtors, individuals, trustees, committees, and creditors in bankruptcy proceedings, as well as commercial litigation, arbitration, workouts, and restructuring. She also served as a Chapter 11 trustee.

Babero served as chair of the Nevada State Bar Bankruptcy Section in 2011 and 2012.

A native of Utah, Judge Babero received her bachelor's degree in hotel administration from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas in 1983, and her law degree, magna cum laude, from the University of San Diego School of Law in 1987.

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