Justice Hardesty to Speak at Chamber Luncheon
by Bill Chernkock, Carson Valley Chamber of Commerce
At their June luncheon, the Carson Valley Chamber of Commerce will welcome Justice James W. Hardesty of the Nevada Supreme Court, who will speak on the November ballot initiative that seeks to create an Appellate Court, a level of Appeals Court between the District Courts and the Nevada Supreme Court.
Supporters of this measure, who include Justice Hardesty, propose that this intermediate court would allow for expedited decisions on appealed issues, increase the efficiency of the Nevada legal system and free up the Nevada Supreme Court to investigate important cases more carefully. Justice Hardesty will explain the current case load faced by the Supreme Court and how the business community will benefit from the new structure, should the initiative pass.
The luncheon will be held at the Banquet Pavilion at the Lakes Course of Genoa Lakes on Wednesday, June 17th, beginning at 11:45. Cost is $20 for Chamber members, $25 for non-members. Reservations are required, and may be made by calling the Chamber office at 782-8144 or visiting their web site, carsonvalleynv.org .
Justice James W. Hardesty was born and raised in Reno, Nevada. He has been married for 42 years to his wife, Sandy, and together they have two children and five grandchildren.
Justice Hardesty attended the University of Nevada, Reno where he obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting in May 1970. While attending the University of Nevada, Reno, he was elected President of the Student Body and was named outstanding senior graduate. After graduating from the University of Nevada, Reno, Justice Hardesty enrolled in the University of Pacific McGeorge School of Law where he obtained his J.D. in May 1975.
Upon graduating from McGeorge School of Law, Justice Hardesty returned to the Reno/Sparks area and entered private practice as a sole practitioner. He remained in private practice from 1975 through 1998. He received the highest rating of AV by Martindale-Hubbell, a nationally recognized publication of lawyer ratings.
In November 1998, Justice Hardesty was elected District Court Judge for the Second Judicial District Court of Washoe County, Reno, Nevada. He took the bench in January 1999 where he served through December 2004. In November 2001, while serving as a District Court Judge, he was elected by his fellow judges to serve as Chief Judge of the Second Judicial District Court, a position to which he was reelected in November 2003. He received the highest ratings on judicial performance in the Second Judicial District Court by the Washoe County Bar Association. Chief Justice Hardesty also served as President of the Nevada District Judges Association in 2003.
In November 2004, Justice Hardesty was elected a Supreme Court Justice for the Nevada Supreme Court. He was sworn in on January 3, 2005. Justice Hardesty served as Chief Justice of the Nevada Supreme Court in 2009. In June 2013, Justice Hardesty was unanimously nominated by his colleagues for William H. Rehnquist Award for Judicial Excellence, a nomination that was supported by the Chief Judges for the Second and Eighth Judicial District Courts.
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