James W. Hardesty

Chief Justice

Supreme Court of Nevada

201 South Carson Street, Ste. 300
Carson City, Nevada  89701

(775) 684-1590 | Fax: (775) 684-1601


Chief Justice James W. Hardesty is a native Nevadan having been born and raised in Reno, Nevada.  He has been married for 37 years to his wife, Sandy, who is a high school teacher.  Together they have two children and five grandchildren.  Chief 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, Chief 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, Chief 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, Chief 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.  Justice Hardesty also served as President of the Nevada District Judges Association in 2003.  In November 2004, Chief Justice Hardesty was elected a Supreme Court Justice for the Nevada Supreme Court.  He was sworn in on January 3, 2005.  Chief Justice Hardesty has been a guest lecturer on case management, settlement and evidence for the National Judicial College, State Bar of Nevada, Professional Education Systems, Inc., the Association of Defense Counsel and the Nevada Trial Lawyers Association.  In addition, he guest lectures annually to the Media Law students at the Donald W. Reynolds School of Journalism, University of Nevada, Reno.  He is the author of several articles on libel, privacy and government issues.  As a District Court Judge and as a Nevada Supreme Court Justice, he has served on various Supreme Court Commissions including: the Nevada Supreme Court Task Force to create a Business Court in Nevada, the Nevada Supreme Court Task Force studying the Multi-Jurisdictional Practice of Law, the Nevada Supreme Court Commission on Judicial Funding, and the Nevada Supreme Court Committee to Implement Recommendations of the Jury Improvement Commission.  Chief Justice Hardesty currently co-chairs the Nevada Supreme Court Bench-Bar Committee, the Nevada Supreme Court Access to Justice Commission, and is chairperson of the Nevada Legislature's Advisory Commission on the Administration of Justice, and the Nevada State-Federal Judicial Council.  From 1978 through 1991, Chief Justice Hardesty coached Bobby Sox Softball teams that included his daughters.  In 1991, his team won the National Fast Pitch Championship.  He is also active with the Foster Grandparents Program, served on the Nevada State Board of Education, and is Past President of the Rotary Club of Sparks.

Jon Mosher - Fri, 01/22/2010 - 16:41