James Hardesty

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James Hardesty
Court Information:
Nevada Supreme Court
Title:   Justice
Salary:  $170,000
Active:   2005-2016
Chief:   2009
Past position:   Judge, Nevada Second Judicial District Court
Previous chief:   2001-2004
Past term:   1998-2004
Past position 2:   Attorney in private practice
Past term 2:   1975-1998
Personal History
Party:   Democratic
Undergraduate:   University of Nevada at Reno, 1970
Law School:   University of Pacific McGeorge School of Law, 1975

James "Jim" W. Hardesty is a justice on the Nevada Supreme Court. He was elected to this court on November 2, 2004, and took office on January 3, 2005.[1] He served as the court's chief justice in 2009. Hardesty was retained in 2010 to a term that expires in 2016.[2][3]


Hardesty received his B.S. from the University of Nevada at Reno in 1970 and his J.D. from the University of Pacific McGeorge School of Law in 1975.[4][5]


Awards and associations


  • 2010: Honored by the Public Interest Law Associations for public service[6]


  • Involved with Foster Grandparents Program
  • Former member, Nevada State Board of Education
  • Past president, Rotary Club of Sparks[4]



See also: Nevada judicial elections, 2010

Hardesty was unopposed in 2010, and was re-elected to the supreme court. He was up for re-election in 2010, at the end of his six-year term.[7][8][9][2]


2013 judicial performance evaluation

In 2013, the Las Vegas Review-Journal sponsored a survey of 902 lawyers who rated Nevada Supreme Court justices and judges located in Clark County. 73% of respondents voted in favor of keeping Hardesty on the bench. The average vote in favor of retention for all 88 judges evaluated was 71%.[10]

2010 judicial performance evaluation

The Las Vegas Review Journal conducted a judicial performance evaluation in 2010. The survey asked state attorneys to rate judges on a variety of criteria. Of the 796 respondents, 73% recommended Judge Hardesty for retention.[11][12]

Political ideology

See also: Political ideology of State Supreme Court Justices

In October 2012, political science professors Adam Bonica and Michael Woodruff of Stanford University attempted to determine the partisan ideology of state supreme court justices in their paper, State Supreme Court Ideology and 'New Style' Judicial Campaigns. A score above 0 indicated a more conservative leaning ideology while scores below 0 are more liberal. Hardesty received a Campaign finance score (CFscore) of 0.05, indicating a conservative ideological leaning. This is more conservative than the average CF score of -0.22 that justices received in Nevada. The study is based on data from campaign contributions by judges themselves, the partisan leaning of contributors to the judges or, in the absence of elections, the ideology of the appointing body (governor or legislature). This study is not a definitive label of a justice, but an academic gauge of various factors.[13]

See also

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