Hafter received a B.S. in emergency medical services management from George Washington University. He received his J.D. from Case Western Reserve University School of Law in Cleveland, Ohio. He also has a master's degree in health science from Cleveland State University.
Hafter is an attorney in private practice. He previously served as the in-house counsel as well as the corporate director of administration for Monarch Casino & Resort, Inc. His responsibilities included overseeing all development activities, in addition to corporate governance, SEC matters, and other administrative concerns.
Hafter, representing his client Tracy Hurst, successfully challenged the Nevada Board of Medical Examiners who were found on September 18, 2009, of acting in violation of the state's Open Meeting Law. Board members had met to consider passing regulations that would have permitted medical assistants to give flu shots and other vaccines while at the same time prohibiting them from administering injections of cosmetic drugs such as Botox. A number of doctors in attendance have other engagements that same day. Rather then risk losing their quorum, the board simply voted unanimously to pass the regulations wholesale. Several medical spa treatment center who use medical assistants to conduct certain cosmetic work argued this cost them business and they were never given a chance to have their say heard.
Awards and associations
- Former board member, Northern Nevada Disciplinary Board for the State Bar
- Board member, Southern Nevada Disciplinary Board for the State Bar
- Member, International Association of Gaming Attorneys
- Adjunct instructor, University of Nevada-Reno
- See also: Nevada judicial elections, 2014
| Hafter ran for election to the Eighth Judicial District Court.
Primary: He was successful in the primary on June 10, 2014, receiving 18.5 percent of the vote. He competed against Bruce L. Gale and incumbent Susan Johnson.
General: He was defeated in the general election on November 4, 2014, after receiving 24.8 percent of the vote. He competed against Judge Susan Johnson.
Hafter was a Republican candidate who ran for Nevada Attorney General in the 2010 election. On February 9, 2010, he announced his candidacy for the statewide office of Nevada Attorney General challenging Democratic incumbent Catherine Cortez Masto.
- See also: Nevada Attorney General election, 2010
|2010 Race for Attorney General - Republican Primary|
|Republican Party||Travis Barrick||44.4%|
|Republican Party||Jacob Hafter||34.2%|
|None of these candidates||21.4%|
Hafter admitted that he had only just joined the Republican Party on December 14, 2009, the day he registered in Clark County to launch his campaign for Nevada Attorney General. Prior to this, he had registered as a Democrat in 2005 when he resided in Washoe County.
Travis Barrick, his opponent in the June 8th state Republican primary, has refused to make the matter an issue in the campaign, though he has noted that he himself has been a registered Republican since 1955. He welcomed Hafter warmly into the Republican Party, stating, "I hope he sticks around. He has said he has evolved to being a Republican. I hope if he is elected that he won't evolve back to be a Democrat."
Hafter currently resides in Las Vegas, Nevada with his wife, Jaclyn Rene, and their four children - Gabriel, Judah, Aviva, and Sofia.
- Clark County Nevada, "Election: Candidate Filing in Clark County," accessed February 13, 2014 Select "Election Year: 2014"
- Jacob Hafter for District Court Judge website, "Biography," archived July 8, 2014
- Las Vegas Review-Journal, "Judge blocks rules for medical assistants" 30 Sept. 2009
- Silver State Election Night Results, "2014 Primary Election Results - Judicial," accessed June 11, 2014
- Nevada Secretary of State, "2010 Primary Election Results"
- Las Vegas Review-Journal, "Candidate admits he is new to GOP" 17 April, 2010