|Current Court Information:|
|Nevada Supreme Court|
|Past position:||Judge, Nevada Second Judicial District Court|
|Past position 2:||Attorney in private practice|
|Past term 2:||1975-1998|
|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. He served as the court's chief justice in 2009. Hardesty was retained in 2010 to a term that expires in 2016.
- 2005-2016: Justice, Nevada Supreme Court
- 1998-2004: Judge, Nevada Second Judicial District Court
- 1975-1998: Attorney in private practice
Awards and associations
- 2010: Honored by the Public Interest Law Associations for public service
- Involved with Foster Grandparents Program
- Former member, Nevada State Board of Education
- Past president, Rotary Club of Sparks
- See also: Nevada judicial elections, 2010
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%.
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.
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.
- Nevada Secretary of State, "2004 election results"
- Las Vegas Sun, "Two Nevada Supreme Court justices automatically given second terms," January 15, 2010
- See Judicial selection in Nevada
- Supreme Court of Nevada, "Justice James W. Hardesty," accessed August 22, 2014
- Project Vote Smart, "Justice James W. Hardesty"
- RGJ.com, "Nevada Supreme Court justice honored on Friday," February 26, 2010
- Las Vegas Sun, "Chief Justice Hardesty announces for second term," November 4, 2009
- RGL.com, "James Hardesty announces re-election bid for Nevada Supreme Court," November 5, 2009
- Las Vegas Review Journal, "Justices Parraguirre, Hardesty file for re-election," January 4, 2010
- Las Vegas Review Journal, "2013 Judicial Performance Evaluation"
- Judicial Performance Evaluation, "Results"
- Judicial Performance Evaluation, "Methodology"
- Stanford University, "State Supreme Court Ideology and 'New Style' Judicial Campaigns," October 31, 2012
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