Justice James W. Hardesty Addresses Graduates at Univeristy of Nevada, Reno

12/10/2018 8:03:22 AM

Justice James W. Hardesty delivered the commencement speech to 1,984 graduates during the University of Nevada, Reno winter graduation in the Lawlor Events Center Saturday (Dec. 8).

University of Nevada, Reno Winter Graduation (Courtesy UNR) University of Nevada, Reno Winter Graduation (Courtesy UNR)

Nevada State Supreme Court Justice James W. Hardesty graduated from the University with a degree in accounting in 1970.

While an undergraduate, he was elected president of the student body and named outstanding senior graduate. He graduated from the University of Pacific McGeorge School of Law in 1975, and was in private practice as an attorney in Reno from 1975-98.

In 1998, Justice Hardesty was elected District Court Judge for the Second Judicial District of Washoe County, during which time he helped usher in numerous reforms that improved the administration of justice in Washoe County.

In 2004, Justice Hardesty was elected to the Nevada Supreme Court. He served as Chief Justice in 2009 and again in 2015 and was re-elected to the Court without opposition in 2010 and 2016.

In 2013, Justice Hardesty was unanimously nominated by his colleagues for the William H. Rehnquist Award for Judicial Excellence, a nomination that was also supported by the Chief Judges for the Second and Eighth Judicial District Courts.

In 2014, he led the Nevada Supreme Court's educational effort to amend the Nevada Constitution to create a Court of Appeals, which the state's voters approved.

A native of Reno, Justice Hardesty's family includes his wife, Sandy, two children and five grandchildren.