Join Us Via Zoom for
One Hour of Free MCLE Ethics Credit!
Open to all. GBA Membership not required.
California Court of Appeal Justice Gary Hastings (Ret.) will present an ethics MCLE on civility and professionalism. Justice Hastings will examine ties between the Rules of Professional Conduct and Business and Professions Code statutes supporting sanctions and possibly State Bar prosecutions. He will also discuss a selection of relevant cases.
Justice J. Gary Hastings, Ret.
Justice Hastings received a B.S. in Business Administration from University of Southern California in 1968 and his J.D. from Southwestern University School of Law in May of 1972. He was admitted to the California Bar in December of 1972 and for thirteen years practiced with Belcher, Henzie & Biegenzahn in Los Angeles where he defended clients involved in products liability, medical malpractice, construction defect and bad faith insurance claims. He was appointed to the Los Angeles Superior Court in 1985 where he served as a trial judge in every type of criminal and civil action and served as the supervising judge in the Southwest Branch in 1989 and 1990. In 1993 he was elevated to the California Court of Appeal, Second District, Fourth Division, where he served until his retirement in 2006. He then became an Adjunct Professor at Southwestern Law School where he taught Trial Advocacy and a seminar on the American Justice System for 12 years. He continues working with the moot court teams at Southwestern and California State University, Long Beach. In 2008 he joined Alternative Resolution Centers and worked as a neutral mediator, arbitrator and referee until last year. He has also served on faculty for the National Institute of Trial Advocacy, Southern California Regional Program, from 1994 to present. He served his third and final year as a Commissioner with the California State Bar Commission on Judicial Nominees Evaluation in 2020 and currently serves as the Advisory Board of the Online Courtroom Project.
In 1994, Justice Hastings helped found the Benjamin Aranda III chapter of the American Inns of Court where he has presided as President on three different occasions and is still active. In 2019, Justice Hastings helped found the Southwestern Law School chapter of the American Inns of Court and serves as President.
Justice Hastings has received the following awards: Adjunct Professor "Excellence in Teaching Award," 2007 Southwestern Law School; Roger J. Traynor Memorial Award "Appellate Justice of the Year," 2004, Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles; William B. Enright Ethics and Civility Award, 2001, California Council of the American Inns of Court; Honorable William E. MacFadden Award "For Dedicated Service to the Bench and Bar," 1999, South Bay Bar Association; and the Alfred J. McCourtney Memorial Award "Trial Judge of the Year," 1993, Los Angeles Trial Lawyers Association.
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