Justice of the Peace Conrad Hafen
Las Vegas Township Justice Court
Term of Office 2010 - present
Angela Holland, Judicial Executive Assistant
(702) 671-3625 • (702) 366-1642 Fax
Judge Conrad Hafen was raised in Roy, Utah, but his family ties to Southern Nevada spans over a period of four generations.
After graduating from high school in 1977, he served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Upon completing his mission, Judge Hafen attended Weber State University. He graduated in 1983 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Political Science and was accepted into Brigham Young University’s Public Administration Masters Program.
After graduating from BYU in 1985, Judge Hafen continued his education by enrolling into the University of Idaho School of Law and graduated in 1988. While attending law school, Judge Hafen made Law Review and was later named as the Notes and Comments Editor of the Idaho Law Review.
Two weeks after graduating from law school, Judge Hafen married his wife, Holly, and moved to Las Vegas where he worked as a law clerk for the Honorable J. Charles Thompson. After completing the one year clerkship, Judge Hafen worked as an associate attorney with a private civil law firm and practiced in the areas of insurance defense and products liability.
In 1993, Judge Hafen accepted a position with the Humboldt County District Attorney’s Office and moved his family to Winnemucca, Nevada. Several months later, he was promoted to Chief Deputy District Attorney and served in that capacity for the next ten (10) years.
During his tenure with the Humboldt County District Attorney’s Office, Judge Hafen prosecuted cases ranging from first degree murder to drug trafficking. He successfully argued numerous cases before the Nevada Supreme Court and established new legal precedent in the State of Nevada relating to search and seizure law.
In 2003, Judge Hafen returned to Las Vegas to create and manage the Nevada Attorney General’s first Political Corruption Unit. As the lead prosecutor in that unit, he prosecuted many high profile cases. These cases included the prosecution and/or conviction of a Las Vegas City Councilwoman for filing a false Campaign Contribution Report; a Nye County Commissioner for the Crime of Bribery; the Associate Vice President of the College of Southern Nevada for the Crime of Theft and ACORN for violating Nevada’s voter fraud laws. Additionally, Judge Hafen became the first prosecutor in the State of Nevada to convict a medical doctor for the crime of murder due to the illegal sale of prescription drugs.
In 2004, Judge Hafen successfully argued the landmark case of Hibel v. Sixth Judicial District Court before the United States Supreme Court. This case established new legal precedent throughout the United States in the areas of Fourth and Fifth Amendment law. To date, there have been approximately seventy law review articles written about the Hibel case. In addition, Judge Hafen has successfully argued numerous federal habeas cases before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.
In 2010, Judge Hafen was elected by the voters in Clark County to be the new Justice of the Peace in Department 14 where he currently serves in that capacity.