September/October 2011
New Bankruptcy Judge for the District of North Dakota: Shon Hastings

On September 9, 2011, Shon Hastings was sworn in as a bankruptcy judge for the District of North Dakota. She received a B.B.A. magna cum laude (1986) and J.D. with honors (1993) from the University of North Dakota. Judge Hastings was the Editor in Chief of the North Dakota Law Review and admitted to the University of North Dakota Chapter of Order of the Coif.

Judge Hastings began her legal career as Judicial Law Clerk to the Honorable Karen K. Klein, United States Magistrate Judge. After her clerkship, she joined Bowman and Brook, LLC, a law firm specializing in products liability litigation headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota. From January 1998 until her appointment, Judge Hastings worked an Assistant United States Attorney in Fargo, North Dakota. She was appointed Chief of the Civil Division in January 2009. Judge Hastings’ professional activities within the DOJ include serving as a member of the Civil Chiefs Working Group, a subcommittee of the Attorney General’s Advisory Committee; Executive Office of United States Attorneys Financial Litigation, Asset Preservation and Child Exploitation Restitution working groups; and assisting the Evaluation and Review Staff with peer review of other United States Attorneys’ Offices. In October 2004, she accepted a detail with the DOJ Office of Overseas Prosecutorial Development, Training and Assistance Program to conduct commercial law training in Laos. Judge Hastings frequently served as a faculty member at the DOJ National Advocacy Center, speaking on financial litigation-related issues.

Judge Hastings spends her free time attending her daughters’ volleyball games and theater activities, traveling with her husband of 23 years and entertaining family and friends. She is a FoodTV junkie, who occasionally experiments with recipes she discovers on TV or finds in her oversized collection of cook books and magazines. She would rather walk than run, dance than sing. She has yet to find a card game she did not enjoy.



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