Superior Court Judges
 
Superior Court Judge James E. Hardin, Jr.
 
Superior Court Judge James E. Hardin, Jr.

The Honorable James E. Hardin, Jr. was born and educated in Durham, North Carolina. He graduated from Northern High School in 1975, from Duke University in 1979, and the Mercer University School of Law, in 1983. Judge Hardin briefly worked in the private practice of law and later served in the Durham District Attorney's Office for nearly twenty years as the Elected District Attorney and as an Assistant District Attorney. In 2005 Judge Hardin was appointed as a Special Superior Court Judge and was then elected as a Durham County Resident Superior Court Judge in 2010. Among his civilian awards, Judge Hardin was selected as a Lawyers Weekly USA Top Ten Lawyer of the Year in 2003, as one of the N.C. Jaycees Five Outstanding Young North Carolinians of 1996, and with the Durham Jaycees Distinguished Service Award of 1996.

Judge Jim Hardin has also served in the U.S. Army Reserve, being commissioned in 1988 as a Judge Advocate. Since commissioning, Judge Hardin has served in numerous positions of significant responsibility with the U.S. Army and Army Reserve including a mobilization with XVIII Airborne Corps during Desert Shield/Desert Storm and a deployment with Third Army, U.S. Central Command during Operation Iraqi Freedom. Judge Hardin currently serves as a Colonel in the Army Reserve and as a Military Judge for the U.S. Army, 2nd Judicial Circuit. Among his military awards are the Legion of Merit, the Meritorious Service Medal with 4 Oak Leaf Clusters, the National Defense Service Medal with Star Device, and the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal.