Yá’át’ééh, shik’éí dóó shidine’é Melinda Hardy yinishyé!Bilagáana nishł=ǫ.Bit’ahnii báshíshchíín.Bilagáana dashicheii.Tódich’íi’nii dashinálí.Dził Ná’oodiłniid66’ yíiyisí naashá ákondi T’iisyaakindi kééhasht’į.
A long-standing resident of Navajo County, Melinda K. Hardy began practicing law in 1996 as a Tribal Attorney for the Colorado River Indian Tribes (CRIT). Judge Hardy graduated from Denver North High School (1986); attended Fort Lewis College, University of Colorado Denver and Metropolitan State College before receiving her undergraduate degree in General Science from the University of Oregon (1993); and received her law degree from the University of Colorado Boulder (1996). Judge Hardy interned at the Native American Rights Fund (NARF) in her third year of law school and attended the University of New Mexico Pre-Law Summer Institute for American Indians and Alaska Natives (PLSI 1993). In November 2020, Judge Hardy was elected Superior Court Judge by the citizens of Navajo County, Arizona. Prior to taking the bench, she was barred and licensed to practice law in the State of Arizona, the Hopi Tribe, Navajo Nation, and the White Mountain Apache Tribe.
Judge Hardy formerly worked for herself in private practice and served as DNA People’s Legal Services Flagstaff Office Managing Attorney; Navajo Nation Dilkon Senior Prosecutor; CRIT (Tribal Attorney); Prepaid Legal (PPL)/Legal Shield Attorney (PPL People Choice Attorney Award); School Law Attorney (Mangum, Wall, Stoops, & Warden); and Education Policy Analyst writing school policy for the Arizona School Boards Association (ASBA). Judge Hardy spent 15 years defending clients in various legal categories and cases in Arizona Superior Court (Apache, Coconino and Mohave Counties) and practiced regularly in Navajo County Superior Court, Maricopa County Superior Court, U.S. District Bankruptcy Court of Arizona and Navajo Nation Tribal Court. Her practice encompassed, but was not limited to, Litigation, Criminal Defense and Prosecutor, Bankruptcy, Dependency, Guardian Ad Litem (GAL), Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA), Employment, Estate Planning and Probate, Social Security and School Law (Special Education).
Phone: (928) 524-4217
Judicial Assistant - Vickie Lester