In the public sector, Mr. Hartley works weekly in Wasatch County District Court as one of the regular public defenders, helping those who qualify for indigent defense. At the beginning of his legal career, he worked for the honorable Judge Gary D. Stott in the Fourth District Court as his judicial law clerk and as his court's bailiff after receiving law enforcement training at P.O.S.T. (Peace Officer Standards and Training).
In academia, Mr. Hartley was an adjunct professor at Utah Valley University, teaching International Law with a focus on the United Nations and teaching Introduction to American Law, covering broadly the major different kinds of law practiced in the United States.
Mr. Hartley enjoys writing on legal, political, and religious topics and is a published author. He wrote a book on the morality of criminal defense from both a legal and religious perspective, titled, “Sinner's Advocate: An LDS Perspective on the Morality of Criminal Defense.”
Because he finds purpose in serving others meaningfully, Mr. Hartley founded a non-profit organization to help people with a life-threatening and severely disabling skin disorder become more self-reliant. For eight years, he served in various capacities, including Chief Legal Officer and President of the United Survivors with Epidermorlysis Bullosa (USeb).
For the community, Mr. Hartley is a Utah lobbyist and for about three years, he served as the Advocacy Committee Chair of the United Nations Association of Utah (UNAU) for about three years, working with legislators and others to make an impact for good in all the world by involving political leaders at the state and national levels to support the humanitarian efforts of the United Nations.
In his personal life, Mr. Hartley is an Eagle Scout and a Black Belt in Okinawan Shorin Ryu karate. He served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Seoul, South Korea where he not only learned the spoken and written Korean language, but he also learned Korean Sign Language as a missionary responsible for teaching those who were deaf for about half of his mission.
Once his mission was honorably completed, he earned his Bachelor's degree in psychology in less than two academic years after studying at Ricks College, the BYU Jerusalem Center for Near Eastern Studies, and Brigham Young University. One of his favorite jobs during school was teaching new missionaries from all over the world at the Missionary Training Center (MTC) in Provo, Utah to serve effectively in their assigned missions within the United States.
Mr. Hartley pursued a Jurist Doctor degree at California Western School of Law in San Diego where he had one of the best scholarships the school offers. Because of his grades in the first year of law school, he was selected to be a “large group tutor” for seventy (70) incoming students and to be a notetaker for disabled and foreign students in many law school classes for the remaining two years of his studies. While in California, he gained work experiences in Family, Workers Compensation, Employment, Franchise, Contract, Construction, and Corporate law.
Shortly after finishing law school there, he moved home to Utah. With only self-study as preparation, Mr. Hartley took and passed the Utah Bar exam. His first legal job in Utah was as a law clerk with a criminal defense firm that inspired his strong interest in criminal and juvenile law.
To Mr. Hartley, working as a lawyer is more of a service for others with sophisticated adventures in helping them overcome challenging problems than it is anything else. He is an idealist who turns his dreams into practical realities that benefit as many people as he can in the best way possible.