Honorable Michael Hegarty is a graduate of Kansas State University (B.A. 1982, cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa) and the University of Kansas School of Law (J.D. 1986, Order of the Coif). He was on the editorial board of the Kansas Law Review. His education includes one year of graduate study at Justus Liebig Universitaet in Giessen, Germany. Judge Hegarty clerked for U.S. District Judge Dale Saffels (District of Kansas) from 1986-88. Following this judicial clerkship, Judge Hegarty worked as an Associate Attorney with the Washington, D.C. law firm of Arnold & Porter from 1988-90. His primary areas of practice were environmental and antitrust law. In 1990, Judge Hegarty transferred to the Denver office of Arnold & Porter, where his practice centered on environmental and natural resource law and securities fraud. In 1992, Judge Hegarty became an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the District of Colorado. His areas of practice included defending the United States and its agents in civil litigation, including employment discrimination, personal injury, federal appeals, Administrative Procedure Act suits, natural resource law, immigration cases, Social Security disability cases, Privacy Act/FOIA, prisoner habeas and Bivens claims, and other constitutional torts. He became the Chief of the Civil Division of the U.S. Attorney's Office in 2002 and remained in that position until 2006. On February 15, 2006, Judge Hegarty was sworn in as a United States Magistrate Judge for the District of Colorado. He was reappointed for a second term of eight years effective February 15, 2014.