Judge Hetherington was born in Oklahoma City February 21, 1947 and has been a resident of Norman, Oklahoma for sixty-five years. He is a graduate of Norman High School, University of Oklahoma and received his Juris Doctorate degree in 1979 from the Oklahoma City University School of Law. Judge Hetherington served on the alumni Board of Trustees of the OCU School of Law through the end of his term in 2004.
After graduation from Oklahoma University in 1969, Judge Hetherington managed Hetherington Insurance Agency and was a home builder serving as President of the Norman Home Builders Association in 1973.
Judge Hetherington's judicial career began in 1982 as a Special District Judge. He retired from the bench and entered private practice in 1986 through 1991. He was appointed District Judge, Office No. One, Cleveland County in 1992. He was re-elected through five, four year election terms, unopposed. During his tenure as a District Judge, he served as Chief Judge for Judicial District 21, Cleveland County, six terms and was elected by his peers as Presiding Judge of the South Central Administrative Judicial District serving in that capacity during 2001 and 2002. Judge Hetherington also served on the Executive Board of the Oklahoma State Judicial Conference for six years and as President of the Conference in 2000.
Judge Hetherington proudly serves on the Oklahoma Court of Civil Appeals, District Four Office One, appointed to that position in November, 2009. Judge Hetherington has extensive experience in handling mass tort litigation, having been the assigned Judge in the State of Oklahoma Attorney General Tobacco case, several oilfield mass tort actions and cases involving the Oklahoma Wal-Mart employees and the "Hepatitis C" cases out of central Oklahoma. Judge Hetherington has received special recognition for his Judicial administration of the Cleveland County Community Corrections Intervention system and for implementing and overseeing the Cleveland County Mental Health Court deviation program judged by Special District Judge Jequita Napoli.
Judge Hetherington regularly serves as visiting lecturer at the University of Oklahoma School of Law and is a master member of the Luther Bohanon American Inn of Court.
Judge Hetherington is enjoying his 44th year of marriage to Susan Wright Hetherington, and are extremely proud parents of three children and grandparents to three.
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