Mr. Hastings was appointed Special Master in March 1989. He graduated from the University of Michigan, receiving a B.A. degree, magna cum laude, in 1974, and from the University of Michigan Law School, receiving a J.D. degree, cum laude, in 1977.
Mr. Hastings served as Assistant Chief, Claims Court Section, Tax Division, U.S. Department of Justice 1985-1989. Previously he served as Attorney, Appellate Section, Tax Division, U.S. Department of Justice, 1978-1985, and as news editor for Good Morning Michigan, 1975.
Mr. Hastings was the recipient of the Tax Division Outstanding Attorney Award, 1981 and 1984, and the Attorney General's Special Commendation, 1983. He is a member of the bars of the State of Michigan, the United States Supreme Court, and numerous other Federal courts.