Arizona Judicial Branch

Lorraine Arkfeld

HON.  LOURAINE C. ARKFELD, retired served as the Presiding Judge for the Tempe Municipal Court since February 1994.  Prior to her appointment she had been a judge in the Phoenix Municipal Court since 1984 and the Assistant Presiding Judge there since 1989.  In addition to serving on the bench, Judge Arkfeld serves on the Arizona Judicial Council, as Chair of the Court Leadership Institute of Arizona and sits on the Maricopa County Commission of Justice System Intervention for the Seriously Mentally Ill and the Public Safety and Justice Task Force of the Council of State Governments.  In addition to presiding over Tempe’s Mental Health Court, Judge Arkfeld also presides over the Regional Homeless Court and serves on the board of Arizona State University Law School’s Homeless Legal Assistance Project.  She was the winner of the 2005 William H. Rehnquist Award for Judicial Excellence presented by the National Center for State Courts and the 2006 Hero in Women’s Mental Health award.

Judge Arkfeld also served as the Judicial Member-at-Large of the American Bar Association’s Board of Governors and as the chair of the Board’s Program, Evaluation and Planning Committee, is a Past Chair of the Judicial Division of the ABA and the ABA Commission on the American Jury Project and currently Chair of the Judicial Division Rule of Law and International Courts Committee and on the Council of the International Law Section.  She also chaired the ABA Working Group on the Rule of Law and an Independent Judiciary.    Judge Arkfeld is also a member of the World Jurists Association.

Judge Arkfeld served on the Arizona Supreme Court Commission on Technology as a member from 1990 to 2009 and as chair from 1997 to 2000.  She also served a six-year term on the Arizona Commission on Judicial Conduct, serving as Vice-Chair of the commission for the last two years.  Judge Arkfeld also served on the Trial Court Leadership Council for the National Center for State Courts and the American Bar Association’s Committee on the Research of the Future of the Legal Profession. She served on the Supreme Court Committee to Study Interpreter Issues as well as the Court Interpreter Funding Committee.  She is a past president of the Arizona Magistrates Association and a graduate of Valley Leadership, Class XI.

Judge Arkfeld was 1994 Chair for New Judge Orientation for Limited Jurisdiction Judges in Arizona, serving as faculty at New Judge Orientation since 1987.  She has also served as faculty for the Arizona Annual Judicial Conference, American Bar Association Annual Conference, the National Judicial College, the Traffic Court Technology Conference, as well as numerous other seminars, with a particular emphasis on domestic violence, traffic enforcement, technology issues and problem-solving courts.    

ACM: Caseflow Management
ACM: Purposes and Responsibilities of Courts
ACE: Visioning and Strategic Planning