Arizona Judicial Branch

Roxanne Song Ong

Hon. Roxanne Song Ong received her B.A. degree in Education from Arizona State University and her J.D. degree from the University of Arizona College of Law. 
Judge Song Ong was appointed as the Chief Presiding Judge of the Phoenix Municipal Court in 2005 by the Phoenix City Council. Phoenix is the 6th largest city in the United States serving a population of over 1.5 million.  Judge Song Ong has served as a judge for the Phoenix Municipal Court since 1991.  She was appointed as the Assistant Presiding Judge in October 2000.  Prior to that, she served as a judge for the Scottsdale City Court from 1986-1991.  Prior to judging, Judge Song Ong practiced in the areas of criminal prosecution, defense, and immigration law. 
Judge Song Ong was elected the 2014 President of the National Conference of Metropolitan Courts; She served as Chair of the Arizona Supreme Court’s Commission on Minorities (COM) 2006-2014; She has served as immediate past Chair to the Arizona Supreme Court Committee on Judicial Education and Training (COJET) from 2002-2013;  Member of the Arizona Judicial Council (AJC) of the Arizona Supreme Court; Member of the Arizona Supreme Court’s Commission on Technology (COT); and is a Member of the Arizona Supreme Court Publications Committee.  She formerly served on the Arizona Supreme Court’s Judicial Ethics Advisory Committee for over 8 years. She serves as a faculty member for the Arizona Supreme Court’s New Judge Orientation Program and for the Arizona Judicial College.  Judge Song Ong served as the 2012 President of the Board of Directors of the Arizona Foundation for Legal Services and Education.   Additionally, she is a Board Member and faculty of the State Bar of Arizona’s Leadership Institute and is an officer with the Arizona Minority Judges’ Caucus.  
Judge Song Ong has received many awards and recognitions over the years:  In 2014 she was awarded the “Judge Bob Jones Memorial Award” by the American Judges Association in recognition of significant contributions to Judicial Education; Also in 2014, she received the Justice Tom C. Clark Award from the National Conference of Metropolitan Courts; In 2014 she received the State Bar of Arizona’s CMWL Committee on Minorities and Women in the Law Award for outstanding achievement in advancing equal opportunity in the legal profession; Judge Song Ong was awarded the 2014 YWCA Tribute to Leadership Honor in the field of Public Service;  Judge Song Ong was honored as one of “25 Most Influential Minority Business Leaders in Arizona” in 2014 by the Arizona Business Magazine;  Judge Song Ong was inducted into the 2013 Maricopa County Bar Association’s Hall of Fame;  Judge Song Ong was honored as the “2013 Judge of the Year” by the Arizona Supreme Court;  Judge Song Ong was the 2013 recipient of the Asian Pacific Community in Action Award; Also in 2013 she was honored by the AZ Women Lawyer’s Association for her Dedication to the Advancement of Women Lawyers and the AWLA;  In 2012, she was honored as one of “48 Most Intriguing Women in Arizona” by the Arizona Historical Society and the Arizona Centennial Legacy Project;  She was the 2010 recipient of the State Bar’s “Judicial Award of Excellence”; She was the recipient of the 2009 (NAPABA) National Asian American Bar Association’s Trailblazer Award, the organization’s highest honor;  in 2000, she was also honored as one of the “100 Outstanding Women and Minorities for the State of Arizona” by the State Bar of Arizona and the Maricopa County Bar Association;  she was the recipient of the Arizona Bar Foundation’s 1999 Attorney Law-Related Education Award; and, she was also recognized in Arizona’s Pioneering Women in Law, published by the Women Law Students’ Association of Arizona State University College of Law in 1999. 
Judge Song Ong is recognized as the first Asian woman judge in the State of Arizona and is the first woman and minority to be named as the City’s Chief Judge.  


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