Arizona Judicial Branch

Meet Vice Chief Justice Scott Bales

Meet Vice Chief Justice Scott Bales

Vice Chief Justice Scott Bales joined the Arizona Supreme Court in 2005 and became Vice Chief Justice in 2012 after the retirement of former Vice Chief Justice Andrew Hurwitz.

Before his appointment to the Court, Vice Chief Justice Bales had practiced law in Arizona as both a private and public lawyer. As Arizona's Solicitor General from 1999-2001, he handled major appeals in state and federal court, oversaw the enforcement of Arizona election laws, and supervised the preparation of legal opinions on issues concerning state government.

Vice Chief Justice Bales served as Deputy Assistant Attorney General for the U.S. Department of Justice's Office of Policy Development, was a federal prosecutor in the United States Attorney’s Office in Phoenix, and a Special Investigative Counsel for the Justice Department's Inspector General.

After graduating from Michigan State University with degrees in history and economics,Vice Chief Justice Bales received a master’s degree in economics and his law degree from Harvard. He then went on to clerk for then Justice Sandra Day O’Connor on the U.S Supreme Court and Judge Joseph T. Sneed III on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Vice Chief Justice Bales also teaches at the law schools at the University of Arizona and Arizona State University and participates in various legal education programs, including the "We the People" high school competition in constitutional law.

"I do different kinds of law-related education for students ranging from second graders to non-law graduate students," Vice Chief Justice Bales once said. "I am interested in encouraging others to learn about our Constitution and its history."

He currently serves as Chair to the Commission on Technology.

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