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Justice Rebecca White Berch

Chief Justice Rebecca W. Berch photo


EDUCATION:
M.A., Arizona State University, 1990
J.D., Arizona State University College of Law, 1979
B.S., Arizona State University, 1976
 
PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE:

Arizona Supreme Court, March 2002 - Present

       Justice, March 2002 - June 2005; July 2014 - Present

       Chief Justice, July 2009 - June 2014

       Vice Chief Justice, June 2005 - June 2009

Judge, Arizona Court of Appeals, Division One, April 1998 - March 2002

First Assistant (Chief Deputy), Arizona Attorney General, 1996 - 1998
Special Counsel to the Arizona Attorney General, 1995 - 1996
Solicitor General for the State of Arizona, 1991 - 1994

Director, Legal Writing Program, Arizona State University

       College of Law, 1986 - 1991, 1994 - 1995

Associate and Partner, McGroder, Tryon, Heller, Rayes & Berch, 1979 - 1985

 

SELECTED PUBLIC SERVICE:

Council, Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar,

       American Bar Association, 2010 - Present (Chair 2015 - 2016)

Chair, Bar Admissions Committee, Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar,

       American Bar Association, 2007 - 2010

Board of Trustees, National Conference of Bar Examiners, 2009 - Present (Secretary 2015 - 2016)

Board of Advisors, The Green Bag Almanac and Reader, 2006 - Present

Member, The American Law Institute, 2014 - Present

Member, Valley Leadership CEO Circle, 2015 - Present

Board of Governors, U.S. Conference of Chief Justices, 2009 - 2014

Chair, Arizona Commission on Trial Court Appointments (Pinal County), 2014 - Present

Chair, Arizona Commission on Appellate Court Appointments, 2009 - 2014

Chair, Arizona Commission on Trial Court Appointments (Maricopa County), 2002 - 2005

Chair, Commission on Technology, 2005 - 2009

Judicial College of Arizona, 1999 - 2004 (Dean, 2002 - 2004)

Liaison, Arizona State Bar Board of Governors, 2002 - 2003

Arizona Ambassador, iCivics, 2014 - Present

Commission on Judicial Conduct, 2001 - 2002

Judicial Ethics Advisory Committee, 2000 - 2001
Board of Certified Court Reporters, 1999 - 2002
Committee on Examinations, 1996 - 2002
Board of Editors, The Journal of the Legal Writing Institute, 1990 - 2002
Board of Directors, Homeless Legal Assistance Project, 1990 - 1999
State Bar Civil Practice (RAJI) Committee, 1992 - 1995
Civil Justice Reform Act Advisory Committee, 1992 - 1994
Judge Pro Tempore, Arizona Court of Appeals
Judge Pro Tempore and Court-Appointed Arbitrator, Superior Court in Maricopa County, 1984 - 1998
Board of Directors, Arizona State University College of Law Alumni Association, 1982 - 1985
Law Society, Arizona State University College of Law, 1987 - Present
Various Appellate Practice Institutes (Chair, Judge, and Speaker)
Committee on Judicial Education and Training, 2002 - 2004
Valley Leadership Class XIX
We the People – Volunteer Judge and Trainer (Local and National)

Arizona Mock Trial – Judge for High School Competitions

 

HONORS AND AWARDS:

Marilyn R. Seymann Founder's Award, Arizona Foundation for Women, 2015

Juris Doctor, Honoris Causa, Arizona Summit School of Law, 2014

Speaker, Commencement Ceremony, Arizona Summit School of Law, 2014

Distinguished Service Award, Volunteer Lawyers Program of Southern Arizona Legal Aid, 2014

Alumni Service Award, Arizona State University, 2014

James A. Walsh Outstanding Jurist Award, State Bar of Arizona, 2014
Mark Santana Award for Exceptional Contributions in Law-Related Education, 

       Arizona Foundation for Legal Services & Education, 2013

Fifty Most Influential Women in Arizona Business, Arizona Business Magazine, 2013

John S. Lancy Award, Arizona State University, Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law, Law Journal, 2012

Hall of Fame, Maricopa County Bar Association, 2012
Sarah Herring Sorin Award, Arizona Women Lawyers Association, 2012

Top 500 Leading Lawyers in America, Lawdragon, 2011
Speaker, Commencement Ceremony, Arizona State University College of Law, 2008, 2010

Speaker, Commencement Ceremony, Phoenix College, 2009

Hall of Fame "History Makers" Award, Phoenix College Alumni Association, 2008

Henry Toll Fellowship Program, The Council of State Governments, 2003 

Rebecca White Berch Pro Bono Suite, Arizona State University College of Law, Dedication 2003
Professional Achievement and Contributions Award, Arizona Women Lawyers Association, 2002
Distinguished Achievement Award, Arizona State University College of Law, 2002
Outstanding Alumnus, Arizona State University College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, 2002
Outstanding Alumnus of the Year Award, Arizona State University College of Law, 1999 - 2000
Outstanding Alumnus Award, Arizona State University College of Law, 1999
General Appreciation Award, National Association of Attorneys General, 1998
Outstanding Service Award, Office of the Arizona Attorney General, 1998
Recognition for Contributions to Arizona State University College of Law, 1994
Distinguished Service Award, Arizona State University College of Law, 1994
Outstanding Attorney of the Year, Office of the Arizona Attorney General, 1992
Outstanding Service Award, Office of the Arizona Attorney General, 1992
Outstanding Service Award, Phoenix College, 1974
Award for Leadership and Service to Arizona State University, 1973
 
PUBLICATIONS:

Co-Author, Introduction to Legal Method and Process, West Publishing Co.,

       1985, 5th edition, 2010

Co-Author, Teacher’s Manual for Introduction to Legal Method and Process, West Publishing Co.,

       1985, 5th edition, 2010

Author, more than a dozen law review articles, plus chapters in two books, book reviews,

       and numerous short articles

 
TEACHING:

Director, Legal Research and Writing Program, Arizona State University

       College of Law, 1986 - 1995 (leave 1991 - 1994)

Adjunct Professor, Arizona State University College of Law, 1984 - 1986

Adjunct Professor, Center for Women’s Studies, Arizona State University, 1985 - 1986
Adjunct Professor, Center for the Study of Justice, Arizona State University, 1980 - 1982
Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, Arizona, summers 1986 - 1987
Mount St. Mary’s College, Los Angeles, California, 08-1986

Regular Speaker for Continuing Legal Education Programs and Civic Groups