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Vice Chief Justice John Pelander

Justice A. John Pelander photo
 
EDUCATION:
LL.M. (Master of Laws in Judicial Process) University of Virginia School of
    Law, 1998
J.D., with high distinction and Order of the Coif University of Arizona College
    of Law, 1976
    Executive Editor, Arizona Law Review, 1975-1976
B.A., cum laude, Wittenberg University, 1973
 
JUDICIAL CLERKSHIP:
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit,
     Judge Richard H. Chambers, 1976-1977
 
PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE:
Justice, Arizona Supreme Court, September 2009 – present
Judge, Arizona Court of Appeals, Division Two, May 1995 – August 2009
    Chief Judge, July 2004 – June 2009
    Vice Chief Judge, July 1999 – June 2004
Partner, Slutes, Sakrison, Grant & Pelander, P.C., 1984-1995
Partner, Slutes, Browning, Sakrison & Grant, P.C., 1981-1984
Associate and Partner, Slutes, Browning, Zlaket & Sakrison, P.C., 1977-1981
 
HONORS AND AWARDS:
Citation Award, Wittenberg University, 2010
Professional Achievement Award, University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law, 2010
Distinguished Alumnus Award, University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law, 2007
Second Year Law Student Contributing Most to Legal Scholarship, 1975
Outstanding First Year Writer, Arizona Law Review, 1974
Arizona State Bar Award, 1974 (top exam in course on legal ethics)
Standard Oil of Ohio Scholarship, Wittenberg University (4 years)
Alumni Scholarship, Wittenberg University (4 years)
 
PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS AND ACTIVITIES:
Council of Chief Judges of the State Courts of Appeal
    Vice President (2008-2009); Secretary/Treasurer (2007-2008)
Arizona Judicial Council, 2004-2009
Arizona Judicial Performance Review Commission, 2000-2007
Judicial Ethics Advisory Committee, 1997-2004
    Chairman, November 2000 – May 2004
Arizona Supreme Court CourTools Committee, 2008-present
Arizona Supreme Court Advisory Rules Committee for Rules of Commission on Judicial Conduct, 2000-2001
Arizona College of Trial Advocacy, Faculty, 1993-1995, 2007-2009
American Board of Trial Advocates, 1987-present
Arizona State Bar Appellate Practice Section, 1995-present
    Executive Council, 1996-1999
Arizona State Bar Civil Practice and Procedure Committee, 1983-1984
Morris K. Udall Inn of Court, 2006-2009
Presenter at many state and county bar association CLE programs
Moot court judge, University of Arizona College of Law, 1995-present
 
PUBLICATIONS:
Judicial Performance Review in Arizona: Goals, Practical Effects and Concerns, 30 Ariz. St. L. J. 643 (1998)
Michigan v. Tucker: A Warning About Miranda, 17 Ariz. L. Rev. 188 (1975)
Religious Freedom and the Native American Church, 16 Ariz. L. Rev. 554 (1974)
Prelitigation Investigation, Analysis and Employment of Experts, ch. 2, Arizona Personal Injury Guide (1991)