Meet The Justices

Vice Chief Justice Scott Bales

Justice W. Scott Bales photo
EDUCATION:
J.D., magna cum laude, Harvard Law School,1983; Harvard Law Review, Board
    of Editors, 1981-1983   
M.A., Economics, Harvard University,1980   
B.A., summa cum laude, Michigan State University, 1978 Phi Beta Kappa, Phi
     Kappa Phi, Omicron Delta Epsilon
 
CLERKSHIPS:
U.S. Supreme Court, Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, 1984-1985
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, Judge Joseph T. Sneed III, 1983-1984
Office of the Solicitor General, U.S. Department of Justice, 1983
 
PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE:
Justice, Arizona Supreme Court, 2005-Present
Lewis and Roca LLP, 2001-2005
    American Academy of Appellate Lawyers, 2003
    Director's Award for Superior Performance as an Assistant U.S. Attorney, U.S.
    Department of Justice, Executive Office of U.S. Attorneys, 2001
Solicitor General, Office of the Arizona Attorney General, 1999-2001
    Team AG Award, 2000
Assistant U.S. Attorney, District of Arizona, 1995-1999
    Deputy Assistant Attorney General, Office of Policy Development, U.S.
    Department of Justice, 1998-1999
    Special Investigative Counsel, Office of the Inspector General, U.S. Department of Justice, 1995-1997 (FBI
        Laboratory  Investigation); U.S. Attorney General's Distinguished Service Award 1998; Inspector General's
        Award of Merit, 1997
Meyer, Hendricks, Victor, Osborn & Maledon, 1985-1994
 
PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS AND ACTIVITIES:
Executive Committee, Appellate Judicial Conference, ABA Judicial Division, 2008-Present   
American Law Institute (elected 2007)
Board of Trustees, American Inns of Court Foundation, 2006-2010; Leadership Council 2010 - Present
Board of Directors, Arizona Foundation for Legal Services and Education, 2004-2005; Foundation for Justice
    Award, 2005
Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, Advisory Committee on Rules of Practice, 2001-2005
Arizona Lawyer Representative, Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference, 2002-2005; Chair 2004-2005
Chair, District of Arizona, U.S. Magistrate Judge Merit Selection Committee (Phoenix), 2003-2004
Judge Pro Tempore, Arizona Court of Appeals, 1993, 1998-1999; Maricopa County,1995-2002
State Bar of Arizona
     Appellate Practice Section, Executive Council, 2003-2006; Chair 2004-2005
     Task Force on Access to Justice, 2002-2004
     Rules of Professional Conduct Committee, 1999-2005
     Civil Practice and Procedure Committee, 1996-1998
            Criminal Rules Committee, 1995
Volunteer Bar Counsel, Arizona State Bar Disciplinary Proceedings, 1993
Arizona State Senate Ethics Committee, Special Investigative Counsel, 1991
 
TEACHING
University of Arizona, Adjunct Professor of Law; Separation of Powers, 2007-2011; Election Law, 2003-2005
Arizona State University, Adjunct Professor of Law; Separation of Powers, 2007-2010; Election Law, 2001;
    Origins of the Constitution, 1993; Presidential Powers, 1989-1991; Advanced Civil Procedure, 1988;
    The Supreme Court, 1988
Harvard University, Teaching Fellow, 1979-1983; Social Analysis 10 (introductory economics), 1979-1983; Allyn 
    Young Prize for Excellence in Teaching Economics 1980,1981; Antitrust Law and Economics, 1982-1983;
    The Supreme Court and the Constitution, 1982