Arizona Judicial Branch

    Judicial Diversity Outreach


    Ruth V. McGregor, Former Chief Justice of the Arizona Supreme Court, on Judicial Diversity

    Former Arizona Chief Justice Ruth McGregor, one of the first women to serve on that State's high court, looks back on her career and emphasizes the importance of encouraging more diversity on the bench.

    Judge Roxanne Song Ong on Diversity on the Bench

    Judge Roxanne Song Ong former Chief Presiding Judge of the Phoenix Municipal Court talks about her path from the small grocery store her family owned in the city to the career she has today.

    Three Judges' Path to the Bench

    Judges Thomas LeClaire, Patricia Orozco and Maurice Portley talk about their path to the bench.

    So you want to be a Judge?

    The Arizona Supreme Court Commission on Minorities in the Judiciary, through its Diversity Workgroup, has developed this web site to promote judicial diversity in Arizona.  It is intended to encourage and assist minority attorneys who are contemplating judicial careers by providing a comprehensive source of information regarding judicial vacancies and the application process.   Because our state’s various minority bar organizations play a crucial role in recruiting, encouraging and assisting qualified minority applicants, this site also strives to provide useful information to those organizations while alerting applicants to the potential help they may receive therefrom.  In this context, the Commission encourages Arizona’s minority bar associations to borrow ideas from each other, to the extent feasible, in promoting qualified judicial applicants.  

    Finally, this site is intended to augment, not replace, the practical information provided to potential applicants as part of the Chris Nakamura Judicial Appointment Workshops.  Along with presenting the Workshop at the Minority Bar Convention (2015 Workshop Materials), the Commission is open to requests to co-host stand-alone presentations.

    How your local minority bar association can help you become a Judge

    Arizona's Minority Bar Associations

    Arizona Asian American Bar Association (AAABA) External Link Indicator
    Arizona Black Bar Association (ABB) External Link Indicator
    Arizona Minority Bar Association (AMBA) External Link Indicator
    Arizona Women Lawyers Association (AWLA) External Link Indicator
         Black Women's Lawyer Association of Arizona (BWLAA)
    Los Abogados Hispanic Bar Association External Link Indicator
    Native American Bar Association – Arizona Chapter (NABA-AZ) External Link Indicator

    Other Resources
          Committee on Persons With Disabilities in the Legal Profession

    Arizona Minority Bar Association Assistance
    The Commission recognizes that each minority bar association has neither unlimited time nor resources.  This project was designed to assist them in promoting judicial diversity as efficiently as possible.  The Diversity Workgroup interviewed the sister associations about their various judicial diversity activities and have organized that collective wisdom.

    Alerting your membership to various judicial openings
    Identifying and encouraging especially strong candidates
    Assisting Individuals who apply
    Finding out why an applicant was not selected
    Keeping your organization consistent
    Develop a pipeline of young attorneys interested in judicial careers
    Organizing materials