Meet The Justices

Chief 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:
Chief Justice, Arizona Supreme Court, July 2009 - Present
Vice Chief Justice, Arizona Supreme Court, June 2005 - June 2009
Justice, Arizona Supreme Court, March 2002 - June 2005
Judge, Arizona Court of Appeals, Division One,
  April 1998 - March 2002
First Assistant 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:
Board of Directors, U.S. Conference of Chief Justices, 2009 - Present
Co-Vice Chair, Education Committee, U.S. Conference of Chief Justices, 2010 - Present
Co-Vice Chair, Meeting Planning Committee, U.S. Conference of Chief Justices, 2010 - Present
Board of Trustees, National Conference of Bar Examiners, 2009 - Present
Chair, Education Committee, National Conference of Bar Examiners, 2010 - Present
Council, Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar, American Bar Association,
  2010 - Present
Council - Executive Committee, Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar,
  American Bar Association, 2010 - Present
Chair, Arizona Commission on Appellate Court Appointments, 2009 - Present
Board of Advisors, The Green Bag Almanac and Reader, 2006 - Present
Chair, Bar Admissions Committee, Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar,
  American Bar Association, 2007 - 2010
Chair, Probate Rules Committee, 2006 - 2007
Chair, Commission on Technology, 2005 - 2009
Chair, Maricopa County Trial Court Appointments, 2002 - 2005   
Judicial College of Arizona, 1999 - 2004 (Dean, 2002 - 2004)
Liaison, Arizona State Bar Board of Governors, 2002 - 2003
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:
Graduation Speaker, Arizona State University College of Law, 2008, 2010
Graduation Speaker, Phoenix College, 2009
Rebecca White Berch Pro Bono Suite, Arizona State University College of Law, dedicated 2003
Distinguished Achievement Award, Arizona State University College of Law, 2002
Outstanding Alumnus, Arizona State University College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, 2002
Professional Achievement and Contributions Award, Arizona Women Lawyers' Association, 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
Appreciation Award, National Association of Attorneys General, 1998
Outstanding Service Award, Arizona Attorney General’s Office, 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, Arizona Attorney General’s Office, 1992
Outstanding Service Award, Arizona Attorney General’s Office, 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, eleven law review articles, chapters in two books, book reviews and numerous 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