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  • Judge Simmons named Judge of the Year

    Jul 01, 2015 | Read More News
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    Judge SimmonsThe Honorable Sarah R. “Sally” Simmons, who has served as presiding judge of the Arizona Superior Court in Pima County for the last four years, has been named Judge of the Year  by the Arizona Supreme Court.

    Simmons was honored June 17 at the 2015 Distinguished Service Awards luncheon in Scottsdale during the annual Judicial Conference. The Arizona Supreme Court honors those who have made extraordinary contributions to the administration of justice.

    At the end of the month, Simmons will step down as presiding judge, having completed her term, and return to hearing cases on the Superior Court civil bench.

    Simmons has served as presiding judge of Pima County since May 2011. Prior to that, she was the presiding judge of Juvenile Court in Pima County for two years. She also served as presiding judge of the family law bench from January 2009 to March 2011. Simmons was appointed to the bench by Governor Janet Napolitano, in January 2006.

    At various times during her career on the bench Simmons has been a member of the Committee on Juvenile Courts, the Arizona Commission on Judicial Performance Review, the Child Support Guidelines Review Committee, the Domestic Relations Committee and the New Judge Orientation Committee. She currently serves on the Arizona Judicial Council, the Steering Committee on Arizona Case Processing Standards, the Commission on Victims in the Courts, the Task Force to Review the State Bar’s Role and Governance and has volunteered as a speaker for Our Courts Arizona.

    During her career as a lawyer, Simmons worked in Colorado for a year prior to joining the firm of Molloy, Jones and Donahue, P.C. in Tucson, where she worked for 19 years. She was of-counsel and a partner at Brown and Bain, P.A. for nine years and a partner at Lewis and Roca, LLP for three years.

    Simmons serves on the board of directors of the James E. Rogers College of Law, University of Arizona, Law College Association and on that college’s Board of Visitors. She is a director emeritus of the DM-50, having served as that organization’s president prior to taking the bench.  She also is a member of Arizona Town Hall, another organization for which she served on the Board of Directors while she was a lawyer. She was active in a number of community organizations as a board member or board president, including United Way, Tucson Airport Authority, Tohono Chul Park and Metropolitan Tucson Convention and Visitors Bureau, before becoming a judge.

    Simmons has been Tucson Woman of the Year, a member-of-the-year for the State Bar of Arizona and has received other local and state awards. In addition, she served as the 1993-1994 president of the State Bar of Arizona.