Presiding Judge Roxanne Song Ong's Bio

Presiding Judge Roxanne Song Ong's Bio


1978J.D. - University of Arizona College of Law
1975B.A. in Education - Arizona State University


2005 - PresentChief Presiding Judge - Phoenix Municipal Court
2000 - 2005Assistant Presiding Judge - Phoenix Municipal Court
1991 - 2000Judge, Phoenix Municipal Court
1986 - 1991Judge, Scottsdale City Court


  • Chair, Arizona Supreme Court Committee on Judicial Education and Training (2003 - 2013)
  • Chair, Arizona Supreme Court Commission on Minorities
  • Arizona Judicial Council of the Arizona Supreme Court
  • Arizona Supreme Court Commission on Technology
  • Arizona Supreme Court Publications Committee
  • Arizona Supreme Court New Judge Orientation Program
  • President - Board of Directors, Arizona Foundation for Legal Services and Education (2012)
  • Board Member, State Bar of Arizona Leadership Institute
  • Arizona Minority Judges’ Caucus


Awards and Recognition:

  • 2013 - Maricopa County Bar Association - Hall of Fame Inductee
  • 2013 - Arizona Supreme Court Judge of the Year for Arizona
  • 2013 - Arizona Asian Pacific Community in Action Award Recipient
  • 2012 - Arizona's 48 Most Intriguing Women Honoree by the Arizona Historical Society and the Arizona Centennial Legacy Project
  • 2010 - State Bar of Arizona Judicial Award of Excellence
  • 2009 - National Asian Pacific American Bar Association Trailblazer Award
  • 2000 - Listed as one of the “100 Outstanding Women and Minorities” with Maricopa County Bar Association and the Arizona State Bar
  • 1999 - Arizona Bar Foundation’s Attorney Law-Related Education Award
  • Recognized in the Women Law Students’ Association of Arizona State University College of Law “Arizona’s Pioneering Women in Law”
  • Recognized as the first Asian woman judge in the State of Arizona
  • First woman and minority to be named as the city’s chief judge