Congratulations Judge Song Ong
Judge Roxanne K. Song Ong has served the Arizona criminal justice system for nearly 40 years, breaking new ground as the first Asian American woman lawyer and judge in Arizona. A Phoenix native, Judge Song Ong began her career practicing in the areas of criminal prosecution, defense, and immigration law, followed by her judicial career beginning in 1986 on the Scottsdale City Court.
In 1991, she became a judge for the Phoenix Municipal Court and in the year 2000, became the Assistant Presiding Judge. In 2005, she was appointed as the Chief Presiding Judge of Phoenix and thus became the first woman and minority to hold the chief judge position. With Phoenix being the fifth largest city in the United States, Judge Song Ong began running one of the busiest courts in the country until her retirement from the court in late 2014.
Judge Song Ong’s term was marked by advances in the management of DUI cases and the introduction of problem-solving courts to address cases involving populations with significant financial, psychological, behavioral, physical and other related challenges. Phoenix’s Veterans Court, Homeless Court, Mental Health Court, and Domestic Violence Court have become models for other courts in the state and country. Judge Song Ong continues to serve as a pro tem judge for other jurisdictions while teaching and speaking on topics of judicial, legal and civics education, access to justice, and diversity and cultural competency.
Check out this featured article in the Asian Sun.