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John Pelander

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John Pelander
Current Court Information:
Arizona Supreme Court
Title:   Justice
Salary:  $
Appointed by:   Gov. Jan Brewer
Active:   2009-2018
Preceded by:   Ruth McGregor
Past post:   Arizona Court of Appeals
Past term:   1995-2009
Past post 2:   Partner, Slutes, Sakrison, Grant & Pelander, P.C.
Past term 2:   1984-1995
Personal History
Undergraduate:   Wittenberg University, 1973
Law School:   University of Arizona, 1976
Grad. School:   University of Virginia, 1998
Candidate 2012:
Candidate for:  Supreme Court
State:  Arizona
Election information 2012:
Incumbent:  Yes
Election date:  November 6, 2012
Retention vote:  1,070,838
Retention vote %:  73.94% ApprovedA

A. John Pelander III is a justice of the Arizona Supreme Court. He was appointed to the court on July 28, 2009 by Governor Jan Brewer. His current term will expire in 2018.[1][2][3]


Judge Pelander earned his undergraduate degree cum laude from Wittenberg University in 1973 and his J.D. from the University of Arizona in 1976, with high distinction. He later earned his LL.M. in Judicial Process from the University of Virginia in 1998.[2]


Awards and associations


  • Citation Award, Wittenberg University, 2010
  • Distinguished Alumnus Award, University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law, 2007
  • Professional Achievement Award, University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law, 2007
  • Outstanding First Year Writer, Arizona Law Review, 1974
  • Arizona State Bar Award, Legal Ethics, 1974[2]


  • Member, Arizona Judicial Performance Review Commission
  • Member, Arizona Supreme Court CourTools Committee, 2008-Present
  • Vice President, Council of Chief Judges of the State Courts of Appeal, 2008-2009
  • Secretary, Vice President, Council of Chief Judges of the State Courts of Appeal, 2007-2008
  • Member, Morris K. Udall Inn of Court, 2006-2009
  • Member, Arizona Judicial Council, 2004-2009
  • Member, Arizona Supreme Court Advisory Rules Committee for Rules of Commission on Judicial Conduct, 2000-2001
  • Chairman, Judicial Ethics Advisory Committee, 2000-2004
  • Member, Judicial Ethics Advisory Committee, 1997-2004
  • Executive Council, Arizona State Bar Appellate Practice Section, 1996-1999
  • Moot court judge, University of Arizona College of Law, 1995-Present
  • Member, Arizona State Bar Appellate Practice Section, 1995-Present
  • Faculty, Arizona College of Trial Advocacy, 1993-1995, 2007-2009
  • Member, American Board of Trial Advocates, 1987-Present
  • Member, Arizona State Bar Civil Practice and Procedure Committee, 1983-1984
  • Executive Editor, Arizona Law Review, 1975-1976[2]



Pelander was retained with 73.94% of the vote in the general election on November 6, 2012.[4][3][5]

See also: Arizona judicial elections, 2012


Pelander was retained with 202,371 in favor of retention and 49,627 opposed to retention.[6]


Pelander was retained with 119,794 in favor of retention and 34,552 against retention.[7]

Political ideology

See also: Political ideology of State Supreme Court Justices

In October 2012, political science professors Adam Bonica and Michael Woodruff of Stanford University attempted to determine the partisan ideology of state supreme court justices in their paper, State Supreme Court Ideology and 'New Style' Judicial Campaigns. A score above 0 indicated a more conservative leaning ideology while scores below 0 are more liberal. Pelander received a Campaign finance score (CFscore) of 0.75, indicating a conservative ideological leaning. This is more conservative than the average CF score of 0.1 that justices received in Arizona. The study is based on data from campaign contributions by judges themselves, the partisan leaning of contributors to the judges or, in the absence of elections, the ideology of the appointing body (governor or legislature). This study is not a definitive label of a justice, but an academic gauge of various factors.[8]

See also

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