Hon. Roxanne K. Song Ong

Hon. Roxanne K. Song Ong was appointed the chief presiding judge of the Phoenix Municipal Court in 2005.  She is the first Asian woman judge in the State of Arizona and the first woman and minority to be named as Phoenix’s chief judge. She has served as a judge in Phoenix since 1991 and was appointed the assistant presiding judge in 2000 and served as a judge for the Scottsdale City Court from 1986-91.  Judge Song Ong also practiced law in the areas of criminal prosecution, defense, and immigration law.  She is the 2014 president of the National Conference of Metropolitan Courts (NCMC); chair of the Arizona Supreme Court’s Commission on Minorities; and immediate past chair of the Arizona Supreme Court Committee on Judicial Education and Training.  She is a member of the Arizona Judicial Council; the Supreme Court Commission on Technology; the board and faculty of the State Bar of Arizona’s Leadership Institute; and the faculty of the Arizona Supreme Court’s New Judge Orientation Program and the Arizona Judicial College.  Honors presented to Judge Song Ong include the 2014 YWCA Tribute to Leadership Award for Public Service; 2013 Maricopa County Bar Association’s Hall of Fame; 2013 Arizona Supreme Court Judge of the Year; 2013 Asian Pacific Community in Action Award; 2010 Arizona State Bar’s Judicial Award of Excellence; and 2009 National Asian American Bar Association’s Trailblazer Award.