Hon. Elizabeth R. Finn (Ret.)

Former Presiding Judge. Glendale City Court

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“You need to find something you’re passionate about and help make the world a better place.” ~Judge Elizabeth Finn

Retired Presiding Judge, Hon. Elizabeth R. Finn, Named 2021 Woman of the Year

A community leader, advocate, champion for women and Arizona’s longest serving judge, Hon. Elizabeth R. Finn (Ret.) Former Presiding Judge, City of Glendale, honored for her commitment to community and serving others October 5, 2021.

Not only is Judge Finn Arizona’s longest city judge serving more than forty years, she is also an advocate for survivors of domestic violence. She helped rewrite some of the domestic violence laws that ultimately helped victims become survivors. Judge Finn also established specialty courts for cases involving domestic violence, homelessness, and mental health.

Her advice to future generations, “You need to find something you’re passionate about and help make the world a better place.” Judge Finn‘s service in the community through her work on the judiciary and her advocacy has helped her earn numerous awards.

Judge Finn has used her passion for civil rights, mental illness, homelessness, and domestic abuse issues to create and implement specialty courts that include a Domestic Violence Treatment Court and a Mental Health Court.

Judge Finn’s mother was a member of the founding class at ASU College of Law at the age of 48. She graduated two years after her mother in 1972. She worked at her father’s law firm prior to being appointed to the Phoenix Municipal Court, May 1, 1979. She became the Presiding Judge for the Glendale City Court on October 28, 2002. Judge Finn served the Glendale City Court until her retirement, March 25, 2021.

Judge Finn served many leadership roles including as the Past President of the Arizona Municipal Judges Association, the Past President of Valley Leadership and member of the Board, and the Past Dean of the Supreme Court Judicial College of Arizona. Judge Finn is a current member of the Executive Board and the Judicial Division co-editor of the Judicial Division Record, Board Member of Judges Journal Board and member of the Technology and the Professionalism and Ethics Committee. She has also received numerous awards for her advocacy and commitment to community.