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Michael D. Jones


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Michael D. Jones

Phoenix - Retired Superior Court Judge Michael D. Jones passed away December 31, 2017, after a year-long battle with pancreatic cancer. Michael is survived by Melody, his wife of 39 years, his daughter Hillary, his father David, and his sister Kim.

Michael was born April 20, 1952, in Decatur, Illinois. His family moved to Tucson, Arizona in 1956. Michael attended the University of Arizona, where he earned his bachelor's degree in History. He attended the University of Arizona College of Law, and was admitted to practice law in 1977.

Michael had a long and distinguished legal career. He worked for the Tucson City Prosecutor, the Arizona Attorney General, and the Maricopa County Attorney from 1977 to 1988, when he was appointed Commissioner of the Maricopa County Superior Court. He was appointed to the Superior Court in 1994.

In 2012, Michael retired from the bench and began teaching full time at Arizona Summit Law School. Michael was an excellent teacher who was held in high regard by his students, his faculty colleagues, and school administrators. He launched and supervised Summit's International Journal of Therapeutic Jurisprudence. He was awarded the prestigious Bruce Winick Award by the International Academy of Law and Mental Health for his work in the field of Therapeutic Jurisprudence. More recently, the International Society for Therapeutic Jurisprudence created the Peggy Hora / Michael Jones Distinguished Therapeutic Jurisprudence Judging Award.

Michael was an outgoing, creative, and inspirational lawyer, judge, and teacher. He is greatly missed by his family, his many friends, and his professional colleagues. There will be a private burial on January 13, 2017. A celebration of life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made to the Hospice of the Valley (Sherman Home), located at 5801 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix AZ 85054.
Published in The Arizona Republic from Jan. 11 to Jan. 12, 2018
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