Ron Wilson is a retired Chief Judge from Tucson Arizona. He is the first fulltime African American Chief Magistrate in Arizona history and at the time of his appointment to the bench he was 33 years old and the youngest Chief Judge in the United States. He received his Bachelor of Arts Degree from Syracuse University and his Juris Doctor from Northeastern University. Ron also taught African American History at the University of Arizona from 2002 to 2009. Judge Wilson currently serves as the Chief Diversity Officer, Title IX Coordinator, Director of Social Equity, Agency Open Records Officer and Ombudsman for Edinboro University.
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Ronald A. Wilson is the former Chief Presiding Judge for the City of South Tucson, Arizona. He retired from this position in May 2014. His initial appointment to the bench on March 3rd, 2002, was historically significant. At the age of 33, he became the first fulltime African American Chief Magistrate in Arizona history.
He is a champion of Social Justice and has been recognized internationally for his working and contributions assisting the marginalized. He is the recipient of numerous awards and recognition. A few of these accolades include the Otto Snowden Community Fellowship from the Urban Law and Public Policy Institute, the Martin Luther King Jr. Drum Major Award, the Rosa Parks Living History Makers Award, the Asa Philip Randolph Social Justice Award, the LULAC Community Service Award and the Tucson Business Edge 2006 40 Under 40 Man of the Year. Judge Wilson served as a mentor for the American Bar Association and National Chair of the American Bar Association, Judicial Division, National Conference of Specialized Court Judges Mental Health Court Committee. He has also served on the Editorial Board of the Judges Journal. In 2006, Ron was selected as one of twenty judges to represent the United Sates Judiciary on a good will mission to Israel.
In addition to his position as a Presiding Judge, Ron has worked for the Pima County Prosecutors Office, The University of Arizona, Pima Community College and Managing Partner for Shazier, Wilson & Associates. He has served as an advisor or board member for several local and national not for profit community organizations. He has also been an advice-giver to Supreme Court Judges, Appellate Court Judges, University Presidents, State Senators, School Superintendents, Police Chiefs, Fire Chiefs, Mayors, Ministers and Moms. Judge Wilson has taught seminars on Diversity & Inclusion, Affirmative Action, Constitutional Law, Ethics, ADA, ADEA, Section 504, Title VII and Title IX. He has also taught courses on the Civil Rights Movement, Black History and Black Politics. Ron is a trained Transformative Mediator and has lectured on Restorative Practices and Social Justice. He has also facilitated workshops on community engagement, effective communication, active listening, alternative dispute resolution, diversity, multiculturalism, mentoring and intersectionality.
As a jurist and community leader, Ron has impacted the lives of thousands. He inspires people to think about the outcomes of their choices and motivates them to create positive opportunities for themselves and their communities. His message combines analysis of root causes with concrete solutions. He empowers people by sharing the story of his journey. His passion comes from his background as a foster child, who has had over 400 brothers and sisters, as well as, his personal journey to overcome physical handicaps and learning disabilities.
Ron received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Syracuse University and his Juris Doctor from Northeastern University School of Law.
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