Ruth McGregor

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Ruth V. McGregor is a former justice of the Arizona Supreme Court.

McGregor was a justice of the state's highest court from 1998, when she was appointed to the court by Republican Governor of Arizona Jane Dee Hull until her retirement in 2009.[1] She was retained in 2000 and 2006. She served a term as Chief Justice that ended with her retirement from the court. She retired from the court on June 30, 2009, and was succeeded by John Pelander.

Legal education and experience[edit]

McGregor received a B.A. degree from the University of Iowa in 1964, an M.A. from the University of Iowa in 1965, and her law degree from Arizona State University College in 1974.

Judicial career[edit]

McGregor served as law clerk to Supreme Court of the United States justice Sandra Day O'Connor from 1981–1982 and served on the Arizona Court of Appeals from 1989-1998.

McGregor was appointed to the Arizona Supreme Court in 1998 by Republican Governor Jane Dee Hull and remained there until her retirement in 2009. She was retained in 2000 and 2006. She served a term as Chief Justice that ended with her retirement from the court. She retired from the court on June 30, 2009, and was succeeded by John Pelander.

Advocate of Missouri plan[edit]

Justice McGregor is an advocate of Arizona's version of the Missouri Plan for choosing state judges.[2]

On "derogatory" terms referring to undocumented immigrants[edit]

The Los Abogados Hispanic Bar Association requested that the Arizona Court system cease using terms like "illegal" in cases and opinions. Justice Ruth McGregor in a letter, indicated that she has informed the judges of the organization's concerns with using terms like "illegal" "aliens" or "illegal immigrants."[3]

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