John Pelander

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John Pelander
Associate Justice of the
Arizona Supreme Court
Assumed office
July 28, 2009
Appointed byJan Brewer
Preceded byRuth McGregor
Personal details
BornJanuary 1951 (age 67)
Political partyRepublican[1]
Alma materUniversity of Arizona

A. John Pelander (born January 1951) is a justice of the Arizona Supreme Court.

Pelander has a bachelor's degree from Wittenberg University and a J.D. from the University of Arizona College of Law. He was from 1976 to 1977 clerk for Richard H. Chambers of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. In 1998 he earned an LL.M. from the University of Virginia School of Law in judicial processes. From 1977 until 1995 he was involved in private practice, eventually becoming a partner in a law firm. He practiced law in Tucson and was involved in civil litigation. In May 1995 he was appointed to the Arizona Court of Appeals, Division 2 by Fife Symington. In 2004 he became the chief judge of this court. In September 2009 Pelander was appointed to the Arizona Supreme Court.

During Pelander's 2012 retention election he formed a campaign committee to fight off a "a Republican and "tea party" effort to vote him off the bench."[2] The opposition stemmed from Pelander's ruling in a three judge panel that Proposition 121 could be on the November ballot. The case was Open Government Committee v. Bennett.[3] Pelander was retained with 73.94% of the vote in the general election on November 6, 2012.[4]



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  2. ^ "Arizona Supreme Court Justice Pelander fights effort to oust him".
  3. ^ Corella, Hipolito. "Open-primaries measure to be on Arizona ballot".
  4. ^ "All local judges on ballot retained".