The funds we raise through grants and donations are used to support the work of Treatment and Problem Solving courts in Maricopa County.
Funds make it possible for Treatment Courts to provide small, tangible incentives to
participants who keep their promises and reach important milestones on the road to reclaiming their lives around.
Small items like toys and diapers provided to the Courts as incentives for defendants support positive behavior.
Occasionally, we award funds to other charitable organizations incorporated as 501(c)(3) tax exempt entities that are dedicated to the purpose and objectives of Friends of the Court.
A graduate of the University of Arizona Law School in 1977, Colin served 17 years
on the Maricopa County Superior Court, some of those as the presiding judge. He
practices law at the Osborn Maledon law firm and his practice areas are:
commercial litigation; criminal defense; and alternative dispute resolution. He is
Chairman of the Board.
A 1968 graduate of St. Johns University School of Law, Barry served 21 years on the
Maricopa County Superior Court, some of them as the civil presiding judge. He was
part of the initial pilot project involving settlement conferences and related alternative
dispute resolution procedures in the Court. He currently practices as a mediator
David is a 1965 graduate of Harvard Law School and has been a commercial
litigator listed for many years in The Best Lawyers in America and Southwest
Superlawyers. He practices law at the Sacks Tierney law firm and serves as a
mediator and arbitrator in commercial and construction law disputes. He is the
Secretary-Treasurer of the Board.
A 1977 graduate of Washburn University Law School, Mike is a commercial litigator
listed for many years in The Best Lawyers in America and Southwest Superlawyers.
He practices law at the Stinson Morrison Hecker law firm in the areas of: Antitrust;
Business Litigation; and Governance, Risk, and Compliance.
Mitch is an executive banker at National Bank of Arizona, managing the banking and
financing relationships for busy professionals and executives. He has 18 years in the
banking industry and has been a Rotary Club member in recent years.
Carey received her law degree from St. John’s University in New York. During her 20
years as a judicial officer, Carey presided over several of Maricopa County’s
Problem Solving Courts, including the Adult Drug Court, DUI Court, Domestic
Violence Court, Comprehensive Mental Health Court, and the Family Drug Court.
She has also served on several state-wide committees during her career, including
the Committee on the Impact of Domestic Violence and the Courts and the Az
Association of Drug Court Professionals, to which she served as President for the
Ryan is the Director of Purchasing and Facilities for the Southwest Network of
Phoenix, a non-profit corporation. Southwest has 14 adult and child behavioral health
clinics and is the largest provider-network organization. Ryan has a degree in hotel
management and has worked in sales and HR positions, particularly regarding
recruitment, branding and advertising.
Robin is a faculty associate at Az State University in the School of Social Work and
a Board member of the Az Association of Drug Court Professionals. She has helped
create many of the problem solving courts currently in practice at the Maricopa
County Superior Court including the Spanish language DUI Court, Veterans Court,
the Juvenile Transferred Offender Court, and the Family Treatment Court. Robin is a
licensed counselor and has worked in the court system for 30 years.
Angela is a criminal defense attorney in the Specialty Court Unit of the Maricopa
County Office of the Public Defender. She represents clients in the Juvenile
Transfer Offender Program and Veterans Court. Angela has a bachelor’s degree in
Molecular Cellular Biology and a law degree from the University of Arizona. She co-
founded the Coconino County chapter of Girls on the Run in 2007 and has worked
with youth involved in the criminal justice system for the past 12 years.
Peter has over 40 years experience working with trial courts in Oregon, Arizona, and California. He has consulted with the judicial systems in Liberia, Moldova, and Beirut, Lebanon. Peter graduated from Santa Clara University with his bachelor’s degree in Political Science, received his Master’s of Public Administration with a specialty in Court Administration from the University of Southern California, and is a Fellow of the Institute for Court Management. He is a recipient of the NACM Award of Merit. He currently hosts the Court Leader’s Advantage Podcast in cooperation with NACM
Kindra grew up in the Midwest-obtaining her undergraduate degree from the University of Minnesota and her law degree from Western Michigan University. Kindra moved to Arizona in 2009 with her “manfriend” who has since become her husband. She started her legal career as an intern at the Arizona Justice Project and the Arizona Attorney General’s Office. Upon admission to the bar, Kindra went to work for the Maricopa County Public Defender’s Office where she spent three years as a deputy public defender handling hundreds of adult-felony cases. With this invaluable experience, Kindra returned to the Arizona Justice Project in 2013 as the Staff attorney; she took the lead managing two federal-innocence grants in and conducted in-depth reviews in over 75 cases post-conviction cases; each case varying in age and complexity. In addition to innocence litigation, Kindra sought and successfully gained relief for several clients at the Board of Executive Clemency through the parole process and clemency process. Coming full circle, Kindra recently returned to the Maricopa County Public Defender’s Office where she currently handles felony matters. Kindra volunteers her time with the Homeless Legal Assistance Program and serves as a Board Member on the Arizona Friends of Court Board.
“RJ Parker is currently assigned to the Capital Unit of the Maricopa County Public Defender’s Office, where he has worked as lead counsel on death-penalty cases since 2014. Prior to this assignment, he worked in the trial division representing clients in hundreds of major felony cases. He has presented at numerous seminars on issues pertaining to all stages of the criminal process, and regularly works with trial attorneys on developing trial advocacy skills. RJ has previously worked with organizations that focus on conflict resolution and international criminal law.