Jurist-in-Residence 2009: Arizona Chief Justice Ruth V. McGregor – “The Rule of Law in Challenging Times


Chief Justice of the Arizona Supreme Court, The Honorable Ruth V. McGregor served as the second annual McAfee and Taft Jurist-in-Residence at OCU LAW. Justice McGregor visited the law school March 3-5 for a series of events, lectures, and classroom appearances, as well as a public lecture titled “The Rule of Law in Challenging Times” at 5 p.m. Tuesday, March 3 in the Homsey Family Moot Courtroom. Justice McGregor also met with faculty and alumni as well as members of the Oklahoma City legal community throughout the week.

Justice McGregor earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees at the University of Iowa before graduating first in her class from Arizona State University College of Law. She clerked for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor during Justice O’Connor’s first year on that court, and earned an LL.M. from the University of Virginia. She was an employment law litigator for Fennemore Cooper in Phoenix and has been an appellate judge for 20 years. She is the immediate past chair of the Council of the American Bar Association’s Section on Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar, where she played a major role in influencing plenary review of the accreditation standards for law schools. She serves as vice president of the National Association of Women Judges, and served on the Central and East European Law Initiative for the American Bar Association.

The Jurist-in-Residence program at OCU LAW is sponsored by the Oklahoma City law firm McAfee & Taft. Now in its second year, the Jurist-in-Residence program enables OCU to invite a leading jurist to the law school each year for a few days to provide students and faculty with perspectives on the judicial process and contemporary legal issues.