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Probate Presiding Judge
Judge Klein attended the University of California, Berkeley graduating with honors in 1974. In 1977, he received his law degree from Indiana University, Bloomington. Following law school, Judge Klein was in the private practice of law, specializing in commercial litigation, and earned an “AV” Martindale-Hubbell superior rating.
Judge Klein has been active in the community and served on the board of Directors at Temple Beth Israel, Scottsdale, including his last two years as President. Judge Klein has also been an Adjunct Professor of Law at the ASU College of Law, and he is a frequent speaker at law-related seminars.
Since becoming a Maricopa County Superior Court Judge in 2001, Judge Klein has served with distinction in every rotation—juvenile, criminal, family, civil, and probate where he currently serves as Presiding Judge—and he has consistently received top scores on his judicial performance review.
In 2015, Judge Klein received the William W. treat Award from the National College of Probate Judges for contributions to the improvement of law and judicial administration. Previous recipients include U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor. In 2016, Judge Klein received the James A. Walsh Award presented by the State Bar of Arizona to the outstanding jurist in the state whose career exemplifies the highest standards of judicial conduct for integrity, independence, and knowledge. Previous recipients include judges from the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, Arizona District Court, and Arizona Supreme Court.
Probate and Mental Health Presiding Judge
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