Judge Ronald A. Wilson


Judge Ronald A. Wilson earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Syracuse University and his Jurist Doctorate from Northeastern University. In 1996, he received the Otto Snowden Community Fellowship from the Urban Law and Public Policy Institute; a trail blazing program in Boston committed to developing solutions to the challenges facing the nation\'s inner city communities.


In 1999 he moved from New England to Arizona and worked for the Pima County Attorney as a Crime Prevention Specialist and Special Staff Assistant in the Community Prosecution Unit. In 2002, he was appointed the Chief Magistrate for the City of South Tucson.


In addition to his role as fulltime Judge for the City of South Tucson, Wilson is a professor at the University of Arizona, a faculty member of the Arizona Judicial College, high school civics teacher, mentor, author, playwright and entrepreneur. He is the immediate past National Chairman of the American Bar Association Mental Health Courts Committee and member of the editorial board for the Judges Journal. Judge Wilson is the founder of the National Justice Foundation, the Alcumus Institute for Advanced Mentoring and the Roots College Preparatory School for Wayward Children.


Judge Wilson is the recipient of the 2006 Tucson Business Edge 40 under 40 Man of the Year, the NAACP Rosa Parks Living History Makers Award, the Martin Luther King Jr. Drum Major Award and the Asa Philip Randolph Institute Ida B. Wells Social Justice Award.


When he was appointed Chief Magistrate for the City of South Tucson in 2002, Judge Wilson was 33 years of age, the first Black Chief Magistrate in Arizona and one of the youngest Chief Magistrates in American history.