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Judge Helene ABRAMS (PRO TEM SMITH)
Judge Helene ABRAMS (PRO TEM SMITH) Current Assignment: Juvenile Department
Assignment History:
Department: Juvenile 
Year: 6/2011 
Location: Phoenix 
Department: Family Court 
Year: 12/2009 
Location: Southeast Facility in Mesa 
Department: Criminal 
Year: 6/2007 
Location: Southeast Facility in Mesa 
Department: Civil 
Year: 5/2005 
Location: Southeast Facility in Mesa 
Work History:
2005 - Present:  Superior Court Judge, Superior Court in Maricopa County 
1993 - 2005:  Juvenile Division Chief, Maricopa County Public Defender’s Office 
1983 - 1993:  Deputy Public Defender, Maricopa County Public Defender’s Office - Trial, Juvenile and Appellate Divisions 
Education:
  • J.D., 1980, University of Arizona
  • Bachelor's degree, Philosophy, 1976, University of Arizona
Committees/Associations:
  • Appointed member, Arizona Supreme Court Commission on Minorities
  • Appointed member, Arizona Department of Juvenile Corrections Task Force
  • Member, Arizona Women Attorneys Association
  • Charter member, Arizona Attorneys for Criminal Justice
  • Past member, Southwest Regional Juvenile Defender Center Advisory Board
Community Involvement:
  • Paradise Valley United Parent Council
  • Parent Teacher Organization-Desert Shadows Elementary and Middle Schools
  • Building Blocks Initiative-Arizona Supreme Court
  • Teen Court
  • Latino Youth Summit
  • Valley Teen Leadership-Mock Trial February, 2004
  • Horizon High School Huskies Baseball Volunteer Parent
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