Ron Reinstein is a member of JSP’s Board of Directors. He retired as a Judge of the Superior Court of Arizona after 22 years on the bench. He now works as a judicial consultant for the Arizona Supreme Court and was appointed by the Chief Justice as the Director of the Center for Evidence Based Sentencing. He received his B.A. from Indiana University in 1970, his J.D. from Indiana University School of Law in 1973, and was inducted into the School of Law’s Academy of Law Alumni Fellows in 2002.
Ron also serves as a consultant to the National Institute of Justice, National Center for State Courts, Center for Effective Public Policy, National Forensic Science Technology Center, and the Justice Department Office for Victims of Crime.
Ron was a member of the National Commission on the Future of DNA Evidence, of which he chaired the Post-Conviction Issues Committee. He is the Chair of the Supreme Court Commission on Victims in the Courts, the Supreme Court Capital Case Oversight Committee, as well as the Chair of the Arizona Forensic Science Advisory Committee. He also serves on the Advisory Council of the National Crime Victim Law Institute, the Board of the Justice Management Institute, and the Advisory Board of the National Clearinghouse for Science, Technology, and the Law. He was appointed to the Interagency Working Group of the White House Subcommittee on Forensic Science and is a member of the Organization of Scientific Area Committees, where he serves as Vice Chair of the Legal Resources Committee.
Ron has also served as a presenter and on the faculty of numerous judicial and legal education programs on various subjects including DNA evidence, forensic science, sentencing issues, pretrial justice, capital litigation, victims’ rights, sex offender management, child sexual abuse, and trial advocacy.
He has received numerous awards, including the State Bar of Arizona Outstanding Judge Award, the Arizona Supreme Court Distinguished Service Award for Improving Public Trust and Confidence, the United States Attorney General’s National Crime Victims Service Award, the State Bar Judicial Award of Excellence, the United States Attorney General’s Distinguished Service Award for DNA Commission, the Arizona Attorney General’s Distinguished Service Award for Policy and Leadership, the Arizona Attorney General’s Award as the Outstanding Sexual Assault Judicial Professional, the Outstanding Judge Award from the Maricopa County Bar Association, the Society of Professional Journalists Sunshine Award, the “Empty Shoes” Award from Parents of Murdered Children. Most recently, he received the Chief Justice’s Outstanding Contributions to the Arizona Courts Award and the Judge Learned Hand Award for Public Service. He was selected to the Maricopa County Bar Association Hall of Fame in 2015 and was recently named a Distinguished Fellow of the Morrison Institute for Public Policy at Arizona State University.
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