The Honorable Ron Reinstein recently retired as a Judge of the Superior Court of Arizona after almost twenty-two 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 was appointed to the bench in December 1985 and served as the Presiding Criminal Judge from 1990-1998, and the Associate Presiding Judge of the Court from 1998-2000. Prior to his appointment, he was a Deputy Maricopa County Attorney from 1974-1985, serving as Supervisor of the Criminal Trial Unit and the head of the Sex Crimes Unit. He received his B.A. from Indiana University in 1970 and his J.D. from Indiana University School of Law in 1973. In 2002, Judge Reinstein was inducted into the Indiana University School of Law’s Academy of Alumni Fellows.
Judge Reinstein was a member of the National Commission on the Future of DNA Evidence, of which he chaired the Post-Conviction Issues Committee. He currently serves on the National Advisory Board of the U.S. Justice Department Center for Sex Offender Management; the Advisory Board of the Office of Victims of Crime/National Center for State Courts “Victims of Crime in the Criminal Justice System” project; the working group for the National Institute of Justice “Principles of Forensic DNA for Officers of the Court” CD-Rom training project; the Advisory Board of the National Clearinghouse for Science, Technology and the Law; the National Institute of Corrections’ Advisory Committee on Evidence Based Decision Making; and is a charter member of the Governor’s Children’s Justice Task Force in Arizona.
He is currently the chair of the Arizona Supreme Court Commission on Victims in the Courts and the Arizona Attorney General’s Forensic Science Advisory Committee, as well as a member of the Arizona Supreme Court Capital Case Task Force and the Children’s Action Alliance Juvenile Justice Committee. Judge Reinstein is also an Adjunct Professor of Law at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University.