Crane McClennen, (retired)
Maricopa County Superior Court
Judge Crane McClennen was born Phoenix, Arizona. He attended Arizona State University, graduating with a Bachelor degree in 1968 and a Juris Doctor cum laude in 1972, and was managing editor of the Arizona State Law Journal. He was appointed Judge of the Maricopa County Superior Court in January 1997 and retired July 2016, having served on the Criminal, Civil, Family Court, Juvenile, and Administrative Appeals and Lower Court Appeals Divisions. Prior to his appointment as judge, he worked at the Office of the Arizona Attorney General in the Criminal Appeals Section.
Crane McClennen is the author of the Arizona Courtroom Evidence Manual and Arizona Legal Forms, Criminal Procedure, and has authored numerous articles in the Arizona Attorney. He is a present or past member of numerous Court and State Bar Committees, including the Arizona Supreme Court Appellate Case Processing Implementation Task Force, the Judicial College of Arizona Publication Committee, the Board of Editors of Arizona Attorney, the Appellate Handbook Committee, the Criminal Rules Committee, the Criminal Jury Instruction Committee, the Peer Review Committee, and the Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee. He is the past Chair of the Criminal Justice Section, the Board of Legal Specialization, and the Continuing Legal Education Committee.
In 2016, Crane McClennen received the State Bar of Arizona Michael D. Ryan award for Judicial Excellence, and in 1995, received the State Bar of Arizona award for Outstanding Member. In 1986 and 1989, he received the State Bar of Arizona award for Outstanding Contribution to Continuing Legal Education, and in 1991, received the State Bar of Arizona award as Outstanding Public Lawyer. He is a Founding Fellow of the Arizona Bar Foundation.
May 17, 2017