About the Judge

Judge Anne Fisher Segal is the Justice of the Peace for Precinct One. She was elected in November, 2008 and represents a portion of the northern section of Pima County. Her precinct is approximately the area north of the Rillito River between Catalina Highway and Shannon Road to the town of Catalina.

Judge Anne Segal graduated from Sahuaro High School and then from the University of Arizona with distinction and received her degree in journalism and political science. Judge Segal attended University of San Diego Law School and was a member of the Law Review. Judge Segal also has a PhD in Education, Management and Development from New Mexico State University. Her dissertation focuses on methodologies of learning for the young adult. In her dissertation, she coins the term “teenagogy” to describe best teaching practices for engaging college students to absorb rules and responsibilities for risk-taking behaviors.

ACCOMPLISHMENTS AT COURT

In 2008 Judge Segal elected to represent Judicial Precinct One.

2008 to present – handled 35,000 civil and criminal cases; conducted 70 jury trials; 800 bench and court trials.

Judge Segal is among the least users of substitute pro tem judicial hours for vacations or calendar conflicts.

2010 Judge Segal is re-elected.

2010 CIVIL MEDIATION -- Judge Segal creates and establishes a successful pilot mediation project to enable parties to resolve law suits through informal discussions and with the help of a trained attorney mediator. The mediation process avoids expensive, confusing legal motions and trials.

2011 Judge Segal wins first prize for fiction writing for the Arizona Attorney magazine

2011 Judge Segal voluntarily attends National Judicial College in Reno, Nevada for resolving disputes with non-represented litigants.

2012 Judge Segal is sworn into the United States Supreme Court Bar Association. This honor is only awarded to attorneys who are qualified and in the highest standing in their state bar association.

2012 CONTRACTS FOR CIVILITY -- Judge Segal creates a nationally unique program that enables neighbors who are in a dispute to resolve problems through mutually agreements to avoid court-ordered Injunctions Against Harassment. An article explaining the process is attached.

2008 to present - Judge Segal teaches undergraduate courses at the University of Arizona as an adjunct professor. Course topics include Communications and the Law; Law and Public Policy; Juvenile and Mental Health Laws; Court Processes

PROFESSIONAL ACHIEVEMENTS
  • Passed state examination and member of the Arizona State Bar association (active)
  • Passed state examination and member of the California State Bar Association (inactive)
  • Passed state examination and member of the Illinois Bar Association (inactive)
  • Passed state examination and member of the New Mexico State Bar Association (inactive)
  • Sworn into the United States Supreme Court bar association
  • Co-Author of Mental Health Laws of New Mexico
  • Member of the Pro Tem Selection Committee
  • Member of the Agave Court Committee for Digital Judicial Orders
COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES, ACHIEVEMENTS AND LEADERSHIP
  • Co-chairperson of Love Our Schools, annual fundraiser for the Catalina Foothills School District
  • Member of the Catalina Foothills School District Foundation
  • Member of the Catalina Foothills High School Strategic Planning Committee
  • Volunteer for Catalina Foothills High School parent spirit committees, such as band, pomline, Grad Night, swim team
  • Former member of Tucson Rotary; Coordinator of Norma Peale book drive for Kino Hospital waiting room
  • Member of Federation and co-chairperson of “Connections.”
  • Member of Assistance League; committee advisor to Assisteens
  • Organizer for a reunion of the retired Pima County Superior Court judges
  • Founding organizer for the return of the Sunday Evening Forum of Tucson; Justice Sandra Day O’Conner is first invited guest.
  • Volunteer for the Tucson Festival of Books
Family History

Judge Segal is the youngest daughter of Dr. Bernard and Judge Lillian Fisher. Dr. Fisher, deceased, was a dentist on the far east side. Judge Fisher was a Pima County Superior Court Judge and served as the first woman juvenile court judge. Judge Segal’s brother, Michael, a Florida school teacher. Her sister is Margie Fisher Cunningham, a prominent Tucson family law attorney. Dr. Robert Segal’s mother and sister also live in Tucson.

The Segals have three children: Stephen was recently honorably discharged from overseas military service; Brad is a medical student at Harvard Medical School and Bonnie is completing her undergraduate degree to be an elementary school teacher the University of Arizona.

In 1995, the Segals moved to Las Cruces, New Mexico to be out of the cold winters and closer to the Southwest. Judge Segal began teaching at New Mexico State University. She taught criminal law and procedure, communications law, courts and legal process and administrative law. While in New Mexico, Judge Segal served as a girl scout leader, a cub scout leader and she organized a children’s summer swim teach. She also co-authored a book, “Mental Health Laws of New Mexico.”

Judge Segal was elected to be a magistrate judge in Dona Ana County, a position similar to that of the Justice of the Peace. While serving as a magistrate judge, Judge Segal served on the New Mexico Supreme Court Committee for Rules of Court of Limited Jurisdiction. She also served as the alternative judge for the Dona Ana County Drug/Alcohol Court.

In 2004, the Segal moved to Tucson. Judge Segal’s mother is retired Pima County Superior Court judge Lillian Fisher. Her sister is a well-respected family law attorney, Margie Fisher Cunningham. Dr. Segal mother, Bertha Segal, and his sister and brother-in-law also live in Tucson. The Segal children attended Orange Gove Middle School and all graduated from Catalina Foothills High School. The children participated in the school band, pomline, student government and swim team. Judge Segal was also very active in the school community. She was president of the Catalina Foothills High School family Faculty Organization,

Judge Segal was an adjunct professor at the University of Arizona. She taught various undergraduate courses, including Law and Media, Arizona Educations laws, Law and Society, Courtroom Process and Procedures, Law and Public Policy.