ABOTA American Board of Trial Advocates logoWe received word this month about a newly named “Judge of the Year,” an honor bestowed by the Phoenix Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA). The 2013 Judge of the Year is Judge A. Craig Blakey II.

(I wrote about last year’s honoree here.)

Congratulations to Judge Blakey, who serves on the Superior Court for Maricopa County. He received the award at a dinner on December 6, and he was recognized for his “integrity, dedication and professionalism.”

According to the court: “Judge Blakey, who was appointed in 2002, is currently assigned to Juvenile Court. He previously served on civil, family and criminal court calendars. He earned his Juris Doctorate from California Western School of Law in 1979 and his Bachelor of Science in American Studies from Northern Arizona University in 1975.”

ABOTA’s mission includes promoting the efficient administration of justice and constant improvement of the law.