Presiding City Magistrate - Judge J. Matias Tafoya

 

Judge TafoyaJ. Matias Tafoya was appointed by the Mesa City Council  as Presiding City Magistrate on September 8, 2003. 

Prior to his appointment as Presiding City Magistrate, he served as a judge in the Phoenix Municipal Court for nineteen years.  He also has worked as a Deputy County Attorney for the Maricopa County Attorney's  Office, as an Assistant City Prosecutor for the Phoenix City Prosecutor's Office, and was in private practice. 

Judge Tafoya has been a member of the Arizona State Bar since 1975, a member of the Los Abogados Hispanic Lawyers Association since 1976, and a member of the Arizona Asian American Bar Association since 2001.  He is a Founding Member of the Minority Judges Caucus.

He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science/Economics from Northern Arizona University.  Judge Tafoya was awarded his Juris Doctorate by Arizona State University College of Law.

 

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