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Don’t miss this important update! Learn about all the new updates to Arizona protective orders. Topics include:
Charles J. Adornetto, MCJC Judicial Education Officer, Maricopa County Justice Courts
Honorable Wendy Morton, Maricopa County Superior Court
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Charles J. Adornetto is the Judicial Education Officer for the Maricopa County Justice Courts and a Judge Pro Tempore in several courts. In his many years of legal practice, Mr. Adornetto has been the Wickenburg Town Magistrate, the Chief Hearing Officer at the Arizona Department of Juvenile Corrections, the Chief Hearing Officer/Assistant Director of the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System, and an Assistant Chief Administrative Law Judge at the Arizona Department of Transportation.
Mr. Adornetto graduated from Stanford Law School and has a B.S. in Political Science from Arizona State University. He has also attended the Judicial College of Arizona; the National Judicial College in Reno, Nevada, the Arizona College of Trial Advocacy, the Certified Public Manager program, and the State University of New York at Buffalo.
Mr. Adornetto is a member of the Arizona Commission on Access to Justice and the Chair of that group's Limited Jurisdiction Court Self-Represented Litigant Workgroup. He is a past Chair of the Executive Council of Arizona State Bar Public Lawyer Section and of the Juvenile Law Section. He also serves on the State Bar Fee Arbitration Committee and has served on the Unauthorized Practice of Law Advisory Committee and Peer Review Committee. He has also been a substitute teacher in our public schools and is the past president of A Stepping Stone Foundation, a charity providing preschool and family literacy services, along with college scholarships, to at-risk youth in Arizona.
Mr. Adornetto received three Strategic Agenda Awards from the Arizona Supreme Court for Enhancing Professionalism within Arizona's Courts, in 2015 (Best Practice for Ensuring Access to Justice for Self-Represented Litigants); in 2020 (Best Practices and Webinars for Evictions During the Pandemic); and 2021 (New Judge Pro Tem Training Program); received two awards from the National Association of Counties in 2020 for Information Technology (Educational Podcast System) and Personnel Management, Employment and Training (New Pro Tem Training Program); and one in 2021 for County Administration and Management (Maricopa County Eviction Best Practices Program); and was a Supervisor of the Year at the Arizona Department of Juvenile Corrections in 2006. Mr. Adornetto has served as a Table Mentor or presenter at the Supreme Court's Limited Jurisdiction New Judge Orientation from 2019 to the present.
is a Commissioner for the Superior Court of Arizona in Maricopa County. She is currently assigned to the Juvenile Department, where she presides over Family Treatment Court and handles Adoptions, Guardianshps, Severances and Orders of Protection/Injunctions against Harassment. Commissioner Morton is Chair of the Superior Court's Specialty Court Committee, which advises all Problem Solving Courts in Maricopa County. She created the CANVAS program in which Family Treatment Court, Mental Health and Veterans Court participants to engage in creative outlets that assist with success on probation. In 2017, CANVAS was awarded a National Association of Counties Award and was recognized nationally as being one of 100 "Brilliant Ideas at Work". Prior to her current assignment, she served in the Criminal Department in Rule 11/Mental Health and Veterans Court and in the Family Court Department, where she served as Presiding Family Court Commissioner.Commissioner Morton began her legal career as a Special Deputy County Attorney with the Pinal County Attorney's Office. From 1993-2002, she was a Deputy Maricopa County Attorney, where she served in the pretrial, juvenile, charging, trial and major crimes divisions (Sex Crimes and Vehicular Crimes). In 1997, Commissioner Morton was named the State Bar of Arizona's Attorney of the Year for Law Related Education and the Maricopa County Attorney's Office Juvenile Division Attorney of the Year. In 2002, she was appointed an Administrative Law Judge with the Arizona Office of Administrative Hearings, where she served as an Assistant Presiding Administrative Law Judge. From 2006-2010, she served as a Municipal Court Judge in Scottsdale. In 2009, Commissioner Morton received the Award for Judicial Excellence (now the Michael D. Ryan Award for Judicial Excellence) from the Public Lawyer's Section of the State Bar of Arizona. She has also served on the Phoenix Municipal Court bench.
Commissioner Morton has served on the State Bar Public Lawyer's Section Executive Council since 2006, serving as chair in 2010. She is also a faculty member for the State Bar Professionalism course. She is a past chair of the Arizona Attorney Magazine Editorial Board, where she served an 8 year term. She also served for 8 years on the faculty of the State Bar Leadership Institute. Commissioner Morton was a long-time member of the Bar Convention Committee and served as co-chair of the 2008 and 2009 Bar Conventions. She served a 6 year term on the Board of Directors of the Arizona Foundation for Legal Services and Education and volunteered for 15 years as a Regional Coordinator for the Arizona High School Mock Trial Program. From 2010-15, she served as Adjunct Professor of Law at the Arizona Summit School of Law.
In 2011, Commissioner Morton wrote, produced and directed a seven-part documentary series for the Arizona Supreme Court entitled "Legends of the Arizona Judiciary", which highlights trailblazing judges in Arizona's legal history. Commissioner Morton is also the author/illustrator of four books: "Court Story", a nationally award-winning coloring book that teaches children about the court system, a children's book called "Flipper and Dipper and the Treasures of 6 Bird", whose proceeds are donated to the Syracuse University to honor her classmates lost aboard Pan Am 103 in 1988, "Flipper and Dipper in the Royal Wedding" and "Brush with the Big Easy: Watercolors to Celebrate a City."
Commissioner Morton is a 1989 graduate of Syracuse University, where she obtained her dual degree in Broadcast Journalism and Political Science. In 1992, she obtained her Juris Doctorate from Widener University School of Law in Wilmington, Delaware. Commissioner Morton is admitted to practice law in Arizona, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.