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Hon. Stasy Danielle Avelar


Maricopa County Superior Court

Honorable Stasy Avelar was appointed as a Superior Court Judge in March of 2021. Before her appointment to the bench, Judge Avelar practiced law in Arizona for 28 years. She is a former prosecutor and law school instructor and ran her own family law practice for 12 years. In 2001, she started the Victim's Legal Assistance Project at the ASU College of Law, which allowed Law Students and volunteer attorneys to represent victims in criminal law proceedings to asset their victim's rights, including one appeal to the United States Supreme Court. She was an active volunteer for Community Legal Services as well as Wills for Heroes, receiving the 2010 President's Volunteer Service Award and was recognized by her peers as a Super Lawyer for ten years. Judge Avelar has participated extensively in bar activities, particularly those involving family law. In 2021 Judge Avelar received the Bridging the Gap award from the Maricopa County Bar Association for her work with the bar and the bench. Judge Avelar received her Bachelor of Arts degree, cum laude, from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa in 1990. She received her Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from the University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona in 1993.