Az Business and AZRE magazines announced the publications’ lists of the Most Influential Women in Arizona for 2020, including Ann A. Scott Timmer, vice chief justice of the Arizona Supreme Court. Each day, azbigmedia.com is profiling one of the Most Influential Women of 2020.
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Today’s spotlight: Ann A. Scott Timmer
Vice chief justice
Arizona Supreme Court
Background: Arizona Supreme Court Vice Chief Justice Ann A. Scott Timmer received her B.A. from the University of Arizona; her J.D., magna cum laude, from Arizona State University; and a Masters in Judicial Studies from Duke University Law School. She was appointed to the Supreme Court in 2012 after serving on the Court of Appeals from 2000 – 2012, serving three years there as Chief Judge. Justice Timmer practiced primarily commercial law for 15 years before being appointed to the bench. She has chaired several groups seeking to diversify and improve the legal profession and the justice system, has received many awards, and is a sought-after presenter on a variety of topics.
Professional advice: “Learn to self-promote. The notion you will be noticed and rewarded for your labors in silence is largely a fallacy. Many people don’t recognize good work, and it must be called to their attention.”
Lesson learned in 2020: “In this time of extraordinary crisis management, I have learned the value of resisting the urge to take immediate action and instead invite input from a diverse pool of creative thinkers.”
Surprising fact: “According to my judicial assistant, people would be surprised that I have ‘a wicked sense of humor and can be very funny.’”