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Dean and Professor of Law
Dean Penny L. Willrich joined Arizona Summit Law School as a faculty member in 2005. Prior to teaching at ASLS, Dean Willrich served as the first African-American woman trial court judge in the history of the state of Arizona. Dean Willrich is licensed to practice law in Texas and Arizona. She serves on the following boards of director: The Commission on Minorities in the Judiciary, the Arizona Disciplinary Commission, the ABA Commission on Domestic Violence and Sexual
Assault, the Arizona State Bar Board of Governors, the Maricopa County Bar Board of Directors, the Downtown Phoenix Partnership, and the ASU Center for Applied Behavioral Health.
Dean Willrich has received many educational, community, and professional awards for her professional work, both locally and nationally. In 2012 she received the prestigious Phi Alpha Delta Fraternity John J. MacAulay Legal Educator Award based on a lifetime of dedication to the principles and ideals of integrity, compassion, courage and professional service. In 2014, she received the Jurisprudence Living History Award from The Links, Inc., Jack and Jill of America, Inc., and the Gamma Mu Boule for her service to Arizona and the local legal community. In 2015, Professor Willrich was selected as the American Bar Association Family Law Pro Bono Attorney of the Year. In 2016, Professor Willrich was recognized as one of the top 50 pro bono lawyers in the State of Arizona by the Arizona Foundation for Legal Services and Education.

Judge Willrich's Scholarly Publications on Spotlight on Summit or SSRN.