For our March editorial we are featuring a leader who has played a very important role within our community. Judge Mary Helen Maynard Maley who works for the Santa Cruz County Justice Court. She has served for 21 years as a judge, and it the presiding Judge of the Justice Court. Judge Maley arbitrates disputes, advises counsel, jury, litigants, and court personnel in the handling of civil, criminal and traffic cases. She reviews cases on protective orders and landlord tenant disputes. She establishes rules of procedures on behalf of the law and superior court.
Besides serving as a judge, she is an active community leader. She served as mentor and teacher for the Arizona Supreme Court New Judge Orientation. Judge Maley is the founder of a non-profit organization Circles of Peace. She is also a member of ZONTA International Service Club. It is an international organization of professional working towards advancing the status of women through advocacy and community service. She is a member of the Nogales Lions Club, Santa Cruz County Community Foundation, and a member of the Women’s Club.
“Even though I am not a native Nogalian, I have always felt welcomed into the community,”said Judge Maley. I love the people of Nogales, the weather, scenery, mountains, culture, open spaces, and ranches. I simply love the community. My goal is to help improve our community by helping increase job opportunities and transportation services for our area.
Judge Maley plans to continue within the judicial system as a mediator for the Supreme Court. She also plans to dedicate more time working with Circles of Peace. “I plan to spend more time with my family and enjoy life,” said Maley. I plan to continue working towards improving our community.
I am grateful to all those individuals who inspired me to become the person I am today. My parents played a huge role. They were excellent role models. My father incredible work ethics and sensitivity to people inspired me to pursue a career in law. My mother was an extremely active community member she gave so much to her community, which inspired me. I am deeply thankful to court staff, judges, and friends for their support and patience. I am grateful to Sister Guadalupe Jurado for her helping me renew my faith
Another important figure who inspired me was Dr. Linda Mills, Vice-Provost of New York University. Through her studies, I was able to learn about the importance of restorative justice. While serving as a judge, I realized how unique each case is. We felt it was important to establish an organization focused on helping victims, perpetrators and their families restore their lives.
According to Judge Maley, “People who want to change or improve their community have to realize it take action and participation.” It is important to take part in the change, not only for ourselves but for our future generations. Being of service to others helps you grow as an individual. Community service is not only fun but also very rewarding.