Ruth Swenson's passion for advocating change began as a special education teacher in Colorado.
Working within the special education system brought to light issues that needed policy revision or legal intervention to rectify. As a passionate and committed educator, Ruth spoke openly among colleagues about the need for change, and she ultimately decided obtaining a law degree was the most effective way to achieving needed changes.
Since graduating from the University of Nebraska College of Law with her Juris Doctor, Ruth concentrated in the area of practice that matters most to the people around her - family law. Her educational background provides her with the practicality, patience, understanding and zeal to help her clients and see them succeed. Her knowledge of special education uniquely equips her to handle education-based issues and family law cases involving clients and children with special needs. In all, she strives to provide her clients with the chance to resolve legal issues fairly and justly.
Since 1993 Ruth has operated her own law firm, now a solo-practice, Ruth M. Swenson, LLC, in Mesa. She is able to assist clients in divorce mediation, collaborative divorce and litigation in her private practice. She also serves as Judge Pro Tem, Maricopa County Superior Court's Family Law Division, which allows her to hear both sides of family law cases and assist the parties and their attorneys if represented to settle some or all of their family law issues prior to the final hearing or trial.
Professional memberships and associations
-Maricopa County Bar Association
-Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee, 1994 - 1997
-East Valley Bar Association
-Committee on Child Support
-Arizona Judicial Council 1992, 1994 & 1996
-Arizona State Bar, Administrative Law Section, 1993 - 1996
-Tamara's Hope, Advocacy Organization, 1994 - 1997
-Member, Board of Directors
-State Bar of Arizona, Public Lawyers Section
-Past Member, Board of Directors
-Arizona State Bar, Family Law Section
-National Federation of the Blind of Arizona
-Board of Directors
-Judge Pro Tem, Maricopa County Superior Court, Family Law Division
-Ruth M. Swenson, LLC, Sole Practitioner, 2004 - Present
-Swenson and Brown, P.L.L.C., Partner, 2000 - 2004
-Ruth M. Swenson, LLC, Sole Practitioner, 1993 - 2000
-Community Legal Services, Eastside Office, Maricopa County, Managing Attorney, 1991 - 1993
Community Legal Services, Eastside Office, Maricopa County, Staff Attorney, Domestic Violence Project, 1988 - 1993
-State Services for the Visually Impaired, Lincoln, Nebraska, State Consultant for the multi-disabled/blind, 1977 - 1982
-Kansas Neurological Institute, Topeka, Kansas, Resource Room Teacher for the blind/multi-handicapped, 1972 - 1973
-Kansas Neurological Institute, Topeka, Kansas, Teacher for the deaf/blind/multi-handicapped, 1971 - 1972
-Certification and specialization
-Specialized Mediation Training