Hon. Karen Adam
Pima County Juvenile Court
Commissioner Adam was born and raised in New England but has lived in Tucson since 1970. She graduated from the University of Arizona with a BA in sociology in 1972, and from the University of Arizona College of Law in 1976. Her first job was with the Pima County Public Defenderís Office, where she worked from 1976 to 1980. She was appointed to the Tucson City Court bench in 1981, and remained there until 1987, when she was named judge pro tempore at Pima County Superior Court Juvenile Division. She became a Superior Court Commissioner in 1995. In 1997, she was transferred to the Pima County Superior Court. Since then, she has had varied assignments, including mental health, probate, criminal and family law. Commissioner Adam is currently one of ten family law judicial officers and serves as presiding commissioner.She is married to Prof. Robert J. Glennon, who teaches at the James E. Rogers College of Law at the University of Arizona, and is the mother of Brian, 21, a junior at the University of Arizona, and Katherine, 17 a junior at University High School. She has been involved in numerous civic and professional organizations. For fun, Commissioner Adam likes to white water raft, hike, cook, and listen to the blues.