Hon. Barry Schneider
Maricopa County Superior Court
Barry C. Schneider is currently assigned to the Criminal Department. During his tenure, he has served in several leadership positions with the bench. Under his leadership as Family Court presiding judge, from 1995 to 1998, he pursued a strong reform agenda in one of the court's fastest caseload growth areas. He is an advocate ofcourt reform and has testified before the Arizona Legislature on streamlining divorce processes and dealing with post-decree matters such as child support. In 1996 hechampioned a successful Parent Education Bill and prompted judicial and legislative action targeting deadbeat parents who refuse to pay child support. Working with court staff, he further refined the innovative Self-Service Center, which provides vast services for many domestic relations litigants without lawyers, and embarked on a process to simplify and streamline numerous hearings and legal processes. Judge Schneider received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in 1964 from Binghamton University (formerly Harpur College). In 1968, he received his law degree from St. John's University School of Law where he was an editor on the law review. He was admitted to practice in NewYork in 1968 and in Arizona in 1972. Before his appointment to the Bench, he was an associate at Langerman, Begam, Lewis & Marks and later, a partner in the law firm of Rosen & Schneider. He was appointed a Superior Court judge in 1986. Three years after Judge Schneider was appointed to the bench, he was designated as the presiding judge of the Civil Department and helped push to completion new, simpler rules of civil discovery. In 1991, he moved to the Criminal Department as a trial judge where he served for three years, until his appointment to Family Court. He served as Family Court Presiding Judge from 1995 until 1998 and then served with the Special Assignment Department. In August 1999, he again took over responsibility as Presiding Civil Department Judge, where he remained until March 2000. Judge Schneider has served on the Arizona Supreme Court Committee on More Effective Use of Juries and the Committee on Criminal Justice. He also served as Chair/member of the Superior Court Committee of the ArizonaJudicial Council (AJC), the State-Federal Judicial Council and Chair of the Maricopa County Bar Association's Bench/Bar Committee. He also serves on the State Bar Civil Practice and Procedure Committee, the ConsumerProtection Committee and the Supreme Courtís Committee on Family Court. He is a former faculty member at theArizona College of Trial Advocacy and the Arizona Judicial College. He is a former president of the Horace Rumpole Innof Court. He developed a leadership position in Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR). In 1997, the Maricopa County Bar Association awarded Judge Schneider the Henry S. Stevens Award for Outstanding Judge.