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 Commissioner Frederic J. Dardis

Commissioner Frederic J. Dardis
Court Commissioner - Division A
Arizona Superior Court in Pima County


   Frederic J. Dardis, a native Tucsonan, received his undergraduate degree from the University of Arizona in 1966. He spent two years in Belize, Central America as part of the Peace Corps mission. He returned to Tucson and received his Juris Doctorate from the University of Arizona in 1971.

   Comm. Dardis commenced his law career with Arizona Legal Aid Society, eventually branching out to direct the Neighborhood Law Office, a Model Cities Project at the University of Arizona Law School.

   Beginning in 1973, Comm. Dardis held the position of appellate supervisor in the Pima County Legal Defender's office. He held the position for five years until 1979 when he was appointed a city magistrate for the city of Tucson.

   Taking advantage of an opportunity to once again utilize his legal skills, Mr. Dardis took up the reins of the Pima County Public Defender's office-overseeing more than 45 attorneys with support personnel. He maintained that position until 1986 when he and fellow attorney, Thomas Hippert opened an office on Cushing Street, specializing in domestic law. Comm. Dardis was recognized as Pima County Volunteer Attorney of the Year in 1997 for his long-standing commitment to the community.

   In December 1998, Pima County Superior Court Presiding Judge, Michael Brown, appointed Comm. Dardis to the Superior Court bench where he headed the Child Support Collection Program. In the year 2000, Comm. Dardis was named the National Child Support Commissioner by NCSEA. This was followed up in 2001 when Comm. Dardis was honored with the Arizona Judicial Officer of the Year award presented by ACSEA-first ever commissioner so honored. He has recently been the recipient of the Distinguished Service Award from the Volunteer Lawyer Program.

   Along with his responsibilities as a court commissioner, Comm. Dardis also sits on the Board of Directors for the Volunteer Lawyer Program, as well as Catholic Community Services of Southern Arizona. He is a past Board Member of the Ronald McDonald House. Every semester, he is a mentor to students from the James E. Rogers College of Law at the University of Arizona. Comm. Dardis has spoken at numerous local and national conferences on issues of custody, child support and relocation.

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