Honorable Jennifer B. Campbell
Judge of Division 2
Judge Campbell attended Colorado State University in 1998 with a bachelor’s degree in political science. She was named most outstanding senior of that department her senior year. While at Colorado State, she worked in the Colorado State legislature, the University Police Department and completed a study abroad program in the House of Commons while attending the London School of Economics.
She graduated from the University of Texas School of Law and began her legal career in the Austin area of Texas. She moved to the Prescott area in 2003 and continued practicing law with the firm of Vakula & Kottke, PLLC litigating commercial and real property cases. She transitioned into the practice of criminal law, both prosecution and defense. Judge Campbell was the President of the Arizona Women’s Lawyer’s Association’s Northern Arizona Chapter and also the President of the Yavapai County Bar Association. She volunteered with the Boy Scouts as a merit badge counselor, coached YMCA boy’s basketball and was active in the Yavapai County Republican Committee. She also had her own radio show on local state KYCA. Judge Campbell has been a guest speaker for continuing legal education programs in the areas of criminal and juvenile law.
In 2011, Governor Jan Brewer appointed Judge Campbell to the Yavapai County Superior Court, Division 2. Upon taking the bench she was assigned the most diverse calendar of any in the superior court. She was given the responsibility to conduct all criminal initial appearances, all mental health cases, a portion of the cases filed in the Verde Valley in the area of civil, domestic, criminal and probate law. She was also tasked with presiding over the weekly Verde Early Disposition Court and both juvenile and adult drug and DUI courts.
Since taking the bench, Judge Campbell has, in partnership with the Adult Probation Department, created a new, more responsive probation program called Project S.A.F.E. in an effort to hold people placed on probation more accountable. She continues to look for ways to improve the portion of the court system to which she has been entrusted by building partnerships with other departments and utilizing community resources. She also serves on the state-wide Publications Editorial Advisory Board.