Fordham Law

Fordham Law Mourns Passing of Hon. Robert J. Corcoran '57

August 17, 2010

Hon. Robert J. Corcoran '57Fordham Law School is saddened by the death of alumnus Hon. Robert J. Corcoran '57, Justice of the Arizona Supreme Court.

Retired Justice Corcoran was appointed to serve as an Arizona Supreme Court Justice after the retirement of Justice William A. Holohan in 1987. After graduating from Fordham Law, Justice Corcoran went to Arizona in 1959 to join the law firm of Lewis and Roca. He joined the Maricopa County Attorney's Office as a prosecutor in 1962 but returned to private practice in 1964, where he remained until his appointment as a Maricopa County Superior Court Judge in 1976. From 1981 to 1988, Justice Corcoran was a judge for the Court of Appeals of Arizona. He served on the Arizona Supreme Court until 1996.

"Justice Corcoran brought a valuable perspective to the court, having served as a judge on the Maricopa County Superior Court, the Arizona Court of Appeals, and the Supreme Court," said Chief Justice Rebecca Berch. "He often commented that he regarded his service to the Supreme Court as the pinnacle of his career.  He was known as a passionate advocate for professionalism in the bar."