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APPLICATIONS BEING ACCEPTED FOR A VACANCY ON THE MARICOPA COUNTY SUPERIOR COURT

OCTOBER 16, 2017

Applications are being accepted for a vacancy on the Superior Court in Maricopa County created by the retirement of Judge William L. Brotherton, Jr.

 

The Maricopa County Commission on Trial Court Appointments will review applications, interview selected applicants, and recommend at least three nominees for the vacancy to Governor Doug Ducey, who will appoint the new judge.

 

The most current judicial application form (revised January 2017) can be downloaded at the Judicial Department website: www.azcourts.gov/jnc. Applications may also be obtained from the Administrative Office of the Courts, Human Resources Department, 1501 W. Washington, Suite 221, Phoenix, by calling (602) 452-3311, or by sending an electronic mail request to jnc@courts.az.gov.

 

Applicants must be at least 30 years of age, of good moral character, and admitted to the practice of law in Arizona, as well as a resident of Arizona, for the past five years, and a resident of Maricopa County for the past year.   

 

A signed original application with all attachments and a searchable .pdf version of the application and attachments must be submitted to the Administrative Office of the Courts, Human Resources Department, 1501 W. Washington, Suite 221, Phoenix, AZ, 85007, by 3:00 p.m. on November 13, 2017

 

Applicants for the recent vacancies in Maricopa County DO NOT need to reapply to be considered for the new vacancy.

 

The Commission may, at its discretion, use the applications filed for this vacancy to nominate candidates for any additional vacancies known to the Commission before the screening meeting for this vacancy is held. 

 

All meetings of the Maricopa County Commission on Trial Court Appointments are open to the public.  Meeting dates will be announced.

 

Effective January 1, 2018, the new judge will be paid $149,382.60 annually.


PUBLIC ASKED FOR INPUT ON CANDIDATES FOR MARICOPA COUNTY SUPERIOR COURT VACANCIES

OCTOBER 16, 2017

The Maricopa County Commission on Trial Court Appointments is seeking public input on 15 candidates for two openings on the Maricopa County Superior Court. AWLA members are in BLUE.

 

The candidates are:

 

Sara J. Agne

Justin M. Beresky

Scott A. Blaney

Evan D. Bolick

Wendy L. Coy

David N. Horowitz

Joseph S. Kiefer

Margaret B. LaBianca

Julie A. Mata

Suzanne Scheiner Marwil

Aryeh D. Schwartz

Annielaurie Van Wie

Lisa A. VandenBerg

Kevin B. Wein

Tracey J. Westerhausen

 

Their applications can be viewed online at the Commission’s website, http://azcourts.gov/jnc.

 

The Commission will meet to interview the candidates on November 15, 2017. The meeting will be held in room 345 of the Arizona State Courts Building, 1501 W. Washington, Phoenix, AZ 85007, starting at 8:30 a.m. The interview agenda will be posted on the Commission’s website at least 7 days prior to the meeting.

 

Citizens may address the Commission on the day of the meeting or send written comments to jnc@courts.az.gov or to 1501 W. Washington, Suite 221, Phoenix, AZ 85007. It is not necessary to submit multiple copies of written comments, and email is preferred. Comments must be received no later than November 13th to be considered.  Anonymous comments cannot be considered.

 

After the interviews, the Commission will recommend at least three nominees for each opening to Governor Doug Ducey, who will appoint the new judges.




Tempe Municipal Court
City Judge

October 6, 2017

 
The Tempe Municipal Court is currently recruiting for the position of City Judge.  Applications will be accepted through Monday, October 30, 2017.
 
The City Judge job bulletin is shown below and is also available through the Tempe Municipal Court website: www.tempe.gov/court


APPLICATIONS BEING ACCEPTED FOR TWO VACANCIES ON THE PIMA COUNTY SUPERIOR COURT

OCTOBER 2, 2017

Applications are being accepted for two vacancies on the Superior Court in Pima County, created by the appointment of Judge Sean E. Brearcliffe to Division Two of the Arizona Court of Appeals and the retirement of Judge Sarah R. Simmons.

 

The Pima County Commission on Trial Court Appointments will review applications, interview selected applicants, and recommend at least three nominees for each vacancy to Governor Doug Ducey, who will appoint the new judges.

 

The most current judicial application form (revised January 2017) can be downloaded at the Judicial Department website: www.azcourts.gov/jnc. Applications may also be obtained from the Administrative Office of the Courts, Human Resources Department, 1501 W. Washington, Suite 221, Phoenix, by calling (602) 452-3311, or by sending an electronic mail request to jnc@courts.az.gov.

 

Applicants must be at least 30 years of age, of good moral character, admitted to the practice of law in Arizona, as well as a resident of Arizona, for the past five years and a resident of Pima County for the past year.

 

Applicants for the recent vacancies in Pima County DO NOT need to reapply to be considered for the new vacancies.

 

A signed original application with all attachments and a searchable .pdf version of the application and attachments must be submitted to the Administrative Office of the Courts, Human Resources Department, 1501 W. Washington, Suite 221, Phoenix, AZ, 85007, by 3:00 p.m. on November 1, 2017

 

The Commission may, at its discretion, use the applications filed for these vacancies to nominate candidates for any additional vacancies known to the Commission before the screening meeting for these vacancies is held.  

 

All meetings of the Pima County Commission on Trial Court Appointments are open to the public.  Meeting dates will be announced.

 

Effective January 1, 2018, the new judges will be paid $149,382.60 annually.


APPLICATIONS BEING ACCEPTED FOR A VACANCY ON DIVISION ONE OF THE ARIZONA COURT OF APPEALS
OCTOBER, 2 2017

 

Applications are being accepted for a vacancy on Division One of the Arizona Court of Appeals, created by the retirement of Judge Margaret H. Downie.

 

The Commission on Appellate Court Appointments will review applications, interview selected applicants, and recommend at least three nominees for the vacancy to Governor Doug Ducey.

 

The most current judicial application form (revised January 2017) can be downloaded at the Judicial Department website: www.azcourts.gov/jnc. Applications may also be obtained from the Administrative Office of the Courts, Human Resources Department, 1501 W. Washington, Suite 221, Phoenix, by calling (602) 452-3311, or by sending an electronic mail request to jnc@courts.az.gov.

 

Applicants must be at least 30 years of age, of good moral character, and admitted to the practice of law in Arizona, as well as a resident of Arizona, for the past five years. To be eligible, an applicant must also have resided in Maricopa County for the past three years.

 

A signed original application with all attachments and a searchable .pdf version of the application and attachments must be submitted to the Administrative Office of the Courts, Human Resources Department, 1501 W. Washington, Suite 221, Phoenix, AZ, 85007, by 3:00 p.m. on October 31, 2017

 

Applicants for the recent Court of Appeals vacancy in Maricopa County DO NOT need to reapply to be considered for the new vacancy.

 

The Commission may, at its discretion, use the applications filed for this vacancy to nominate candidates for any additional vacancies known to the Commission before the screening meeting for this vacancy is held.  All meetings of the Commission on Appellate Court Appointments are open to the public. 

 

Division One of the Court of Appeals hears cases arising in Apache, Coconino, La Paz, Maricopa, Mohave, Navajo, Yavapai and Yuma counties.

 

Effective January 1, 2018, the new judge will be paid $154,533.75 annually.


GOVERNOR DUCEY APPOINTS JENNIFER PERKINS AND JAMES MORSE TO THE ARIZONA COURT OF APPEALS, DIVISION ONE
September 29, 2017

PHOENIX— Governor Doug Ducey today announced the appointments of Jennifer Perkins and James Morse to the Arizona Court of Appeals, Division One.

Jennifer Perkins is an Assistant Solicitor General in the Arizona Attorney General’s Office. Her responsibilities include serving as trial and appellate counsel on litigation matters involving the State of Arizona. She manages the drafting, editing and issuance of formal Attorney General advisory opinions on legal issues of first impression relating to the operation of state government. She also serves as ethics counsel to Attorney General Mark Brnovich and his staff of approximately 400 attorneys.

Jennifer began her legal career at the New Mexico firm of Browning & Peifer and as a law clerk for the Honorable James O. Browning in the United States District Court for the District of New Mexico. After relocating to Arizona, Jennifer worked at the Arizona Chapter of the Institute for Justice where she handled litigation involving property rights, First Amendment issues and economic liberties. Jennifer later served as disciplinary counsel at the Arizona Commission on Judicial Conduct and was of counsel with Mandel Young PLC, an appellate specialty firm in Phoenix.

Jennifer earned her Bachelor of Arts in International Affairs from George Washington University in 1999 and her law degree from the Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law, graduating in 2002.

“Jennifer has devoted her professional career to defending constitutional principles and upholding the highest standards of ethics in the legal community. Jennifer will be a fantastic judge on the Court of Appeals,” said Governor Ducey.

James (Jim) Morse is an Assistant United States Attorney at the U.S. Attorney’s Office and has substantial experience in federal criminal investigations and prosecutions. Jim is currently the Section Chief of the Southwest Border Crimes Section. He has also worked in the office’s Organized Crime and Drug Prosecutions Unit.

Jim began his legal career in private practice at Baker & Botts in Dallas, Texas. After returning to Phoenix in 1999, he joined Snell & Wilmer L.L.P. While in private practice, Jim practiced in the area of employee benefits, federal income and excise tax, employment and executive compensation law. He drafted pension, stock option, deferred compensation and welfare benefit plans for employers.

Jim served as a law clerk for Judge James Teilborg of the U.S. District Court, District of Arizona in 2003. He began his career in law enforcement in 2004 at the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office, where he prosecuted special crimes, probation violations and preliminary hearings and was later promoted to Assistant Bureau Chief for the Drug Enforcement Bureau.

Jim is a native Arizonan, who attended elementary school on Mt. Lemmon and high school in St. Johns, Arizona. He is a 1991 graduate,magna cum laude, of Arizona State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a 1995 graduate of the University of Virginia School of Law.

“Jim has demonstrated a commitment to pursuing justice and upholding the rule of law,” said Governor Ducey. “I am pleased to appoint Jim to the Arizona Court of Appeals.”

The appointments of Jennifer Perkins and Jim Morse were made to fill the vacancies created by the retirement of Judges Donn Kessler and Patricia K. Norris.



JUDGE SEAN BREARCLIFFE APPOINTED TO THE ARIZONA COURT OF APPEALS, DIVISION TWO
September 20, 2017


Governor Doug Ducey today announced the appointment of Judge Sean Brearcliffe to the Arizona Court of Appeals, Division Two.

Judge Brearcliffe graduated in 1991 from California State University-Hayward with a Bachelor’s of Arts in English. Prior to attending California State, Judge Brearcliffe enlisted in the Air Force and served until 1989.  He obtained his Juris Doctor at Golden Gate University School of Law where he was the President of the student chapter of The Federalist Society.

After law school, Judge Brearcliffe worked in Tucson for the Law Offices of Richard D. Burris for 2 years, and then practiced for 15 years at Rusing, Lopez & Lizardi as a Senior Litigation Partner. While in private practice, he generally practiced civil and commercial litigation with a focus on business and contract disputes and construction law.

In 2013, Judge Brearcliffe was appointed to the Pima County Superior Court by Governor Brewer.  He served three years on the family bench, and is currently serving on the criminal bench.

Judge Brearcliffe is a member of the Arizona Judges Association, Arizona Supreme Court Access to Justice Committee, The Federalist Society, and DM-50.  Judge Brearcliffe is a past-President of the Tucson Chapter of the Federal Bar Association, and former Chairman of the Federal Bar Association's Professional Ethics Committee.

“Judge Brearcliffe has earned a reputation as an outstanding attorney, judge and leader.  His service to the citizens of Arizona is very impressive,” said Governor Ducey. “I am pleased to appoint Judge Brearcliffe to the Arizona Court of Appeals.”

The appointment of Judge Brearcliffe was made to fill the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Michael O. Miller.


PUBLIC ASKED FOR INPUT ON CANDIDATES FOR PINAL COUNTY SUPERIOR COURT VACANCY
September 19, 2017

 

The Pinal County Commission on Trial Court Appointments is seeking public input on six candidates for an opening on the Pinal County Superior Court.

The candidates are:

  • Patrick K. Gard
  • Christopher J. O’Neil
  • Barbara A. Hazel
  • Megan K. Weagant
  • DeLana Jacobs Fuller
  • Lawrence M. Wharton

Their applications can be viewed online at the Commission’s website http://azcourts.gov/jnc.

The Commission will meet to interview the candidates on October 19, 2017. The meeting will be held in Florence at the Pinal County Superior Court, 971 Jason Lopez Circle, Room 4012, starting at 9:30 a.m. The interview agenda will be posted on the Commission’s website at least 7 days prior to the meeting.

Citizens may address the Commission on the day of the meeting or send written comments to jnc@courts.az.gov or to 1501 W. Washington, Suite 221, Phoenix, AZ 85007. It is not necessary to submit multiple copies of written comments, and email is preferred. Comments must be received no later than October 16th to be considered. Anonymous comments cannot be considered.

After the interviews, the Commission will recommend at least three nominees for the opening to Governor Doug Ducey, who will appoint the new judge.


City of Phoenix
Municipal Court Hearing Officer
September 14, 2017


The Phoenix Municipal Court Pro Tem Committee is accepting applications for the position of Municipal Court Hearing Officer.

DUTIES: A Municipal Court Hearing Officer is responsible for the hearing and adjudication of civil traffic cases under Arizona Revised Statutes Title 28 and the City Code and other city code civil violation cases, such as zoning and fire code charges. This appointment is for a two (2) year period, renewable by the Chief Presiding Judge.

EXPERIENCE: Qualified applicants will possess either (1) a Juris doctor or equivalent law degree, OR (2) a bachelor’s degree with at least three years of experience in Arizona traffic law. It is highly preferred that applicants possess a law degree, and be admitted to the State Bar of Arizona and have practiced law for at least five years. Applicants will also be preferred who have at least five years’ experience in and knowledge of Rules of Procedure in Civil Traffic Violation Cases, traffic laws and City ordinances, Local Rules of Practice and Procedure of the Phoenix Municipal Court for Civil Cases, courtroom procedures and Rules of Evidence.

More information on how to apply can be found here.


SUPERIOR COURT IN YAVAPAI COUNTY SEEKING FULL-TIME JUDGE PRO TEM
September 10, 2017

Due to Governor Doug Ducey’s appointment of Judge John Napper to Division 2, the Superior Court in Yavapai County announces it is accepting applications for the position of a full-time Judge Pro Tem.

Applications for Seasonal Judges Pro Tem are also being accepted.

Applicants must be at least 30 years of age, of good moral character, admitted to the practice of law in Arizona, as well as a resident of Arizona for the past five years per A.R.S. 12-142 and Article VI, Section 22, of the Constitution of the State of Arizona. Once applications have been received, a committee will review and select finalists to be forwarded to Judge Mackey for consideration. This list will be released to allow for public comment on the candidates.

Appointees are subject to the approval of the Yavapai County Board of Supervisors. Appointment is valid through June 30, 2018, and subject to renewal every twelve months thereafter. The hourly rate for this position is $70.76 per hour.

Applications for these openings will be accepted through 5:00 p.m., September 26, 2017. Applications must be submitted online at the Yavapai County website:
https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/yavapai


APPLICATIONS BEING ACCEPTED FOR TWO VACANCIES ON THE MARICOPA COUNTY SUPERIOR COURT

August 29, 2017

Applications are being accepted for two vacancies on the Superior Court in Maricopa County created by the retirement of Judges Colleen McNally and Robert H. Oberbillig.

 

The Maricopa County Commission on Trial Court Appointments will review applications, interview selected applicants, and recommend at least three nominees for each vacancy to Governor Doug Ducey, who will appoint the new judges.

 

The most current judicial application form (revised January 2017) can be downloaded at the Judicial Department website: www.azcourts.gov/jnc. Applications may also be obtained from the Administrative Office of the Courts, Human Resources Department, 1501 W. Washington, Suite 221, Phoenix, by calling (602) 452-3311, or by sending an electronic mail request to jnc@courts.az.gov.

 

Applicants must be at least 30 years of age, of good moral character, and admitted to the practice of law in Arizona, as well as a resident of Arizona, for the past five years, and a resident of Maricopa County for the past year.   

 

A signed original application with all attachments and a searchable .pdf version of the application and attachments must be submitted to the Administrative Office of the Courts, Human Resources Department, 1501 W. Washington, Suite 221, Phoenix, AZ, 85007, by 3:00 p.m. on October 2, 2017. 

 

Applicants for the recent vacancy in Maricopa County DO NOT need to reapply to be considered for the new vacancies.

 

The Commission may, at its discretion, use the applications filed for these vacancies to nominate candidates for any additional vacancies known to the Commission before the screening meeting for these vacancies is held. 

 

All meetings of the Maricopa County Commission on Trial Court Appointments are open to the public.  Meeting dates will be announced.

 

Effective January 1, 2018, the new judges will be paid $149,382.60 annually.


PUBLIC COMMENT SOUGHT ON PIMA COUNTY SUPERIOR COURT APPLICANTS

August 29, 2017

The public is invited to comment on six applicants for a vacancy on the Superior Court in Pinal County created by the appointment of Judge Karl C. Eppich to Division Two of the Arizona Court of Appeals.

The applicants are:

* DeLana Jacobs Fuller
* Patrick K. Gard
* Barbara A. Hazel
* Christopher J. O'Neil
* Megan K. Weagant
* Lawrence M. Wharton

 

Their applications can be viewed online at the Commission’s website, http://www.azcourts.gov/jnc.

 

The Pinal County Commission on Trial Court Appointments will review the applications and take public testimony at a meeting on September 18, 2017.  The meeting will be held at the Superior Court in Pinal County, 971 Jason Lopez Circle, Florence, AZ 85132. The meeting agenda will be posted on the Commission’s website at least 7 days prior to the meeting.

 

Citizens may address the commission on the day of the meeting or send written comments to jnc@courts.az.gov or to 1501 W. Washington, Suite 221, Phoenix, AZ 85007. It is not necessary to submit multiple copies of written comments, and email is preferred. Comments must be received no later than September 13th to be considered.  Anonymous comments cannot be considered.

 

At the September 18th meeting, the Commission will choose the applicants to be interviewed.  The selected applicants will be interviewed on October 19th. After the interviews, the Commission will recommend at least three nominees for the opening to Governor Doug Ducey, who will appoint the new judge.



MARICOPA 
SUPERIOR COURT VACANCY JUDICIAL NOMINEES ANNOUNCED

August 25, 2017

The Maricopa County Commission on Trial Court Appointments has recommended nine candidates to Governor Doug Ducey for an opening on the Maricopa County Superior Court. AWLA members are in BLUE.

 

Nominees for the opening created by the retirement of Judge Edward W. Bassett are:

 

  • Sara J. Agne, Republican, of Phoenix, a Partner at Snell & Wilmer L.L.P.
  • Justin M. Beresky, Democrat, of Phoenix, Commissioner with the Maricopa County Superior Court.
  • Michael Mandell, Independent, of Tempe, Commissioner with the Maricopa County Superior Court.
  • Julie A. Mata, Republican, of Phoenix, Commissioner with the Maricopa County Superior Court.
  • Andrew J. Russell, Independent, of Phoenix, Commissioner with the Maricopa County Superior Court.
  • Suzanne Scheiner Marwil, Republican, of Scottsdale, Administrative Law Judge at the Office of Administrative Hearings.
  • Annielaurie Van Wie, Independent, of Phoenix, Commissioner with the Maricopa County Superior Court.
  • Lisa A. VandenBerg, Democrat, of Phoenix, Commissioner with the Maricopa County Superior Court.
  • Tracey J. Westerhausen, Democrat, of Phoenix, a Partner at Debus, Kazan & Westerhausen, Ltd.

 

Governor Ducey will make the appointment.



PIMA COUNTY SUPERIOR COURT JUDICIAL NOMINEES ANNOUNCED

August 21, 2017

After the Pima County Commission on Trial Court Appointments voted on the slate of nominees in July, it was discovered that a nominee’s political affiliation had changed. Consequently, the list did not meet the requirements of article 6, § 37(B) of the Arizona Constitution.

 

The Commission voted on a new list and has recommended five candidates to Governor Doug Ducey for two openings on the Pima County Superior Court. AWLA members are in BLUE.

 

Nominees for the openings created by the retirement of Judges Jane L. Eikleberry and Richard Nichols are:

  • Renee T. Bennett, Republican, Volunteer with Tucson Charities including, Southern Arizona Greyhound Adoption, Keeling Elementary School and other groups.
  • John Hinderaker, Democrat, Partner at Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie, LLP.
  • Mark D. Lammers, Democrat, Partner at Rusing Lopez & Lizardi, PLLC.
  • Nanette C. Morrow, Republican, Assistant Attorney General with the Arizona Attorney General’s Office.
  • Wayne E. Yehling, Democrat, Commissioner with the Pima County Superior Court.

 

Governor Ducey will make the appointments.


GOVERNOR DUCEY APPOINTS JOHN NAPPER TO THE YAVAPAI COUNTY SUPERIOR COURT
August 7, 2017


John currently serves as a Judge Pro Tem for the Yavapai County Superior Court, a position to which he was appointed in December 2016. He currently presides over civil and family law matters.

John has extensive criminal law experience. He previously served as the Yavapai County Public Defender from 2014 to 2016, where he managed a team of more than 30 staff members, including attorneys and support staff.

Before that, John worked in private practice at the law firm he founded, The Napper Law Firm, and was Of Counsel at Boyle, Pecharich, Cline, Whittington & Stallings in Prescott.He also worked as a Senior Capital Attorney at the Maricopa County Office of the Legal Defender (2004 - 2006) and as an attorney at the Coconino County Office of the Public Defender.

John received a bachelor’s degree in political science from Greensboro College in 1996. In 2001, he graduated cum laude from John Marshall Law School, where he was a member of the John Marshall Law Reviewand was a quarter finalist in a national mock trial competition. John clerked for the Maricopa County Public Defender’s office and the Honorable Judge James Paddish of the Maricopa County Superior Court.

“John’s extensive experience in criminal law, in addition to the management and judicial responsibilities he currently has, make him an excellent candidate for this vacancy,” said Governor Ducey. “John is widely respected in the community and is known for his willingness to collaborate with all parties involved in legal matters in order to best protect the public interest. His commitment to vulnerable Arizonans, including his work on drug abuse and addiction, has not gone unnoticed. I am proud to appoint John to the Yavapai County Superior Court.”

The appointment of John Napper was made to fill a vacancy on the Yavapai County Superior Court created by the appointment of Judge Jennifer Campbell to the Arizona Court of Appeals Division One.


NOMINEES FOR ARIZONA COURT OF APPEALS, DIVISION TWO ANNOUNCED

Aug 1, 2017

The Commission on Appellate Court Appointments has recommended five nominees to Governor Doug Ducey for an opening on Division Two of the Arizona Court of Appeals. AWLA members are in BLUE.

 

The nominees for the opening created by the retirement of Judge Michael O. Miller are:

 

Sean E. Brearcliffe, Republican, a Judge at the Superior Court in Pima County.

David J. Euchner, Libertarian, Appeals Unit Supervisor of the Pima County Public Defender’s Office.

George O. Krauja, Republican, Director at Fennemore Craig, P.C.

D. Douglas Metcalf, Republican, a Judge at the Superior Court in Pima County.

Regina L. Nassen, Independent, Deputy County Attorney at the Pima County Attorney’s Office.

 

Governor Ducey will appoint the new judge. 

 

Division Two of the Court of Appeals hears cases arising in Cochise, Gila, Graham, Greenlee, Pima, Pinal, and Santa Cruz counties.

 

PUBLIC ASKED FOR INPUT ON CANDIDATES FOR ARIZONA COURT OF APPEALS, DIVISION TWO

June 30, 2017

The Commission on Appellate Court Appointments is asking for public comment on seven candidates for an opening on Division Two of the Arizona Court of Appeals.  The vacancy results from the retirement of Judge Michael O. Miller. AWLA members are in BLUE.

 

The candidates are:

                       

Sean E. Brearcliffe

D. Douglas Metcalf

David J. Euchner

Regina L. Nassen

George O. Krauja

Jonathan Reich

Jacob R. Lines


 

Their applications for the office can be viewed online at the Commission’s website http://azcourts.gov/jnc.

 

The Commission will meet to interview the candidates on July 31, 2017. The meeting will be held at the Sheraton Tucson Hotel and Suites, 5151 E. Grant Road, Tucson, AZ 85712, starting at 9:00 a.m. Citizens may address the commission at that time or send written comments to 1501 W. Washington, Suite 221, Phoenix, AZ 85007 or tojnc@courts.az.gov. Comments should be received no later than July 27th to be considered.  Anonymous comments cannot be considered.

 

After the interviews, the Commission will recommend at least three nominees for the opening to Governor Doug Ducey, who will appoint the new judge.

 

Division Two of the Court of Appeals hears cases arising in Cochise, Gila, Graham, Greenlee, Pima, Pinal and Santa Cruz counties.

 

PUBLIC ASKED FOR INPUT ON CANDIDATES FOR PIMA COUNTY SUPERIOR COURT VACANCIES

June 30, 2017

The Pima County Commission on Trial Court Appointments is asking for public input on 10 candidates for two vacancies on the Pima County Superior Court created by the retirement of Judges Jane L. Eikleberry and Richard Nichols. AWLA members are in BLUE.

 

The candidates are:

 

Renee T. Bennett

Baird S. Greene

John Hinderaker

John N. Iurino

Reagen A. Kulseth

Mark D. Lammers

Scott D. McDonald

Nanette C. Morrow

Vincent J. Sottosanti

Wayne E. Yehling

 

Their applications for the office can be viewed online at the Commission’s website http://azcourts.gov/jnc.

 

The Commission will meet to interview the candidates on July 27, 2017. The meeting will be held at the Sheraton Tucson Hotel and Suites, 5151 E. Grant Road, Tucson, AZ 85712, starting at 9:00 a.m. Citizens may address the commission at that time or send written comments to 1501 W. Washington, Suite 221, Phoenix, AZ 85007 or to jnc@courts.az.gov. Comments should be received no later than July 24th to be considered.  Anonymous comments cannot be considered.

 

After the interviews, the Commission will recommend at least three nominees for each opening to Governor Doug Ducey, who will appoint the new judges.


PUBLIC COMMENT SOUGHT ON MARICOPA COUNTY SUPERIOR COURT APPLICANTS

June 28, 2017

The public is invited to comment on 17 applicants for a vacancy on the Superior Court in Maricopa County created by the retirement of Judge Edward W. Bassett. AWLA members are in BLUE.

 

The applicants are:

           

Sara J. Agne

Russell B. Richelsoph

Justin M. Beresky

Andrew J. Russell

Jessica M. Cotter

Suzanne Scheiner Marwil

Wendy L. Coy

Adam Susser

Michael E. Gottfried

Annielaurie Van Wie

Michael Kielsky

Lisa A. VandenBerg

Michael S. Mandell

Timothy J. Watson

Julie A. Mata

Tracey J. Westerhausen

Keith R. Nelson

 

 

The Maricopa County Commission on Trial Court Appointments will review the applications and take public testimony at a meeting on July 25, 2017.  The meeting will be in Room 345 of the State Courts Building, 1501 W. Washington. Citizens may address the Commission at that time or send written comments to 1501 W. Washington, Suite 221, Phoenix, AZ, 85007 or by email to jnc@courts.az.gov.  Written comments must arrive by July 20, 2017 to be considered.  Anonymous comments cannot be considered.

 

At the July 25th meeting, the Commission will choose the applicants to be interviewed.  The selected applicants will be interviewed on August 23, 2017. After the interviews the Commission will recommend at least three nominees for the opening to Governor Doug Ducey, who will appoint the new judge.


 

NOMINEES FOR ARIZONA COURT OF APPEALS DIVISION TWO ANNOUNCED

MAY 31, 2017 

The Commission on Appellate Court Appointments has recommended three nominees to Governor Doug Ducey for an opening on Division Two of the Arizona Court of Appeals.

 

The nominees for the opening created by the retirement of Judge Joseph W. Howard are:

 

·      Laura A. Cardinal, Democrat, Sole Practitioner in the firm of Cardinal Law, P.C.

·      Karl C. Eppich, Republican, a Judge for Pinal County Superior Court

·      Timothy M. Wright, Republican, a Judge for Gila County Superior Court

 

Governor Ducey will appoint the new judge. 

 

Division Two of the Court of Appeals hears cases arising in Cochise, Gila, Graham, Greenlee, Pima, Pinal, and Santa Cruz counties.


APPLICATIONS BEING ACCEPTED FOR A VACANCY ON DIVISION TWO OF THE ARIZONA COURT OF APPEALS 

 

MAY 1, 2017

Applications are being accepted for a vacancy on Division Two of the Arizona Court of Appeals, created by the retirement of Judge Michael O. Miller. The Commission on Appellate Court Appointments will review applications, interview selected applicants, and recommend at least three nominees for the vacancy to Governor Doug Ducey.

 

The judicial application has been revised and includes ALL NEW INSTRUCTIONS AND QUESTIONS. The new judicial application form can be downloaded at the Judicial Department website: www.azcourts.gov/jnc. Applications may also be obtained from the Administrative Office of the Courts, Human Resources Department, 1501 W. Washington, Suite 221, Phoenix, by calling (602) 452-3311, or by sending an electronic mail request to jnc@courts.az.gov.

 

Applicants must be at least 30 years of age, of good moral character, and admitted to the practice of law in Arizona, as well as a resident of Arizona, for the past five years. To be eligible, an applicant must also have resided in Pima County for the past three years.

 

A signed original application with all attachments and a searchable .pdf version of the application and attachments must be submitted to the Administrative Office of the Courts, Human Resources Department, 1501 W. Washington, Suite 221, Phoenix, AZ, 85007, by 3:00 p.m. on June 1, 2017

 

The Commission may, at its discretion, use the applications filed for this vacancy to nominate candidates for any additional vacancies known to the Commission before the screening meeting for this vacancy is held.  All meetings of the Commission on Appellate Court Appointments are open to the public. 

 

Division Two of the Court of Appeals hears cases arising in Cochise, Gila, Graham, Greenlee, Pima, Pinal, and Santa Cruz counties.

 

The new judge will be paid $152,250 annually.

 

TWO AWLA MEMBER APPOINTMENTS MADE TO THE ARIZONA COURT OF APPEALS, DIVISION ONE
April 13, 2017


PHOENIX— Governor Doug Ducey today announced the appointments of Judge Maria Elena Cruz and Judge Jennifer Campbell to the Arizona Court of Appeals, Division One.

Judge Cruz is Presiding Judge of the Yuma County Superior Court. She has served as a Yuma County Superior Court Judge since 2009. Prior to joining the Superior Court, Judge Cruz served as a judge for the Cocopah Indian Tribe, practiced at her own firm, Law Office of Maria Elena Cruz, and worked for the Yuma County Attorney’s Office and Yuma County Legal Defender’s Office.

Judge Cruz is a member of the Arizona Judges Association, where she has served in a number of leadership positions, including as President and Vice President. She is also a member of the Arizona Supreme Court Commission on Access to Justice and the Supreme Court Commission on Victims in the Courts. Judge Cruz has also been a member of the Hispanic National Bar Association and Los Abogados.

Judge Cruz graduated from the University of Arizona in 1998 with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. She received her law degree from the University of Arizona College of Law in 2001.

“Judge Cruz has earned a reputation as an outstanding attorney and leader. Her service as Presiding Judge of the Yuma County Superior Court and as President of the Arizona Judges Association is very impressive,” said Governor Ducey. “I am pleased to appoint Judge Cruz to the Arizona Court of Appeals.”

Judge Campbell is a Yavapai County Superior Court Judge, and she has served in this position since 2011. Before joining the bench, Judge Campbell worked in private practice at her own firm, The Campbell Law Firm. She also practiced at Vakula & Kottke and Mounger & Campbell, and worked as a Deputy County Attorney in the Yavapai County Attorney’s Office.

Judge Campbell currently serves as Vice President of the Arizona Judges Association. Previously, she served as President of the Yavapai County Bar Association and as President of the Northern Arizona Chapter of the Arizona Women’s Lawyer Association.

Judge Campbell graduated magna cum laude from Colorado State University in 1999 and received her law degree from the University of Texas School of Law in 2002.

“Judge Campbell has dedicated herself to the citizens of Yavapai County. As a Yavapai County Superior Court Judge, she has served with distinction and developed innovative programs at the court. As an attorney, she volunteered pro bono services to homeless veterans and others in need of legal services in Yavapai County,” said Governor Ducey. “I am pleased to appoint Judge Campbell to the Arizona Court of Appeals.”

The appointments of Judge Maria Elena Cruz and Judge Jennifer Campbell were made to fill the vacancies created by the appointment of Justice Andrew Gould to the Arizona Supreme Court and the retirement of Judge Patricia Orozco.