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JUDICIAL ANNOUNCEMENTS



Maricopa County Superior Court Commissioner Recruitment



June 7 - July 2, 2021

For more information and to view the application packet, please click here.

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Public Comment Sought on Pinal County Superior Court Applicants



June 4, 2021

The public is invited to comment on 11 applicants for a vacancy on the Superior Court in Pinal County created by the retirement of Judge Stephen F. McCarville.

The applicants are:

Rebecca S. Assini
Jessica K. Hernandez Dixon
Lacey A. Stover Gard
Danielle Harris
Yancy A. Jencsok
Shawn A. Jensvold
Karen Feng Palmer
Jamie R. Ramirez
Matthew S. Reed
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 hear comments at a public meeting on July 9, 2021. The meeting details will be available on the public meeting notice. The public meeting notice and meeting agenda will be posted on the Commission’s website at least seven 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 July 6, 2021 to be considered. Anonymous comments cannot be considered.

At the July 9, 2021 meeting, the Commission will choose the applicants to be interviewed. The selected applicants will be interviewed on July 27, 2021. The logistics of this meeting will be available after the July 9th meeting. 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 COUNTY SUPERIOR COURT JUDICIAL NOMINEES ANNOUNCED


The Maricopa County Commission on Trial Court Appointments has recommended 11 candidates to Governor Doug Ducey for three openings on the Superior Court in Maricopa County.

Nominees for the openings created by the retirement of Judges Arthur T. Anderson, Dawn M. Bergin and John C. Rea are:

· Glenn A. Allen, Republican, of Phoenix, Commissioner with the Superior Court in Maricopa County.

· James N. Drake, Jr., Independent, of Phoenix, Chief Clerk of the Arizona House of Representatives.

· David W. Garbarino, Republican, of Phoenix, Commissioner with the Superior Court in Maricopa County.

· Melody Garland Harmon, Democrat, of Phoenix, Commissioner with the Superior Court in Maricopa County.

· Lauren R. Guyton, Democrat, of Chandler, Commissioner with the Superior Court in Maricopa County.

· Amy M. Kalman, Democrat, of Tempe, Commissioner with the Superior Court in Maricopa County.

· Julie A. LaFave, Democrat, of Tempe, Commissioner with the Superior Court in Maricopa County.

· Sigmund G. Popko, Democrat, of Tempe, Commissioner with the Superior Court in Maricopa County.

· Andrew J. Russell, Independent, of Phoenix, Commissioner with the Superior Court in Maricopa County.

· Ashley Villaverde Halvorson, Democrat, of Phoenix, a Partner at Jones, Skelton and Hochuli, P.L.C.

· Lisa S. Wahlin, Republican, of Phoenix, General Counsel for the Arizona Department of Public Safety.

Governor Ducey will make the appointments.


PIMA COUNTY SUPERIOR COURT JUDICIAL NOMINEES ANNOUNCED


May 26, 2021

The Pima County Commission on Trial Court Appointments has recommended four nominees to Governor Doug Ducey for an opening on the Superior Court in Pima County.

The nominees for the opening created by the retirement of Judge Paul E. Tang are:

· Kimberly A. Harris Ortiz, Democrat, Judge Pro Tempore with the Superior Court in Pima County.
· Sivan R. Korn, Independent, a Partner at Rusing Lopez & Lizardi PLLC.
· Reagen A. Kulseth, Republican, Sole Practitioner at The Law Office of Reagen Kulseth.
· Victoria A. Otto, Democrat, County Attorney at the Pima County Attorney’s Office.

Governor Ducey will appoint the new judge.



NOMINEES FOR ARIZONA SUPREME COURT ANNOUNCED


May 20, 2021

The Commission on Appellate Court Appointments has recommended seven nominees to Governor Doug Ducey for an opening on the Arizona Supreme Court.

The nominees for the opening created by the retirement of Justice Andrew W. Gould are:



· Cynthia J. Bailey, an Arizona Court of Appeals Judge – Division I.

· David J. Euchner, of the Pima County Public Defender’s Office.

· Kathryn H. King, of BurnsBarton, PLC.

· Jennifer M. Perkins, an Arizona Court of Appeals Judge – Division I.

· Adele G. Ponce, a Superior Court Judge in Maricopa County.

· Patricia A. Starr, a Superior Court Judge in Maricopa County.

· David D. Weinzweig, an Arizona Court of Appeals Judge – Division I



Governor Ducey will appoint the new justice.



Public Asked for Input on Candidates for Maricopa County Superior Court Vacancies


May 3, 2021

The Maricopa County Commission on Trial Court Appointments is seeking public input on 15 candidates for three openings on the Superior Court in Maricopa County.

The candidates are:

Glenn A. Allen
Michelle Carson
Quintin H. Cushner
James N. Drake, Jr.
David W. Garbarino
Melody Garland Harmon
Lauren R. Guyton
Amy M. Kalman
Michael Kielsky
Julie A. LaFave
Keith J. Miller
Sigmund G. Popko
Andrew J. Russell
Ashley Villaverde Halvorson
Lisa S. Wahlin

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

The Commission will meet to interview the candidates on May 26, 2021 at 8:30 a.m. The meeting will be held in room 101 of the Arizona State Courts Building, 1501 W. Washington, Phoenix, AZ 85007. 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 May 21, 2021 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.



Applications Being Accepted for a Vacancy on the Pinal County Superior Court  

 
May 3, 2021

Applications are being accepted for a vacancy on the Superior Court in Pinal County, created by the retirement of Judge Stephen F. McCarville. 
 
The Pinal 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 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 Pinal 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 June 2, 2021.   
 
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 Pinal County Commission on Trial Court Appointments are open to the public.  Meeting dates will be announced.  
 
The new judge will be paid $149,382.60 annually. 


Applications Being Accepted For A Vacancy On The Mohave County Superior Court

 
May 3, 2021

PHOENIX — Applications are being accepted for a vacancy on the Superior Court in Mohave County that will be created by the retirement of Judge Charles W. Gurtler, Jr.

The Office of the Governor will review applications and interview selected applicants for the vacancy, and Governor Doug Ducey will appoint the new judge pursuant to Article VI, Section 12 of the Arizona Constitution. 

The judicial application form can be downloaded online at the Office of the Governor’s website: https://azgovernor.gov/judges.

Applicants must be at least 30 years of age and less than 65 years of age, of good moral character, admitted to the practice of law in Arizona, a resident of Arizona for the past five years, and a resident of Mohave County for the past year pursuant to Article VI, Sections 22 and 37 of the Arizona Constitution. 

A signed original application with all attachments, and a searchable .pdf version of the application and attachments must be submitted to Anni Foster, General Counsel, Office of Governor Doug Ducey, Executive Tower, 1700 W. Washington St., Phoenix, AZ 85007, by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, May 28, 2021.

All interviews are open to the public. The interview date will be announced.







Public Comment Sought on Pima County Superior Court Applicants


 
April 19, 2021

The public is invited to comment on eight applicants for a vacancy on the Superior Court in Pima County created by the retirement of Judge Paul E. Tang.
 
The applicants are:
 
• Kimberly A. Harris Ortiz • Kathryn B. Nelson
• Danielle J. Kamps Constant • Victoria A. Otto
• Sivan R. Korn • Gioia R. Sanderson
• Reagen A. Kulseth • Paul J. Skitzki
 
Their applications can be viewed online at the Commission’s website, http://www.azcourts.gov/jnc
 
The Pima County Commission on Trial Court Appointments will review the applications and hear comments at a public meeting on May 5, 2021. The meeting will be held in the Pima room of the Sheraton Tucson Hotel and Suites, 5151 E. Grant Road, Tucson, AZ. Meeting details will be available on the public meeting notice. The public meeting notice and meeting agenda will be posted on the Commission’s website at least seven (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 April 30, 2021 to be considered.  Anonymous comments cannot be considered. 
 
At the May 5, 2021 meeting, the Commission will choose the applicants to be interviewed.  The selected applicants will be interviewed on May 24, 2021. The logistics of this meeting will be available after the May 5th meeting. After the interviews, the Commission will recommend at least three nominees for the opening to Governor Doug Ducey, who will appoint the new judge.



Public Comment Sought on Maricopa County Superior Court Applicants



April 16, 2021

The public is invited to comment on 16 applicants for three vacancies on the Superior Court in Maricopa County created by the retirement of Judges Dawn M. Bergin, John C. Rea and Arthur T. Anderson.

The applicants are:

• Glenn A. Allen • Michael Kielsky
• Michelle Carson • Julie A. LaFave
• Quintin H. Cushner • Keith J. Miller
• James N. Drake, Jr. • Sigmund G. Popko
• David W. Garbarino • Jeremy A. Rovinsky
• Melody Garland Harmon • Andrew J. Russell
• Lauren R. Guyton • Ashley Villaverde Halvorson
• Amy M. Kalman • Lisa S. Wahlin

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

The Maricopa County Commission on Trial Court Appointments will review the applications and take public testimony at a meeting on May 3, 2021. The meeting details will be available on the public meeting notice. The public meeting notice and meeting agenda will be posted on the Commission’s website at least seven 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 April 29, 2021 to be considered. Anonymous comments cannot be considered.

At the May 3, 2021 meeting, the Commission will choose the applicants to be interviewed. The selected applicants will be interviewed on May 26, 2021. The logistics of this meeting will be available after the May 3 meeting. After the interviews, the Commission will recommend at least three nominees for each opening to Governor Doug Ducey, who will appoint the new judges.



11 Applicants Being Considered for Arizona Supreme Court



April 12, 2021
 
The public is asked for comments on 11 applicants for an opening on the Arizona Supreme Court created by the retirement of Justice Andrew W. Gould.
 
The applicants are:
 
• Cynthia J. Bailey
• Sean E. Brearcliffe
• David J. Euchner
• Randall M. Howe
• Kathryn H. King
• Jennifer M. Perkins
• Adele G. Ponce
• Patricia A. Starr
• Lacey A. Stover Gard
• Carrie P. Ryerson
• David D. Weinzweig
 
Their applications can be viewed online at the Commission’s website,  http://www.azcourts.gov/jnc.
 
The Commission on Appellate Court Appointments will review the applications and hear comments at a public meeting on April 27, 2021. The meeting will be held in room 101 of the Arizona State Courts Building, 1501 W. Washington. Meeting details will be available on the public meeting notice. The public meeting notice and meeting agenda will be posted on the Commission’s website at least seven (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 April 22, 2021 to be considered.  Anonymous comments cannot be considered.
 
At the April 27, 2021 meeting, the commission will choose the applicants to be interviewed. The selected applicants will be interviewed on May 17, 2021. The logistics of this meeting will be available after the April 27th meeting. After the interviews, the commission will recommend at least three nominees for the opening to Governor Doug Ducey, who will appoint the new justice.





Applications are being accepted for a vacancy on the Arizona Supreme Court



March 15, 2021

Applications are being accepted for a vacancy on the Arizona Supreme Court created by the retirement of Justice Andrew W. Gould.

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, who will appoint the new justice.

The most current 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 of good moral character and admitted to the practice of law in, and a resident of the state of Arizona for the past 10 years, and under age 65 at the time the nomination is sent to the Governor.

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 April 9, 2021.

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. Meeting dates will be announced.

The new justice will be paid $159,684.88 annually.


Applications Being Accepted for a Vacancy on the Maricopa County Superior Court



March 15, 2021

Applications are being accepted for a vacancy on the Superior Court in Maricopa County created by the retirement of Judge Dawn M. Bergin.

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 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, and 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 April 15, 2021.

Applicants for the recent vacancies in Maricopa County MUST 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.

The new judge will be paid $149,382.60 annually.




Governor Ducey Appoints Stasy Click And David McDowell To The Maricopa County Superior Court



March 9, 2021

PHOENIX — Governor Doug Ducey today announced the appointments of David McDowell and Stasy Click to the Maricopa County Superior Court. These appointments are to fill vacancies created by the retirement of Judges Douglas Gerlach and Jeanne Garcia.

Stasy Click is an experienced family law practitioner who has had her own firm since 2009. She also takes on pro bono cases representing victim’s rights in criminal proceedings and preparing wills for first responders through Wills for Heroes. In addition, Stasy has been serving as a Judge Pro Tempore for the Maricopa County Superior Court since 2018, presiding over family and criminal law cases. While managing her firm, Stasy also worked as a family law attorney with the ASU Alumni Law Group from 2015 to 2017. Additionally, she was a Family Law Clinic Supervisor, as well as an Adjunct Professor of Family and Community Property Law, for Arizona Summit Law School from 2012 to 2015.

Prior to opening her firm, Stasy was a civil and family law associate at Burch & Cracchiolo from 2005 to 2009. Prior to that, she was the Director of ASU’s Victim’s Legal Assistance project from 2001 to 2004, where she implemented the nation’s first pro bono legal clinic representing crime victims. During this time, she also served as a Judge Pro Tempore for the Gilbert Municipal Court and as an Adjunct Professor of Criminal Law for the University of Phoenix. Stasy also has a strong criminal background, having worked in both the Maricopa County and Pima County Attorney’s Offices, as well as a criminal defense attorney for local firms.

Stasy has been recognized as a Southwest Super Lawyer for several years. Currently, she serves on the Board of the Family Law Section for the Maricopa County Bar Association. She has volunteered for many years with Operation Stand Down, aiding homeless veterans in family and criminal court matters, and with the Children’s Law Center, assisting the Court in determining if child abuse has occurred in family law matters.

“Stasy’s vast experience and passion for giving back to the profession and local community in a multitude of ways makes her an excellent addition to the bench. I am pleased to appoint her to the Maricopa County Superior Court,” said Governor Ducey.

Stasy majored in Philosophy and minored in Political Science at Drake University in Iowa, graduating cum laude. Thereafter, she graduated from the University of Arizona College of Law.

David McDowell has been a partner at Rose Law Group pc since 2014 and serves as the head of Litigation, managing the department and overseeing all of the firm’s litigation. His practice is focused on civil litigation matters, consisting of premise and product liability litigation, contract and real estate disputes, administrative agency proceedings, and employment claims. His practice also includes transactional matters, encompassing commercial real estate purchase and sale agreements, financing documents, contracts with governmental agencies, company governance documents, and employment agreements. Since 2017, David also has been serving as a Judge Pro Tempore for the Maricopa County Superior Court handling civil settlement conferences.

Before joining Rose Law Group, David was co-managing shareholder of Renaud Cook Drury Mesaros, PA, where he managed a firm of 110 employees. Throughout his career, he has practiced in nearly every major area of the law.

From 2016 to 2018, David served as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Phoenix Zoo/Arizona Center for Nature Conservation. He has been a Fiesta Bowl parade volunteer and donated his time with various nonprofit organizations such as UMOM and Big Brothers and Big Sisters. He also volunteered with the State Bar of Arizona’s program aiding Hurricane Katrina victims who had relocated to Arizona in 2006.

“David’s leadership and complex commercial experience will make him a valued member of the judiciary. I am delighted to appoint him to the Maricopa County Superior Court,” said Governor Ducey.

David received his Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with honors from Washington State University. He then received his law degree from the University of Idaho, graduating with honors.



Governor Ducey Appoints Stacy Krueger To The Coconino County Superior Court


2/25/21

PHOENIX — Governor Doug Ducey today announced the appointment of Stacy Krueger to the Coconino County Superior Court to fill the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Mark R. Moran.

In 2018, Coconino County voters opted to move from elections for judges on the Superior Court to merit selection where the Coconino County Trial Court Commission makes recommendations to the Governor for appointments to fill judicial vacancies. Stacy is the Governor’s first appointment to the Coconino County Superior Court through this new process.

“Stacy’s dedication and service to the Coconino County community is an asset to the bench,” said Governor Ducey. “I am pleased to announce Stacy’s appointment to the Coconino County Superior Court.”

Stacy Krueger
Stacy has devoted her life to public service as a prosecutor with the Coconino County Attorney’s Office. She prosecutes felony cases and manages an average caseload of 50 to 80 cases at any given time. Although she handles a wide variety of felony cases, her focus is on prosecuting domestic violence cases. In addition, she supervises prosecutors who serve in Coconino County’s specialty courts including Veterans’ Court, Recovery Court, Mental Health Court, and Page Drug Court.

Stacy’s service extends outside the office through volunteer work for the High Country Stand Down for Veterans and for Wills for Heroes events. Additionally, she has volunteered her time with the Northland Family Help Center, Big Brothers & Big Sisters, and the Flagstaff Family Food Center events. Stacy graduated from Coconino County’s Executive Leadership Academy, which trains future leaders. In 2018, Stacy was named the Arizona Prosecutor of the Year by Mothers Against Drunk Driving and the Citizen of the Year by the National Association of Social Workers - Arizona Chapter, Branch 3.

Stacy graduated cum laude from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay with a Bachelor of Arts in History, minoring in Women’s Studies. While in college, she played on the Division I women’s basketball team with a full athletic scholarship. She then obtained magna cum laude a Master of Science in Education from Youngstown State University in Ohio. She subsequently received her law degree magna cum laude from the University of Toledo in Ohio.



Governor Ducey Appoints Jeffrey Sklar, Lisa Abrams And Gary Cohen To The Pima County Superior Court



1/19/2021

PHOENIX⁠ — Governor Doug Ducey today announced the appointments of Jeffrey Sklar, Lisa Abrams and Gary Cohen to the Pima County Superior Court to fill the vacancies created by the appointment of Judge John Hinderaker to the United States District Court, District of Arizona and the retirement of Judges Gus Aragón and Leslie Miller.

Jeffrey Sklar is a Partner at Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie, where he has been a commercial litigator since 2010. He represents businesses and business owners in various legal disputes, and he has experience in eminent domain, antitrust, receiverships, and bankruptcy law. He also serves as outside general counsel to the Metropolitan Domestic Water Improvement District and the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum. In addition, Sklar has been serving since 2018 as a Pima County Superior Court Judge Pro Tem, where he handles civil and family law related settlement conferences.

Before joining Lewis Roca, Sklar practiced at Irell & Manella in Los Angeles, California as a commercial litigator, which included intellectual property litigation. After law school, he clerked for then Justice Scott Bales of the Arizona Supreme Court. Sklar has been repeatedly named to Benchmark Litigation’s 40 & Under Hot List and as a Rising Star by Southwest Super Lawyers.

Sklar dedicates substantial time to pro bono cases through Southern Arizona Legal Aid and Step Up to Justice, focusing on consumer and landlord/tenant issues. In 2019, he was recognized by Southern Arizona Legal Aid as a volunteer of the month and by the Arizona Bar Foundation as one of the top 50 pro bono attorneys in the state. Sklar also serves on the Board of Directors of Interfaith Community Services, a local social services organization devoted to helping people in need achieve healthy, stable and independent lives.

“Jeff’s intellect and dedication to the southern Arizona community will be an asset to the bench,” said Governor Ducey. “I am pleased to announce Jeff’s appointment to the Pima County Superior Court.”

Sklar graduated summa cum laude from the University of Arizona with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Political Science, minoring in Spanish. He also served as the Editor-in-Chief of the Arizona Daily Wildcat. He then received his law degree from the University of Southern California Gould School of Law, where he graduated in the top 10% of his class and served as Executive Notes Editor on the Southern California Law Review.

Lisa Abrams has been serving since 2010 as a Commissioner for the Pima County Superior Court. She is currently on the Juvenile bench and has previously served on the Family Law and Probate benches. She also volunteers as a judge for the Juvenile Court's Dependency Alternative Program, which diverts eligible dependency cases out of the traditional dependency route. Abrams also serves on the Pima County Superior Court’s Security Emergency Preparedness Committee and the Arizona Supreme Court’s Commission on Minorities in the Judiciary.

Prior to joining the bench, Abrams was a Partner at Karp & Weiss, where she practiced primarily in the areas of family, juvenile, and school law. Before that, Abrams was legal counsel for the Tucson Unified School District (TUSD), for which she handled diverse issues in education, employment, and civil matters. She also provided legal training to thousands of TUSD teachers, administrators, and students.

Abrams began her career at the Pima County Public Defender’s Office, where she handled misdemeanor and felony cases ranging from DUI to murder charges. Abrams also served as a judicial law clerk/bailiff for Pima County Superior Court Judge Michael Brown after graduating from law school.

Among her volunteer work, Abrams devotes substantial time to animal rescue organizations, In the Arms of Angels and Humane Society of Southern Arizona. From 2012 to 2015, she served on the Board of Directors of the Humane Society of Southern Arizona.

“Lisa’s broad experience in the public and private sectors, as well as her judicial experience, will allow her to quickly contribute to the Court,” said Governor Ducey. “I am delighted to announce Lisa’s appointment to the Pima County Superior Court.”

Abrams graduated magna cum laude from Smith College in Massachusetts with a Bachelor of Arts in Government, minoring in Economics. She then received her law degree from the University of Arizona College of Law.

Gary Cohen is a Partner at Mesch Clark Rothschild where he has practiced since 1993. His current practice includes government defense, personal injury, commercial litigation, employment, and appellate matters. Over his career, he has also handled class actions, vulnerable adult claims, and minor criminal matters. In addition, Cohen has been serving as a Judge Pro Tem for Pima County Superior Court since 2004, as a mediator for civil cases.

From 2011 to 2017, Cohen was an Adjunct Professor at the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law teaching pre-trial litigation. Cohen was also on the Executive Committee of the State Bar of Arizona’s Appellate Practice Section from 2006 to 2010, including serving as its Chair.

Cohen has been named to Best Lawyers in America and Southwest Super Lawyers since 2017. In 2012, Cohen was named “Best Writer” in a survey of Pima County Bar Association Members.

Cohen has given back to the southern Arizona community for many years. From 2017 to 2019, he was an Honorary Commander at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, and he has been an Arizona Local Board Member of the Selective Service System since 2010. Cohen has also served as a board member for several non-profit organizations over the years, including the Children’s Museum Tucson (2011-2017), Make-A-Wish Foundation Southern Arizona (2008-2010), Tucson Fiesta Bowl Committee (2005-2008), and Tucson Jewish Community Center (2003-2009).

“Gary’s commercial experience, including in complex civil cases, will bring a unique perspective and skillset to the bench,” said Governor Ducey. “I am happy to announce Gary’s appointment to the Pima County Superior Court.”

Gary graduated from Northwestern University with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. He then received his law degree from the University of Arizona College of Law. During law school, Gary was a member of the Arizona Journal of International and Comparative Law.



Governor Ducey Appoints Brian Furuya To The Arizona Court of Appeals

December 23, 2020

PHOENIX⁠ — Governor Doug Ducey today announced the appointment of Coconino County attorney Brian Y. Furuya to fill a vacancy on the Arizona Court of Appeals, Division I.

“Brian’s broad experience in both the public and private sectors, as well as his deep respect for the rule of law, is a tremendous asset to the people of Arizona," said Governor Ducey. "I am pleased to appoint him to the Arizona Court of Appeals."

Furuya has served as a Deputy County Attorney in the Civil Division of the Coconino County Attorney’s Office since January 2016 and is a past president of both the State Bar of Arizona and the Coconino County Bar Association.

His appreciation for the rule of law is rooted in his family's experience at the close of World War II. His father, the grandson of Japanese immigrants, was born in the Tule Lake Japanese Internment Camp in northern California in 1945.

“My family’s history taught me that our Constitutional rights must be cherished, cultivated, and protected with careful vigilance,” Furuya said. "My father proudly served our country in Vietnam during the Tet Offensive. He loves our country and he has passed that love on to me."

As a Deputy County Attorney, Furuya is responsible for a variety of areas from zoning and health code enforcement litigation to advising government agencies on matters of legal compliance. He has also successfully handled numerous civil appellate cases.

Furuya brings to the bench a unique background with experience in both the public and commercial sectors, and a dedication to his community through service and pro bono work. He has been extensively involved with the State Bar of Arizona, serving as the elected State Bar’s Board of Governors representative for the Mohave, Navajo, Coconino, and Apache counties for several years before being named as its President for the term of July 2019 to July 2020.

Furuya served as president of the Coconino County Bar Association in 2013 and has served on advisory groups for the City of Flagstaff. He has participated in pro bono efforts with the Volunteer Lawyers Program, where he provided counsel in landlord/tenant disputes. He is also licensed to practice with the Navajo Nation, where he has also provided pro bono assistance.

Prior to joining the County Attorney’s Office, Furuya was an associate attorney at Aspey, Watkins & Diesel PLLC from August 2007 to December 2015. His practice focused primarily on business transactions, real estate transactions, personal injury cases, and appellate work. He also handled several cases involving bankruptcy, family, probate, and Navajo tribal law. He was named a 2015 Southwest Super Lawyers Rising Star (Business & Corporate Attorney) and 2012-2013 National Trial Lawyers Top 40 Under 40.

Furuya graduated cum laude from Brigham Young University with a Bachelor’s of Arts, majoring in Political Science and minoring in Philosophy. He obtained his law degree from Brigham Young University, where he served as the Managing Editor of Articles on the BYU Journal of Public Law.

His appointment was made to fill the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Kenton D. Jones, who was named to the Court in 2013.

Public Asked for Input on Candidates for Maricopa Superior Court Vacancies



December 14, 2020
 
The Maricopa County Commission on Trial Court Appointments is seeking public input on 14 candidates for two openings on the Superior Court in Maricopa County.
 
The candidates are:
 
• Glenn A. Allen • Amy M. Kalman
• Scott M. Blum • Julie A. LaFave
• Stasy D. Click • David E. McDowell
• James N. Drake, Jr. • Sigmund G. Popko
• David W. Garbarino • Andrew J. Russell
• Melody Garland Harmon • Ashley Villaverde Halvorson
• Lauren R. Guyton • Lisa S. Wahlin
 
Their applications can be viewed online at the Commission’s website, http://azcourts.gov/jnc.
 
The Commission will meet to interview the candidates on January 7, 2021 at 8:30 a.m. The meeting will be held in room 345 of the Arizona State Courts Building, 1501 W. Washington, Phoenix, AZ 85007.
 
Citizens may address the Commission on the day of the meeting via Zoom, 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 January 4, 2021 to be considered.  Anonymous comments cannot be considered.
 
The Zoom information will be provided on the interview agenda and public meeting notice. Both documents will be posted on the Commission’s website at least seven (7) days prior to the meeting. If you would like to provide verbal comments at this meeting, you must send your information and the subject of your comments to Blanca Moreno, at bmoreno@courts.az.gov by 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, January 6, 2021.
 
After the interviews, the Commission will recommend at least three nominees for the each opening to Governor Doug Ducey, who will appoint the new judges.
 
The format of the interviews meeting is subject to change due to the current pandemic. Any changes will be communicated in a news release and posted on the Commission’s website.











MARICOPA COUNTY SUPERIOR COURT COMMISSIONER RECRUITMENT



10/27/2020

The Judicial Branch of Arizona in Maricopa County is accepting applications for appointment as a Commissioner. The selected Commissioners may be assigned and/or assist with work or hear matters in all Court departments to include Civil, Family, Juvenile, Criminal, Probate, Mental Health, Tax or Justice Courts. The selected Commissioners may be assigned to Initial Appearance Court which may require evenings and weekends and may be for a year or more. One or more appointments may be made from this recruitment. The Court may also create a list of qualified applicants from which vacancies may be filled without additional announcements or recruitment. As Judicial employees of the Court, Commissioners are not permitted to practice law.

Applications will be screened and selected candidates will be interviewed by a special Commissioner Nominating Committee and referred to the Presiding Judge of the Superior Court. The Presiding Judge will make the final appointment(s).

APPLICATION PROCEDURE AND TIMETABLE

Applicants who have previously applied will need to re-apply to receive consideration.

Applicants may obtain the application form at http://www.superiorcourt.maricopa.gov/jobs during the open recruitment period.
All applicants must deliver the completed application to Judicial Branch Human Resources no later than 3:00 PM on Friday, November 20, 2020. Applications may be delivered in person to our offices or via email. The addresses that applications should be submitted to are located on the application packet.

The Court may publish the names of applicants for the position of Commissioner to solicit public comment.

QUALIFICATIONS

A candidate for this position must be a United States citizen, a duly licensed member of the State Bar of Arizona, and a resident of the State of Arizona, for not less than five years immediately preceding his or her appointment. Applicants need not be a Maricopa County resident at the time of their application, however, under A.R.S. 12-211 (B) must be a resident of Maricopa County when appointed. 

Achievement or distinction in various areas of the law and litigation consistent with the duties of this Commissioner position is desirable.

Commissioners serve from time to time as judges pro tempore in the course of their regular duties. The Arizona Constitution,

Article VI, §22 requires that judicial nominees must be at least 30 years of age, of good moral character, and admitted to the practice of law in and a resident of the State for five years immediately preceding appointment.

Note: Commissioners are required to file an annual financial disclosure statement.

For more information and to apply, please click here.










Governor Ducey Appoints Julie Mata, Max-Henri Covil, Monica Edelstein And Rusty Crandell To The Maricopa County Superior Court


September 4, 2020

PHOENIX⁠ — Governor Doug Ducey today announced the appointments of Julie Mata, Max-Henri Covil, Monica Edelstein, and Rusty Crandell to the Maricopa County Superior Court. These appointments are to fill vacancies created by the appointment of Judge Cynthia J. Bailey to Division One of the Arizona Court of Appeals and the retirement of Judges Lisa Daniel Flores, Warren J. Granville and Andrew G. Klein.

Julie Mata has been a Commissioner with the Maricopa County Superior Court since 2013, where she has served in the Criminal and Probate Divisions. As Commissioner, Julie gained broad experience conducting judicial hearings throughout all stages of the criminal process. Prior to serving as Commissioner, Julie worked as an Administrative Law Judge for ADOT from 2011 to 2013. In this position, Julie handled cases involving suspensions, denials, and revocations of drivers licenses and presided over hearings regarding fuel tax evasion, franchise disputes, and dealership and title disputes.

Prior to being an Administrative Law Judge, Julie had her own practice handling criminal, probate, family, personal injury, and corporate matters. During this time, she also served as a Judge Pro Tem for the City of Tolleson from 2010 to 2012. Julie began her career at the Maricopa County Public Defender’s Office from 2003 to 2009.

Julie is a member of the Arizona Women Lawyers Association and the Phoenix Rotary 100. Through her involvement in the Phoenix Rotary 100, she has volunteered for the Encanto Reading Program. Julie has also volunteered for the Veteran’s Stand Down and National Adoption Day events.

“Julie’s determination and professionalism make her an excellent candidate for the bench,” said Governor Ducey. “I am delighted to announce her appointment to the Maricopa County Superior Court.”

Julie received her Bachelor of Science in Public Administration and Political Science from the Northern Arizona University in 1996 and received her law degree from Gonzaga University School of Law in 2003.

Max-Henri Covil has been serving as a Commissioner with the Maricopa County Superior Court since 2018. He is currently assigned to the Regional Court Center, a high-volume, felony criminal court.

Prior to serving as a Commissioner, Max-Henri worked as an Administrative Law Judge for the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) from 2013 to 2018. In this role, he conducted hearings to address issues arising under the regulatory and enforcement powers of ADOT. During this time, Max-Henri also served as a Judge Pro Tem with the Maricopa County Superior Court, assigned to the Regional Court Center and Probation Violation Court. Max-Henri began his career as a Maricopa County Public Defender from 2008 to 2013.

Max-Henri regularly volunteers for the Arizona Veterans StandDown where he adjudicates criminal cases to assist veterans. He has also been a volunteer with the Boys and Girls Club of North Tempe. Max-Henri is an active member of the Arizona Black Bar Association, Arizona Judges Association, Maricopa County Bar Association, and Thurgood Marshall Inn of Court. He also serves on the Board of Directors for Community Legal Services.

“Max-Henri is well-respected among prosecutors and defense attorneys alike for his exceptional work and dedication to serving his community,” said Governor Ducey. “I am pleased to announce his appointment to the Maricopa County Superior Court.”

Max-Henri received his bachelor’s degree in Anthropology from the University of Pennsylvania and law degree from Syracuse University College of Law in 2007.

Monica Edelstein has been serving as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Phoenix since 2013. Monica has managed a diverse caseload including cases involving fraud and white collar crime, public integrity, national security, narcotics, gun trafficking, and violent crime. Monica also serves as the Professional Responsibility Officer for her office and advises colleagues on professional conduct matters. Additionally, she serves as an Evaluator with the Department of Justice’s Evaluation and Review Staff. In this capacity, she conducts periodic site visits at every U.S. Attorney’s Office across the country to provide management assistance, assure compliance with DOJ policy, and share best practices to improve efficiency. Before joining the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Phoenix, Monica worked in Washington, D.C. at the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Monica also serves as a Reserve Air Force Assistant Judge Advocate General (JAG). She currently supports the Legal Office at Luke Air Force Base in a primarily civil practice. Additionally, as a member of the Air Force’s TRIALS Team, she trains other litigators serving at U.S. Air Force bases.

Monica is invested in helping Arizona’s youth and actively volunteers in her community. She recently served on the Board of Directors for Cactus Foothills Little League and volunteers with Feed My Starving Children, Court Works (federal court mock trial competition), and Ninth Circuit Civics Competition (high school competition). Monica serves on the Board of Directors for the University of Arizona Law College Association. She is a member of the Federal Bar Association and South Asian Bar Association. In addition, she was a member of the State Bar of Arizona’s Committee on Women and Minority Lawyers, serving as its Vice-Chair in 2016-2017.

“Monica’s career of service to her country and community as well as her vast professional experience will make her a valued member of the judiciary,” said Governor Ducey. “I am glad to announce her appointment to the Maricopa County Superior Court.”

Monica graduated from Boston College with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication and Sociology. She received her law degree from the University of Arizona where she served as Editor in Chief of the Arizona Journal of International and Comparative Law. She subsequently received her Master of Laws (L.L.M) in Taxation from New York University School of Law.

Rusty Crandell has been with the Arizona Attorney General’s Office since 2016, where he currently serves as the Deputy Solicitor General and Chief Counsel of the Federalism Unit. In this role, he handles constitutional law cases before the Arizona Supreme Court and participates in multi-state litigation regarding challenges brought under federal law. Prior to joining the Arizona Attorney General’s Office, Rusty practiced commercial litigation, insurance recovery, and intellectual property at Perkins Coie LLP from 2008 to 2015. After law school, Rusty clerked for Judge Roslyn Silver in the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona.

Rusty is an active member of several professional organizations, including the State Bar of Arizona’s Civil Practice and Procedure Committee and the J. Reuben Clark Law Society.

“Rusty’s brilliance and exceptional skill as a litigator give me great confidence in his ability to faithfully serve the people of Arizona as a member of the judiciary,” said Governor Ducey. “I am happy to announce his appointment to the Maricopa County Superior Court.”

Rusty received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and law degree from Arizona State University. While in law school, Rusty served on the Arizona State Law Journal and graduated first in his class.



Governor Ducey Appoints Michael McGill To The Yavapai County Superior Court


September 2, 2020

PHOENIX — Governor Doug Ducey today announced the appointment of Michael McGill to the Yavapai County Superior Court. The vacancy on the Yavapai County Superior Court was created by the retirement of Judge David Mackey. Under the Arizona Constitution, judges of the Superior Court in counties with a population of less than 250,000 persons are elected by the voters. When a judge retires or resigns prior to a general election, the vacancy created by the retirement or resignation is filled by gubernatorial appointment until the next general election.

Michael McGill is an experienced prosecutor who has been serving the people of Yavapai County since 2011. As a Supervising Deputy County Attorney, Michael manages a team of prosecutors assigned to the Yavapai County Justice Courts. Michael also was part of the team responsible for establishing the Yavapai County Limited Jurisdiction Veteran’s Court to address the unique needs of Arizona’s veteran community. Before joining the Yavapai County Attorney’s Office, Michael McGill was a prosecutor on the General Narcotics Team task force in Mohave County and a prosecutor for the Arizona Automobile Theft Authority. 

Michael has been recognized on many occasions for his outstanding work as a prosecutor. He was presented with the Outstanding Felony Prosecutor Award by the Yavapai County Attorney’s Office in 2018, recognized as the Felony Prosecutor of the Year by the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety in 2017, and given the Excellence in Victim Advocacy Award by the Yavapai County Attorney’s Office in 2016. Michael is also an active member of several professional organizations, including the National District Attorneys Association and Yavapai County Bar Association. 

With a passion for helping Arizona’s youth, Michael is very active in his community. He has frequently volunteered to serve as a coach for the Prescott Valley Little League, Yavapai Soccer Club, and Prescott YMCA. He has also volunteered for the Coyote Springs Elementary School in Prescott Valley. 

“Michael’s dedication to serving his community and outstanding work as a Deputy Yavapai County Attorney make him an exceptional candidate to serve on the bench,” said Governor Ducey. “I am delighted to appoint Michael McGill to the Yavapai County Superior Court.” 

Michael graduated with a Juris Doctorate degree from Western New England College School of Law in 2005 and Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from Western New England College in 2002.







Applications Being Accepted for a Vacancy on Division One of the Arizona Court of Appeals


July 28, 2020

Applications are being accepted for a vacancy on Division One of the Arizona Court of Appeals created by the retirement of Judge Kenton D. Jones.
 
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, who will appoint the new judge.
 
The most current 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 of good moral character and admitted to the practice of law in, and a resident of the state of Arizona for the past five years, and a resident of one of the following Counties for the past three years: Apache, Coconino, La Paz, Mohave, Navajo, Yavapai or Yuma.
 
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 August 31, 2020. 
 
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. Meeting dates will be announced. 
 
The new judge will be paid $154,533.75 annually.
 
Division One of the Court of Appeals hears cases arising in Apache, Coconino, La Paz, Maricopa, Mohave, Navajo, Yavapai and Yuma counties.










Governor Ducey Appoints Aryeh D. Schwartz To The Maricopa County Superior Court



July 17, 2020

PHOENIX — Governor Doug Ducey today announced the appointment of Aryeh D. Schwartz to the Maricopa County Superior Court. This appointment fills the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge George H. Foster, Jr.

Aryeh has been a Commissioner of the Maricopa County Superior Court since 2015, where he served in the Probate and Criminal Divisions. He also served on the Maricopa County Superior Court’s Community Outreach Committee and the Office of Public Defense Services’ Probate Evaluation Committee.

Prior to his Commissioner appointment, Aryeh had his own law firm where he primarily practiced in civil matters, developed extensive trial experience, and served as a Judge Pro Tem for Maricopa County Superior Court. Before having his own firm, he practiced for various law firms, including Engelman Berger and Wilenchik & Bartness. Aryeh’s work in private practice included a broad range of areas, such as commercial and consumer litigation, transactions, and general counsel matters. He also practiced in a considerable amount of bankruptcy, employment, construction, real estate, and contract disputes.

Aryeh is very active in the legal community, including service as Judicial Co-Chair of the Maricopa County Bar Association’s Bench/Bar Committee. In this role, he successfully directed an initiative to assist litigants in their understanding of the judicial process while conserving county resources through efficiency. In July 2017, the Maricopa County Bar Association awarded Aryeh the Judicial Officer of the Year Award for his contributions to the legal and non-legal communities in Maricopa County.

Aryeh volunteers on the Outreach Committee of Free Arts for Abused Children of Arizona, which is a nonprofit organization that provides creative and therapeutic arts programs for children who have faced abuse, neglect, and homelessness. He has also volunteered with Feed My Starving Children and as a youth soccer coach for Phoenix Rising Soccer. He previously served on the Board of Directors for the Phoenix Art Museum Men’s Arts Council.

“Aryeh regularly demonstrates his commitment to Arizona and Maricopa County through his accomplishments and dedication to service,” said Governor Ducey. “I look forward to Aryeh’s work on the Maricopa County Superior Court.”

Aryeh graduated cum laude from the University of Arizona, Honors College in 1994 with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. He then received his law degree from the Arizona State University College of Law.









MARICOPA SUPERIOR COURT JUDICIAL NOMINEES ANNOUNCED


June 2, 2020

The Maricopa County Commission on Trial Court Appointments has recommended 14 candidates to Governor Doug Ducey for an opening on the Superior Court in Maricopa County.

Nominees for the opening created by the retirement of Judge George H. Foster, Jr. are:

·Glenn A. Allen, Republican, of Phoenix, Commissioner with the Superior Court in Maricopa County.

·Julie Ashworth LaFave, Democrat, of Tempe, Commissioner with the Superior Court in Maricopa County.

·Monica N. Bellapravalu Edelstein, Democrat, of Scottsdale, Assistant United States Attorney at the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

·Stasy D. Click, Republican, of Phoenix, Attorney and Sole Shareholder of the Law Office of Stasy Click.

·Francisca J. Cota, Republican, of Phoenix, Judge of the Phoenix Municipal Court.

·Max-Henri Covil, Independent, of Scottsdale, Commissioner with the Superior Court in Maricopa County.

·Rusty D. Crandell, Republican, of Gilbert, Deputy Solicitor General and Chief Counsel of the Federalism Unit at the Office of the Arizona Attorney General.

·David W. Garbarino, Republican, of Phoenix, Commissioner with the Superior Court in Maricopa County.

·Julie A. Mata, Republican, of Phoenix, Commissioner with the Superior Court in Maricopa County.

·David E. McDowell, Independent, of Scottsdale, Partner and Director of the Litigation Department of the Rose Law Group, PC.

·Sigmund G. Popko, Democrat, of Tempe, Commissioner with the Superior Court in Maricopa County.

·Andrew J. Russell, Independent, of Phoenix, Commissioner with the Superior Court in Maricopa County.

·Aryeh D. Schwartz, Democrat, of Scottsdale, Commissioner with the Superior Court in Maricopa County.

·Ashley Villaverde Halvorson, Democrat, of Phoenix, a Partner at Jones, Skelton and Hochuli, P.L.C.

Governor Ducey will make the appointment.






Applications Being Accepted for Three Vacancies on the Maricopa County Superior Court


April 30, 2020

Applications are being accepted for three vacancies on the Superior Court in Maricopa County created by the appointment of Judge Cynthia J. Bailey to Division One of the Arizona Court of Appeals and the retirement of Judges Lisa Daniel Flores and Warren J. Granville.

 

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 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, and 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 May 29, 2020. 

 

Applicants for the recent vacancy in Maricopa County MUST 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.

 

The new judges will be paid $149,382.60 annually.





Governor Ducey Appoints Cynthia Bailey To The Arizona Court of Appeals


April 30, 2020

PHOENIX — Governor Doug Ducey today announced the appointment of Judge Cynthia Bailey to the Arizona Court of Appeals, Division I. 

Judge Bailey is a dedicated public servant, serving in all three branches of Arizona government. She has been a judge with the Maricopa County Superior Court since 2012, achieving broad experience in the civil, criminal and family divisions. Before her appointment as a Judge on the Superior Court, she served as a Commissioner on the same court for 2 years. She is currently the Northeast Regional Court Presiding Judge and handles a civil calendar. Since being appointed to the bench, she has demonstrated her leadership skills through involvement in various judicial committees, including the Settlement Conference Committee, Behavioral Health Committee, Initiatives Committee, Judicial Executive Committee and Superior Court Judges Pro Tem Appointment Committee.

Prior to joining the bench, Judge Bailey was a Deputy Maricopa County Attorney, where she managed a felony caseload from 1993-1995 in the criminal division prosecuting major felonies through numerous jury trials. From 2007-2010, Judge Bailey worked in the civil division, practicing in the mental health court where she appeared in court daily to seek court-ordered mental health treatment for individuals unwilling to obtain help voluntarily. 

Judge Bailey also worked at the Arizona Legislature where she was the Senate Rules Attorney from 1997-2001 and served as the Senate Judiciary Committee Analyst in 2004. It was there where she gained in-depth exposure to both the Arizona Constitution and all titles of Arizona law. In these nonpartisan roles she reviewed, interpreted, and advised on bills. As the rules attorney, she advised on the constitutionality of proposed laws while also serving as an ethics advisor.

In addition to her public service, Judge Bailey worked in private practice. From 2001-2005, she worked for two firms, Kimerer & Derrick and Fromm, Smith & Gadow, where she practiced criminal defense and family law, including federal pension regulation. From 2005-2007, she maintained a criminal defense practice. 
Since 2003, Judge Bailey has been involved in the Mayo Clinic’s annual medical mission to Mexico by presenting and packaging aid supplies and gathering donations of clothing and toiletries. Throughout her career, she has volunteered for the Children’s Cancer Network, Paradise Valley Walk for the Cure, and Hospice of the Valley. She has also volunteered countless hours for her church. Judge Bailey gives back to the legal community by presenting on various legal topics, such as trial advocacy, motion practice and ethics.

“Judge Bailey’s diverse experience in law, both as a judge and practitioner, make her well-suited for the appellate bench,” said Governor Ducey. “Her service in all three branches of government instilled a strong understanding of the separation of powers and respect for the rule of law. I am pleased to appoint Judge Bailey to the Arizona Court of Appeals.”

Judge Bailey graduated magna cum laude from Arizona State University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. She then received her law degree from the Arizona State University College of Law. 
This appointment was made to fill the vacancy created by the resignation of Judge Diane M. Johnsen.  




Governor Ducey Appoints Marvin Davis, Suzanne Nicholls and Michael Rassas To The Maricopa County Superior Court


April 24, 2020
 
PHOENIX — Governor Doug Ducey today announced the appointments of Marvin Davis, Suzanne Nicholls and Michael Rassas to the Maricopa County Superior Court. These appointments are to fill vacancies due to the retirement of Judge Karen O’Connor and the resignation of Judges Erin O’Brien Otis and Jose S. Padilla.

Marvin Davis has been a Commissioner with the Maricopa County Superior Court since March 2017, serving in the Criminal Division. In 2019, Marvin was appointed by the Criminal Presiding Judge to serve as a division representative for the Citizen’s Academy, which provides community leaders with a glimpse of the numerous services provided by the Court. In 2019, he was also a Co-Chair of the Summer Extern Committee for the Court.

Prior to becoming a Commissioner, Marvin had his own law firm for 10 years, where he primarily practiced criminal law, as well as family and personal injury law. During this time, he also served as a Judge Pro Tem for the Maricopa County Superior Court at the Southeast Facility. Marvin began his legal practice at the Maricopa County Public Defender’s Office, where he practiced for 3 years.

Marvin is a member of the Maricopa County Bar Association, Maricopa County Bench Bar Committee and Arizona Black Bar.

“Marvin is respected by both prosecutors and defense attorneys, and his extensive courtroom experience will make him a great addition to the bench,” said Governor Ducey. “I am pleased to appoint Marvin to the Maricopa County Superior Court.”

Marvin graduated magna cum laude from the University of Arizona with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a Minor in African-American Studies. He then received his law degree from the Arizona State University College of Law.
 
Suzanne Nicholls has been with the Maricopa County Office of the Public Advocate since August 2015, where she represents parents and families in dependency actions involving the Arizona Department of Child Safety (DCS). In July 2017, she received the Arizona Public Defender Association’s Outstanding Performance Award.

Prior to her current position, Suzanne worked at the Arizona Attorney General’s Office in the Child and Family Protection Division in Yuma, where she represented DCS in dependency cases. Also in Yuma, she worked for Byrne & Benesch, PC as an Associate Attorney handling matters in real estate, business, estate planning, employment, and public agency law.  

Before practicing in Yuma, Suzanne worked in the Criminal Appeals Division at the Arizona Attorney General’s Office in Phoenix for 3 years. She began her legal career at Kunz, Plitt, Hyland, Demlong & Kleifield handling insurance defense matters.

Suzanne served on the Board of Directors for Operation Freedom Bird, which is a non-profit organization dedicated to serving combat veterans suffering from PTSD and other grief and loss issues. Suzanne also frequently volunteers her time by serving as a judge for Arizona State University Moot Court competitions.

“Suzanne’s diverse legal experience and commitment to the community will serve her well on the bench,” said Governor Ducey. “I am delighted to appoint Suzanne to the Maricopa County Superior Court.”

Suzanne graduated from Arizona State University with a Bachelor of Science in Accountancy. She then graduated cum laude from the Thomas Jefferson School of Law in 2007.
 
Michael Rassas has been with the Arizona Attorney General’s Office since March 2017, where he provides legal advice and representation to the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) and Arizona Department of Public Safety. His practice currently consists of administrative, appellate, and civil matters.

Prior to joining the Attorney General’s Office, Michael was an Administrative Law Judge at ADOT for over 4 years. During this time, he also served as a Judge Pro Tem for Maricopa County Superior Court for 3 years. Michael spent the first 8 years of his legal career at the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office, where he prosecuted various felony crimes, including gang-related offenses.

Michael serves on the board of directors for Kitchen on the Street, a community based organization that provides weekend and holiday meals to children who depend on school meal programs. Michael is also a member of the Hispanic National Bar Association.

“Michael’s dedication to public service and his commitment to keeping our communities safe will bring a unique perspective to the bench,” said Governor Ducey. “I am happy to appoint Michael to the Maricopa County Superior Court.”

Michael graduated from Arizona State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and a minor in History. He then received his law degree from the Arizona State University College of Law.


Governor Ducey Appoints J. Alan Goodwin To The Pima County Superior Court



February 18, 2020

PHOENIX — Governor Doug Ducey today announced the appointment of J. Alan Goodwin to the Pima County Superior Court. This appointment fills the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Charles V. Harrington.

Alan has been with the Pima County Attorney’s Office (PCAO) since 2012, where he currently serves as the Special Victims Bureau Chief. He leads teams that prosecute child homicide, child physical and sexual abuse, and internet crimes against children, as well as sex trafficking, sexual assault and domestic violence.

Alan served as an active duty Judge Advocate (JAG) in the U.S. Air Force from 1998 until 2004 when he was honorably discharged. Since 2004, Alan continues to serve in the U.S. Air Force Reserve and has attained the rank of Colonel. As a Reserve JAG, he trains JAGs in investigation, handling and litigation of criminal cases. He advises commanders on legal issues including criminal, administrative, government ethics and civil law. He has previously advised commanders on employment and procurement matters and has advised service members on family law and estates and trusts matters.

Alan worked for the State of Alaska Department of Law, Criminal Division from 2004 to 2009. From 2009 until 2012, he represented military members facing criminal and administrative actions in his civilian capacity.

In 2016, Alan served as the PCAO designee on the Governor’s Arizona Sexual Assault Evidence Collection Kit Task Force. From 2016 through 2018, he served as a member of the Statewide Sexual Assault Response Stakeholder Workgroup to develop and publish the 2018 “State of Arizona Recommended Guidelines for a Coordinated Community Response to Adult Sexual Assault.” He currently serves as the site coordinator and primary administrator of a $2 million Bureau of Justice Assistance grant that funds untested sexual assault kit testing, as well as the investigation and prosecution of cold-case sexual assaults.

“Alan’s career is marked by selfless service,” said Governor Ducey. “He serves our country as a U.S. Air Force Reserve Officer, and has served our community by helping victims of abuse and violence. I am pleased to appoint Alan to the Pima County Superior Court.”

Alan and his brother were among the first generation in their family to attend college. Alan attended the University of Alabama and graduated summa cum laude in 1995 with a Bachelor of Arts in History and Political Science. Alan went on to earn his Juris Doctor from the University of Alabama in 1998.





Governor Ducey Appoints Robert Brooks To The Maricopa County Superior Court


1/12/20
 
PHOENIX — Governor Doug Ducey today announced the appointment of Robert Brooks to the Maricopa County Superior Court. This appointment fills the vacancy created by the appointment of Judge David B. Gass to Division I of the Arizona Court of Appeals.

Robert Brooks has been with the United States Attorney’s Office since 2014, where he currently prosecutes crimes in the Violent Crimes Section, including bank robbery, gang-related offenses and major felonies occurring on Native American reservations. In 2017, he received the FBI Award for Professional Excellence, Outstanding Leadership, Contributions and Successes in Prosecuting Bank Robberies.

In addition, Robert serves as one of two human trafficking coordinators for the U.S. Attorney’s Office, in which he prosecutes sex and labor trafficking cases and coordinates with law enforcement and service providers to provide resources to survivors.

Prior to joining the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Robert was an Arizona Assistant Attorney General in the Protective Service Section where he represented the Arizona Department of Child Safety in all phases of dependency litigation. Before joining the public sector, he was an associate at Osborn Maledon, focusing on complex commercial transactions.

Robert started his legal career by volunteering for a year in Bangalore, India with International Justice Mission, where he actively investigated and prosecuted cases of bonded labor and child labor, worked to rescue victims and assisted with providing services to rescued victims.

Robert also performed pro bono work as a court appointed advisor through the Children’s Law Center of the Volunteer Lawyers Program, in which he assisted Family Court Judges by meeting with parents and children in custody disputes and providing the Court with written recommendations or in-person testimony. He received the Children’s Law Center Court Appointed Advisor of the Year award in 2012. That same year, he was also named a Top 50 Pro Bono Attorney by the Arizona Foundation for Legal Services and Education.

“Robert’s dedication to the community, including some of the most vulnerable populations, will bring a unique perspective to the bench,” said Governor Ducey. “I am pleased to appoint Robert to the Maricopa County Superior Court.”

Robert graduated magna cum laude from the University of Arizona with a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and a minor in Religious Studies. He then received his law degree with honors from the University of Chicago.







Governor Ducey Appoints D. Steven Williams To The Arizona Court Of Appeals


11/5/19

PHOENIX — Governor Doug Ducey today announced the appointment of Judge D. Steven Williams to the Arizona Court of Appeals, Division I.

Since 2016, Judge Williams has served as a Judge Pro Tempore for the Apache County Superior Court, where he presides over civil, family, probate, guardianship and mental health cases, as well as appeals from limited jurisdiction courts. Since 2018, Judge Williams has also served as the Presiding Judge for the Eagar Magistrate Court, where he handles criminal, traffic and municipal code violations. In 2017, Governor Ducey appointed Judge Williams to the Arizona Criminal Justice Commission.

In addition, Judge Williams has served on the Navajo County Board of Supervisors since 2015. He represents the citizens of District IV, which consists of the communities of Show Low, Linden, Pinedale, Clay Springs, Heber-Overgaard and a portion of Pinetop-Lakeside. In 2018, he served as the Chairman of the Navajo County Board of Supervisors after having been elected to that position unanimously by his fellow Board members.

Prior to his current service on the bench and as a community leader, Judge Williams worked in the private sector, primarily handling criminal and juvenile cases. He began his legal career at the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office in 2005.

Judge Williams is also very active in the community. In 2013, he co-founded the Annual Show Low Community Fast, which raises money to assist individuals and families in need. Additionally, Judge Williams serves his community as a local leader in his church, coaching youth soccer and wrestling, and has previously served as a volunteer leader in the Boy Scouts of America, earning the rank of Eagle Scout as a youth.

“Judge Williams is a respected judicial officer and leader in his community, who has served his community well,” said Governor Ducey. “I am pleased to appoint Judge Williams to the Arizona Court of Appeals.”

Judge Williams attended the U.S. Naval Academy Preparatory School, while serving active duty in the Naval Reserves, before being honorably discharged. Judge Williams graduated cum laude from Arizona State University with a Bachelor of Science in Justice Studies, and a Minor in Communications, and was a member of the men’s wrestling team. He then obtained his law degree from the Arizona State University College of Law.

This appointment was made to fill the vacancy created by the unexpected passing of Judge Jon W. Thompson.

Due to prescriptions outlined in A.R.S. § 12-120.02, eligible applicants for this vacancy were restricted to residents of Apache, Coconino, La Paz, Mohave, Navajo, Yavapai or Yuma County.







Governor Ducey Appoints Cassie Bray Woo and John Blanchard To The Maricopa County Superior Court


October 17, 2019

PHOENIX – Governor Doug Ducey today announced the appointments of Cassie Bray Woo and John Blanchard to the Maricopa County Superior Court. These appointments are to fill vacancies due to the retirements of Judges Janet E. Barton and Cari A. Harrison.

Cassie Bray Woo has been with the United States Attorney’s Office since 2008, where she currently serves as Section Chief of the General Crimes Section. She has prosecuted a wide variety of federal crimes, including immigration, drug trafficking and violent crimes. She also served as the primary prosecutor for airport and airplane-related crimes in collaboration with the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Joint Terrorism Task Force. As part of her supervisory responsibilities, she regularly provides training to new attorneys and law enforcement regarding legal issues.

Prior to joining the United States Attorney’s Office, Cassie worked for the Arizona Attorney General’s Office in the Criminal Appeals Section. After law school, she clerked for the Honorable Frederick J. Martone, first when he served on the Arizona Supreme Court and then when he was appointed to the United States District Court, District of Arizona.

Cassie has been a member of the All Saints Episcopal Day School Parents’ Association since 2011. She is also a member of the Arizona Women Lawyers Association, State Bar of Arizona’s Appellate Section and Federal Bar Association.

“Cassie’s extensive courtroom experience and service to the public will make her a great addition to the bench,” said Governor Ducey. “I am pleased to appoint Cassie to the Maricopa County Superior Court.”

Cassie received her Bachelor of Arts degree summa cum laude in Political Science, with a minor in Communications, from Loyola University Chicago. She then received her law degree from the University of Arizona College of Law.

John Blanchard is a partner at Osborn Maledon, where he primarily practices in the areas of civil and employment litigation. He also counsels clients in employment and contract issues and regularly litigates trade secret and data security disputes. In addition, John has served as a Judge Pro Tem for the Maricopa County Superior Court and is a Fee Arbitrator for the Arizona State Bar.

Prior to joining Osborn Maledon, John was an associate at Brown & Bain (now Perkins Coie). After law school, he clerked for Judge William C. Canby, Jr. on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

John volunteered for Bet Tzedek, which assists victims of the Holocaust with applications to the German government for reparations. In 2014, he was appointed by the State Bar of Arizona to serve on the Appointments Committee and the Fee Arbitration Advisory Group. He also regularly handles pro bono cases through the Volunteer Lawyers Program and Community Legal Services. He is listed in The Best Lawyers in America for Commercial Litigation and Litigation-Labor and Employment.

“John’s civil litigation experience and understanding of the business community will serve him well on the bench,” said Governor Ducey. “I am delighted to appoint John to the Maricopa County Superior Court.”

John graduated from the University of Arizona with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English, Creative Writing, with minors in Philosophy and Anthropology. He then received his law degree from the Arizona State University College of Law, where he served as Editor-in-Chief for the Arizona State Law Journal.

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