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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.



APPLICATIONS BEING ACCEPTED FOR A VACANCY ON THE PINAL COUNTY SUPERIOR COURT
July 30, 2017

Applications are being accepted 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 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 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, 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 attachmentsmust 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 28, 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 Pinal County Commission on Trial Court Appointments are open to the public.  Meeting dates will be announced.

 

The new judge will be paid $147,175 annually.

 


PUBLIC ASKED FOR INPUT ON CANDIDATES FOR MARICOPASUPERIOR COURT VACANCY

July 25, 2017

The Maricopa County Commission on Trial Court Appointments is seeking public input on 12 candidates for an opening on the Maricopa County Superior Court. AWLA members are in BLUE.

 

The candidates are:

 

Sara J. Agne

Russell B. Richelsoph

Justin M. Beresky

Andrew J. Russell

Wendy L. Coy

Suzanne Scheiner Marwil

Michael S. Mandell

Annielaurie Van Wie

Julie A. Mata

Lisa A. VandenBerg

Keith R. Nelson

Tracey J. Westerhausen

 

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 August 23, 2017. The meeting will be held in room 119 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 August 18th 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.





19 APPLICANTS BEING CONSIDERED FOR ARIZONA COURT OF APPEALS, DIVISION ONE

July 3, 2017

The public is asked for comments on 19 applicants for an opening on Division One of the Arizona Court of Appeals created by the retirement of Judge Donn Kessler. AWLA members are in BLUE.

 

The applicants are:

 

Melinda A. Bird

James B. Morse, Jr.

Cassie E. Bray Woo

Jennifer M. Perkins

Jay Calhoun

Jay M. Polk

Theresa Dwyer

Patricia A. Sallen

David B. Gass

Patricia A. Starr

Thomas A. Gilson

Timothy J. Thomason

Adele Grignon Ponce

Randall H. Warner

Timothy R. Hyland

Janet S. Weinstein

Michael Kielsky

David D. Weinzweig

Joseph P. Mikitish

 

 

Their applications can be viewed online at http://www.azcourts.gov/jnc.

 

The Commission on Appellate Court Appointments will review the applications and hear comments at a public meeting on July 18, 2017. 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 that day or send written comments to 1501 W. Washington, Suite 221, Phoenix, AZ, 85007 or to jnc@courts.az.gov.  Comments must be received by July 13th to be considered.  Anonymous comments cannot be considered.

 

At the July 18th meeting, the commission will decide which applicants will be interviewed for the opening. The selected applicants will be interviewed on August 17, 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.

 

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


PIMA COUNTY SUPERIOR COURT JUDICIAL NOMINEES ANNOUNCED

April 21, 2017

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

Nominees for the opening created by the retirement of Judge K.C. Stanford are:

Renee T. Bennett, Republican, Volunteer with Tucson Charities including, Southern Arizona Greyhound Adoption, Keeling Elementary School and other groups.

Baird S. Greene, Democrat, Tucson City Prosecutor with the Tucson City Attorney’s Office.

Kellie L. Johnson, Democrat, Chief Criminal Deputy with the Pima County Attorney’s Office.

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 appointment.


 

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.

 

NOMINEES FOR ARIZONA COURT OF APPEALS DIVISION ONE ANNOUNCED

February 21, 2017

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

The nominees for the openings created by the retirement of Judge Patricia A. Orozco and the appointment of Judge Andrew W. Gould to the Arizona Supreme Court are: 

Jennifer B. Campbell, Republican, a Judge for Yavapai County Superior Court

Maria Elena Cruz, Democrat, a Judge for Yuma County Superior Court

Mark R. Moran, Democrat, a Judge for Coconino County Superior Court

Kenneth E. Moyer, Republican, Sole practitioner of the Law Office of Kenneth E. Moyer, PLLC

Rick A. Williams, Republican, a Judge for Mohave County Superior Court

Governor Ducey will appoint the new judges. 

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



PIMA COUNTY SUPERIOR COURT JUDICIAL NOMINEES ANNOUNCED
January 13, 2017

 

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

 

Nominees for the opening created by the retirement of Judge Carmine Cornelio are:

 

  • Vincent J. Frey, Democrat, Felony Trial Supervisor with the Pima County Legal Defender’s Office.
  • Kellie L. Johnson, Democrat, Chief Criminal Deputy with the Pima County Attorney’s Office.
  • Nanette C. Morrow, Republican, Assistant Attorney General with the Arizona Attorney General’s Office.
  • D. Greg Sakall, Republican, Staff Attorney with Goldberg and Osborne.
  • Wayne E. Yehling, Democrat, Commissioner with the Pima County Superior Court.

 

Governor Ducey will make the appointment.