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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.


GOVERNOR DOUG DUCEY ANNOUNCES JUDICIAL VACANCY IN YAVAPAI COUNTY
April 18, 2017

PHOENIX—Governor Doug Ducey today announced he has begun accepting applications for a vacant judicial position on the Yavapai County Superior Court. The vacancy was created by the retirement of Judge Jennifer Campbell.

Applications will be accepted until 5:00 P.M. on Monday, May 15, 2017. A copy of the application and instructions for applying can be downloaded at www.bc.azgovernor.gov.

Applicants shall be at least 30 years and less than 65 years of age, of good moral character, admitted to the practice of law in Arizona, a resident of Arizona for five years prior to taking office, and a resident of Yavapai County for at least one year prior to taking office.


 

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.


TEMPE MUNICIPAL COURT

ON-CALL JUDGE PRO TEM

April 5, 2017


The Tempe Municipal Court is seeking on-call Judges Pro Tem to serve in the absence of regular Municipal Court Judges, including weekends and holidays. Applications will be accepted through April 21, 2017, 5 p.m. The position announcement, including application form and instructions, is available through the Tempe Municipal Court website www.tempe.gov/court.



SIX APPLICANTS BEING CONSIDERED FOR ARIZONA COURT OF APPEALS,
 DIVISION TWO
April 3, 2017

 

The public is asked for comments on six applicants for an opening on Division II of the Arizona Court of Appeals created by the retirement of Judge Joseph W. Howard. AWLA members are in BLUE.

 

The applicants are:

 

·Laura A. Cardinal

·Jason R. Holmberg

·Karl C. Eppich

·Christopher J. O’Neil

·Gary W. Griffith

·Timothy M. Wright

 

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 May 1, 2017. The meeting will be held at the Sheraton Tucson Hotel and Suites, 5151 E. Grant Road, Tucson, AZ 85712.  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 April 25th to be considered.  Anonymous comments cannot be considered.

 

At the May 1st meeting, the commission will decide which applicants will be interviewed for the opening. The selected applicants will be interviewed on May 30th. 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 VACANCY

March 9, 2017

The Pima County Commission on Trial Court Appointments is asking for public input on eight candidates for a vacancy on the Pima County Superior Court created by the retirement of Judge K.C. Stanford. AWLA members are in BLUE.

 

The candidates are:

 

Renee T. Bennett

Justin D. Castillo

Vincent J. Frey

Baird S. Greene

Kellie L. Johnson

Nannette C. Morrow

Angela W. Woolridge

Wayne E. Yehling

 

Citizens may address the Commission about any of the candidates at a hearing being held at 8:00 a.m. on April 20, 2017 at the Sheraton Tucson Hotel & Suites, 5151 E. Grant Road, Tucson, AZ. Public comment will not be accepted after the 8:00 a.m. hearing. Candidate interviews will follow the public comment period and the interviews are open to the public. 

 

Written comments about the candidates can be sent to the Pima County Nominating Commission at 1501 West Washington, Suite 221, Phoenix, AZ, 85007 or by email to jnc@courts.az.gov. Visit our website, https://www.azcourts.gov/jnc, to review new rules for submitting comments. Written comments must arrive by April 14, 2017 to be considered.  Anonymous comments cannot be considered.

 

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

 

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.


APPLICATIONS BEING ACCEPTED FOR A VACANCY ON THE PIMA COUNTY SUPERIOR COURT
February 3, 2017

Applications are being accepted for a vacancy on the Superior Court in Pima County, created by the retirement of Judge K.C. Stanford.

The Pima 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, admitted to the practice of law in Arizona, as well as a resident of Arizona, for the past five years and a resident of Pima County for the past year.

Applicants for the recent vacancy in Pima County MUST reapply to be considered for the new vacancy.

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 March 3, 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 Pima 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.


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.


MARICOPA COUNTY SUPERIOR COURT JUDICIAL NOMINEES ANNOUNCED

January 6, 2017

The Maricopa County Commission on Trial Court Appointments has recommended 11 candidates to Governor Doug Ducey for two openings on the Maricopa County Superior Court. AWLA members are in BLUE.

Nominees for the openings created by appointment of Judges Paul J. McMurdie and James P. Beene to Division One of the Arizona Court of Appeals are:

  • Justin M. Beresky, Democrat, of Phoenix, Commissioner with the Maricopa County Superior Court.
  • Frank J. Conti, Jr., Republican, of Phoenix, Justice of the Peace at Dreamy Draw Justice Court.
  • Marvin L. Davis, Democrat, of Queen Creek, Sole Practitioner at The Law Offices of Marvin L. Davis, PLLC.
  • Kimberly A. Demarchi, Democrat, of Phoenix, a Partner at Lewis, Roca, Rothgerber, LLP.
  • Adam D. Driggs, Republican, of Phoenix, Sole Practitioner at Driggs Law Group, PLLC.
  • Ronda R. Fisk, Independent, of Phoenix, a Member at Osborn Maledon, P.A.
  • Michael Mandell, Independent, of Tempe, Commissioner with the Maricopa County Superior Court.
  • Andrew J. Russell, Independent, of Phoenix, Commissioner with the Maricopa County Superior Court.
  • Annielaurie Van Wie, Independent, of Phoenix, Commissioner with the Maricopa County Superior Court.
  • Lisa A. VandenBerg, Democrat, of Phoenix, Commissioner with the Maricopa County Superior Court.
  • Tracey J. Westerhausen, Democrat, of Phoenix, a Partner at Debus, Kazan & Westerhausen, Ltd.

Governor Ducey will make the appointments.

JUDGE JAMES BEENE APPOINTED TO THE AZ COURT OF APPEALS

December 16, 2017

Governor Doug Ducey today announced the appointment of Maricopa County Superior Court Judge James Beene to the Arizona Court of Appeals, Division One.

Judge Beene has served on the Maricopa County Superior Court since 2009, where he has presided over criminal, family, and juvenile cases.   

Prior to his trial court appointment, Judge Beene worked as Appeals and Extraditions Bureau Chief at the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office.  He also worked in the appellate section of the Arizona Attorney General’s Office, served as Chief Counsel of Arizona’s Residential Utility Consumer’s Office, and worked for the Arizona State Senate, as a legislative analyst for the Government Reform Committee.

Judge Beene has served on the Juvenile Justice Commission, as well as the Arizona State Bar’s Criminal Jury Instructions Committee and Committee on Criminal Practice and Procedure.  He has volunteered countless hours with local non-profit organizations seeking to increase the number of foster families in Arizona.  Judge Beene has received the Champions for Children Award from the Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) program, the Law Angel Award from the Arizona Attorney General’s Office, and the Angel in Adoption Award from the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute.

“Judge Beene has a strong and proven judicial record and has provided tremendous service to the citizens of Arizona at multiple levels of government,” said Governor Ducey. “His breadth of experience in civil, criminal, family, and juvenile law will make him a valuable asset to the Court of Appeals. I am pleased to appoint Judge Beene to the Arizona Court of Appeals.”

Judge Beene graduated from the University of California at Santa Barbara in 1988 with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. He received his law degree from the University of Arizona College of Law in 1991.

This appointment was made to fill the vacancy created by the retirement of the Honorable Maurice Portley.


TWO NEW APPOINTMENTS TO THE ARIZONA SUPREME COURT

November 28, 2016

 

Governor Doug Ducey today announced the appointment of Arizona Court of Appeals Judge Andrew W. Gould and Arizona Solicitor General John R. Lopez, IV to the Supreme Court of Arizona.

 

Andrew Gould has been a Judge on the Arizona Court of Appeals, Division One, since 2012.  Previously, he was a Yuma County Superior Court Judge for 10 years.  He also served as Presiding Judge of the Yuma County Superior Court. 

 

Before joining the bench, Judge Gould was a Deputy County Attorney and Chief Civil Deputy for the Yuma County Attorney’s Office, and a Deputy County Attorney for the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office.  He also practiced commercial litigation with the law firms of Snell & Wilmer, Gallagher & Kennedy, and Kern & Wooley.

 

Judge Gould continues to serve today as a Judge Pro Tempore for the Yuma County Superior Court.  He has also served as President, Treasurer, and Rural Representative of the Arizona Judges Association.

 

“Judge Gould has spent his career as a dedicated advocate for the people of Yuma and the people of Arizona,” said Governor Ducey. “He has a strong record as a public servant, private practitioner, trial court judge, and appellate court judge.  These experiences make him exceptionally qualified for this position.  I am pleased to appoint Judge Andrew Gould to the Supreme Court of Arizona.”

 

Judge Gould graduated from the University of Montana with Highest Honors in 1986.  He received his law degree from the Northwestern University School of Law in 1990.

 

Mr. Lopez is Solicitor General for the state of Arizona, in the Office of Attorney General Mark Brnovich.  In this role, Mr. Lopez represents the State of Arizona in civil lawsuits and appeals, and in criminal appeals, including capital cases.

 

Previously, Mr. Lopez worked in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for over 12 years, where he served in various roles, including as Executive Assistant U.S. Attorney, Chief Assistant of the Phoenix office, Chief of Financial Crimes and Public Integrity Section, and Deputy Appellate Chief.  Before joining the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Mr. Lopez practiced at Bryan Cave and clerked for Justice Charles Jones of the Arizona Supreme Court.

 

Mr. Lopez served for six months in Iraq as a legal advisor with the Regime Crimes Liaison Office, the Department of Justice-led group tasked with assisting the Iraqi government with the prosecution of Saddam Hussein and his top officials for war crimes and crimes against humanity.

 

“John is a widely-respected legal mind with a reputation for high integrity,” said Governor Ducey. “From serving as Solicitor General to advising the prosecution of Saddam Hussein and his top officials in Iraq, John’s extensive legal experience and commitment to justice will make him a valuable asset on the State’s highest court.  I am pleased to appoint John Lopez to the Supreme Court of Arizona.”

 

Mr. Lopez graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 1992. In 1998, he graduated cum laude from Arizona State University College of Law, where he was Articles Editor for the Arizona State Law Journal.

 

These appointments were made to fill two vacancies created by the expansion of the Supreme Court of Arizona.


 

JUDICIAL NOMINEES ANNOUNCED FOR MARICOPA COUNTY SUPERIOR COURT
October 21, 2016

 

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

 

Nominees for the opening created by the retirement of Judge Kristin C. Hoffman are:

  • Kimberly A. Demarchi, 41, Democrat, of Phoenix, a Partner at Lewis, Roca, Rothgerber, LLP.
  • Ronda R. Fisk, 44, Independent, of Phoenix, a Member at Osborn Maledon, P.A.
  • Scott S. Minder, 42, Republican, of Phoenix, Counsel at Perkins Coie.
  • Keith R. Nelson, 41, Republican, of Gilbert, Attorney/Partner at Riggs Ellsworth & Porter, PLC.
  • Andrew J. Russell, 52, Independent, of Phoenix, Commissioner with the Maricopa County Superior Court.
  • Annielaurie Van Wie, 45, Independent, of Phoenix, Commissioner with the Maricopa County Superior Court.
  •  Lisa A. VandenBerg, 43, Democrat, of Tolleson, Commissioner with the Maricopa County Superior Court.
  • Tracey J. Westerhausen, 58, Democrat, of Phoenix, a Partner at Debus, Kazan & Westerhausen, Ltd.

 

Governor Ducey will make the appointment.


NOMINEES FOR ARIZONA COURT OF APPEALS ANNOUNCED

October 17, 2016

 

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

 

The nominees for the opening created by the retirement of Judge Maurice Portley are:

 

James P. Beene, Republican, a Judge for Maricopa County Superior Court

Cassie E. Bray Woo, Democrat, Deputy Chief and Assistant U.S. Attorney at the U. S. Attorney’s Office, District of Arizona

Timothy R. Hyland, Democrat, Senior Member at The Cavanagh Law Firm

James B. Morse, Jr., Republican, Section Chief at the U.S. Attorney’s Office, District of Arizona

Jennifer M. Perkins, Republican, Assistant Solicitor General at the Arizona Attorney General’s Office

Pamela B. Petersen, Republican, Director of Litigation at TASER International, Inc.

Timothy J. Thomason, Republican, a Judge for Maricopa County Superior Court

Randall H. Warner, Democrat, a Judge for Maricopa County Superior Court

David D. Weinzweig, Independent, Senior Litigation Counsel at the Arizona Attorney General’s Office

 

Governor Ducey will appoint the new judge.