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Candidate Interviews for Pima County Superior Court Vacancy

July 31, 2020

 

The Pima County Commission on Trial Court Appointments will interview nine candidates for an opening on the Superior Court in Pima County. AWLA MEMBERS are in Blue.

 

The candidates are:

 

    • Justin D. Castillo
    • Gary J. Cohen
    • Kimberly A. Harris Ortiz
    • Efthymios S. Katsarelis
    • Nanette C. A. Morrow
    • Victoria A. Otto
    • Laurie B. San Angelo
    • T. Ken Sanders
    • Jeffrey L. Sklar

 

The meeting agenda and the applications can be viewed online at the Commission’s website, http://azcourts.gov/jnc.

 

The Commission will interview the above-named candidates on August 6, 2020 at 8:30 a.m. Members of the public may view the meeting by selecting one of the following methods:

 

To attend the meeting using computer audio, click this Zoom link:

Passcode: 165427

 

To join audio-only via phone:

·         iPhone one-tap:

US: +12532158782, 91730392869#  or +13462487799, 91730392869#

 

·         Telephone:

+1 253 215 8782,  +1 346 248 7799,  +1 669 900 6833,  +1 301 715 8592  or

888 788 0099, or 833 548 0276 or 833 548 0282 or 877 853 5247 (Toll Free)

 

Meeting ID: 917 3039 2869

 

Candidates are not permitted to watch the meeting prior to their interviews, and members of the public are asked not to share questions with candidates.

 

Citizens who wish to address the Commission are strongly encouraged to submit all comments to jnc@courts.az.gov or to 1501 W. Washington, Suite 221, Phoenix, AZ 85007. All comments must be received no later than July 31, 2020 to be considered.  Anonymous comments cannot be considered. If you choose to speak at this meeting, you must send your information and the subject of your comments to Blanca Moreno, at bmoreno@courts.az.gov by 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, August 5, 2020.

 

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




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.




MARICOPA SUPERIOR COURT JUDICIAL NOMINEES ANNOUNCED

July 23, 2020

 

The Maricopa County Commission on Trial Court Appointments has recommended 14 candidates to Governor Doug Ducey for four opening on the Superior Court in Maricopa County. AWLA Members are in Blue.

 

Nominees for the openings 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 are:

 

·         Glenn A. Allen, Republican, of Phoenix, 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.

·         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.

·         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.

·         Julie A. LaFave, Democrat, of Tempe, 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.

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

 

Governor Ducey will make the appointments.




Public Asked for Input on Candidates for Pima County Superior Court Vacancy


July 20, 2020

 

The Pima County Commission on Trial Court Appointments is seeking public input on nine candidates for an opening on the Superior Court in Pima County. AWLA Members are in Blue.

 

The candidates are:

 

    • Justin D. Castillo
    • Gary J. Cohen
    • Kimberly A. Harris Ortiz
    • Efthymios S. Katsarelis
    • Nanette C. A. Morrow
    • Victoria A. Otto
    • Laurie B. San Angelo
    • T. Ken Sanders
    • Jeffrey L. Sklar

 

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

 

The Commission will interview the candidates on August 6, 2020 at 8:30 a.m. Information on how the public can access this meeting will be provided on the public meeting notice and on the meeting agenda. The notice and agenda will be posted on the Commission’s website at least seven (7) days prior to the meeting.

 

Public comment is accepted, however, citizens who wish to address the Commission are strongly encouraged to submit all comments to jnc@courts.az.gov or to 1501 W. Washington, Suite 221, Phoenix, AZ 85007. All comments must be received no later than July 31, 2020 to be considered.  Anonymous comments cannot be considered. If you choose to speak at this meeting, you must send your information and the subject of your comments to Blanca Moreno, at bmoreno@courts.az.gov by 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, August 5, 2020.

 

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




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.










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


June 11, 2020

Applications are being accepted for a vacancy on the Superior Court in Pima County, created by the appointment of Judge Scott H. Rash to the United States District Court, District of Arizona.

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

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

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 July 9, 2020.

Applicants for the previous vacancy in Pima 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 Pima 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.




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. AWLA MEMBERS ARE IN BLUE.

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.




 

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, AWLA MEMBER 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.
 
AWLA MEMBER 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.

 



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