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JUDICIAL ANNOUNCEMENTS

Paige A Martin  | Published on Monday, January 16, 2017



NOMINEES FOR ARIZONA COURT OF APPEALS ANNOUNCED

December 5, 2017

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

 

The nominees for the opening created by the retirement of Judge Margaret H. Downie are:

 

David B. Gass, Democrat, a Judge at the Superior Court in Maricopa County.

Jay M. Polk, Republican, a Judge at the Superior Court in Maricopa County.

Adele G. Ponce, Republican, Assistant Attorney General at the Office of the Arizona Attorney General.

Patricia A. Starr, Independent, a Judge at the Superior Court in Maricopa County.

Timothy J. Thomason, Republican, a Judge at the Superior Court in Maricopa County.

Randall H. Warner, Democrat, a Judge at the Superior Court in Maricopa County.

David D. Weinzweig, Independent, Partner at Ellman Weinzweig, LLC.

 

Governor Ducey 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 SUPERIOR COURT VACANCIES

NOVEMBER 29, 2017

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

 

The candidates are:

 

  • Sara J. Agne
  • Justin M. Beresky
  • Wendy L. Coy
  • Brooke A. Gaunt
  • David N. Horowitz
  • Joseph S. Kiefer
  • Margaret B. LaBianca
  • Julie A. Mata
  • Andrew J. Russell
  • Suzanne Scheiner Marwil
  • Aryeh D. Schwartz
  • Annielaurie Van Wie
  • Lisa A. VandenBerg
  • Kevin B. Wein
  • Tracey J. Westerhausen

 

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

 

The Commission will meet to interview the candidates on December 20, 2017. The meeting will be held in room 345 of the Arizona State Courts Building, 1501 W. Washington, Phoenix, AZ 85007, starting at 8:30 a.m. The interview agenda will be posted on the Commission’s website at least 7 days prior to the meeting.

 

Citizens may address the Commission on the day of the meeting or send written comments to jnc@courts.az.govor 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 December 15th 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 SUPERIOR COURT APPLICANTS

November 14, 2017

The public is invited to comment on 27 applicants for two vacancies on the Superior Court in Maricopa County created by the retirement of Judges William L. Brotherton, Jr. and Alfred M. Fenzel. 

The applicants are:

Sara J. Agne

Justin M. Beresky

Scott A. Blaney

Evan D. Bolick

Trent R. Buckallew

Jay Calhoun

Kathleen N. Carey

Jessica M. Cotter

Wendy L. Coy

John R. Doody, Jr.

Brooke A. Gaunt

Michael E. Gottfried

David N. Horowitz

Joseph S. Kiefer

Michael Kielsky

Margaret B. LaBianca

Julie A. Mata

Keith R. Nelson

Russell B. Richelsoph

Andrew J. Russell

Suzanne Scheiner Marwil

Aryeh D. Schwartz

Adam Susser

Annielaurie Van Wie

Lisa A. VandenBerg

Kevin B. Wein

Tracey J. Westerhausen

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 November 29, 2017.  The meeting will be in Room 345 of the State Courts Building, 1501 W. Washington. The 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 November 27th to be considered.  Anonymous comments cannot be considered.

At the November 29th meeting, the Commission will choose the applicants to be interviewed.  The selected applicants will be interviewed on December 20, 2017. After the interviews, the Commission will recommend at least three nominees for each opening to Governor Doug Ducey, who will appoint the new judges.


PINAL COUNTY SUPERIOR COURT JUDICIAL NOMINEES ANNOUNCED

OCTOBER 20, 2017

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

Nominees for the opening created by the appointment of Judge Karl C. Eppich to Division Two of the Arizona Court of Appeals are:

Barbara A. Hazel, Republican, Deputy Public Defender with the Pinal County Public Defender’s Office.

DeLana Jacobs Fuller, Democrat, Commissioner with the Superior Court in Pinal County.

Christopher J. O’Neil, Republican, Presiding Judge of the Casa Grande Municipal Court.

Megan K. Weagant, Independent, Commissioner with the Superior Court in Pinal County.

Lawrence M. Wharton, Republican, Commissioner with the Superior Court in Pinal County.

Governor Ducey will make the appointment.

GOVERNOR DUCEY APPOINTS MICHAEL MANDELL TO THE MARICOPA COUNTY SUPERIOR COURT
OCTOBER 19, 2017

PHOENIX— Governor Doug Ducey today announced the appointment of Michael Mandell as a Judge on the Maricopa County Superior Court.

Michael has served as a Commissioner for the Maricopa County Superior Court since 2013. He has presided over family court and civil calendars and also served as the Presiding Family Court Commissioner. 

Michael started his law career as a law clerk for Arizona Court of Appeals Judge Noel Fidel and has extensive legal experience, including complex commercial litigation, constitutional law, election law, and business transactions. He practiced at the Phoenix law firms of Perkins Coie Brown & Bain and Burch & Cracchiolo prior to his appointment as a court commissioner. Michael also worked as legal counsel for the minority caucus in the Arizona House of Representatives and the Arizona State Senate. Michael’s responsibilities as a legislative staffer included legislative drafting, statutory interpretation and constitutional analysis.

Michael graduatedsumma cum laudefrom Arizona State University in 1991 with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and he graduatedcum laudeand Order of the Coif from Arizona State University College of Law in 1998.

“Michael’s breadth of experience in the legal profession makes him well-qualified for the bench,” said Governor Ducey. “I am pleased to appoint Michael Mandell to the Maricopa County Superior Court.”

This appointment was made to fill the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Edward Bassett.


 

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

OCTOBER 16, 2017

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

 

The candidates are:

 

Sara J. Agne

Justin M. Beresky

Scott A. Blaney

Evan D. Bolick

Wendy L. Coy

David N. Horowitz

Joseph S. Kiefer

Margaret B. LaBianca

Julie A. Mata

Suzanne Scheiner Marwil

Aryeh D. Schwartz

Annielaurie Van Wie

Lisa A. VandenBerg

Kevin B. Wein

Tracey J. Westerhausen

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 



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

September 29, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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


PIMA COUNTY SUPERIOR COURT JUDICIAL NOMINEES ANNOUNCED

August 21, 2017

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

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

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

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

Governor Ducey will make the appointments.


GOVERNOR DUCEY APPOINTS JOHN NAPPER TO THE YAVAPAI COUNTY SUPERIOR COURT

Aug 8, 2017

PHOENIX
— Governor Doug Ducey today announced the appointment of John D. Napper to the Yavapai County Superior Court.

 

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 graduatedcum laudefrom John Marshall Law School, where he was a member of theJohn Marshall Law Reviewand was a quarterfinalist 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.

 

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.



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.



TWO 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.





 

 

  


 


 

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