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JUDICIAL NOMINEES ANNOUNCED FOR THREE OPENINGS ON THE SUPERIOR COURT IN MARICOPA COUNTY

February 28, 2020

The Maricopa County Commission on Trial Court Appointments has recommended 13 candidates to Governor Doug Ducey for three openings on the Superior Court in Maricopa County. AWLA MEMBERS are in BLUE.

Nominees for the openings created by the retirement of Judge Karen O’Connor and the resignation of Judges Erin O’Brien Otis and Jose S. Padilla are:

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

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.

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

Marvin L. Davis, Democrat, of Chandler, 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.

Suzanne M. Nicholls, Republican, of Gilbert, Deputy Public Advocate for the Maricopa County Office of the Public Advocate.

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

Michael Z. Rassas, Republican, of Phoenix, Assistant Attorney General at the Arizona Attorney General’s Office.

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.

Governor Ducey will make the appointments.




Public Asked for Input on Candidates for Arizona Court of Appeals


February 25, 2020

The Commission on Appellate Court Appointments is asking for public comment on 11 candidates for an opening on Division One of the Arizona Court of Appeals. AWLA MEMBERS are in BLUE.
 
The candidates are:
 
• Cynthia J. Bailey • Michael Kielsky
• Michael S. Catlett • Daniel J. Kiley
• Ann B. Ching • Joseph P. Mikitish
• Christopher A. Coury • Sigmund G. Popko
• Michael E. Gottfried • Joshua D.  Rogers
• Andrew M. Jacobs
 
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 March 12, 2020. 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 March 9th 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 One of the Court of Appeals hears cases arising in Apache, Coconino, La Paz, Maricopa, Mohave, Navajo, Yavapai and Yuma counties.




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



October 5, 2019

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 AWLA Member 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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