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Applications Being Accepted for a Vacancy on the Pima County Superior Court


October 7, 2019

Applications are being accepted for a vacancy on the Superior Court in Pima County, created by the retirement of Judge Charles V. Harrington.

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 November 7, 2019.

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.





CITY COURT OF TUCSON
MAGISTRATE POSITION VACANCY



October 1, 2019

SALARY: $112,070 Annually / Appointed

Tucson City Court has one vacancy for a City Magistrate. The successful candidate will be appointed for a term from date of appointment for a period of four (4) years.

The City Magistrate Merit Selection Commission will make a recommendation to the Mayor and Council. 

Applicants must be:
1) Of good moral character, and
2) A resident of Arizona for one year immediately preceding recommendation, and 
3) Admitted to the practice of law in Arizona for five years immediately preceding recommendation.

Applicants should also be familiar with Supreme Court of Arizona Administrative Orders. Persons seeking appointment shall, as part of the appointment application process, furnish a full set of fingerprints to the City.

“Questionnaire for Candidates for Judicial Office” can be obtained at the City Clerk’s Office, 9th Floor, City Hall, 255 W. Alameda St., or by emailing cityclerk@tucsonaz.gov.

Send completed questionnaire to the 

City Magistrate Merit Selection Commission, 
c/o City Clerk, 
P. O. Box 27210, 
Tucson, Arizona, 85726-7210.

Questionnaires will not be accepted after 5:00 p.m. on Friday, November 8, 2019.
The City of Tucson is an Equal Opportunity Employer. 

For more information, call the City Clerk’s Office at (520) 791-4213.




Applications Being Accepted for a Vacancy on the Maricopa County Superior Court

September 23, 2019

Applications are being accepted for a vacancy on the Superior Court in Maricopa County created by the appointment of Judge David B. Gass to Division One of the Arizona Court of Appeals.

The Maricopa 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, and a resident of Arizona for the past five years, and a resident of Maricopa 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 October 18, 2019.

Applicants for the recent vacancies in Maricopa County DO NOT need to 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 Maricopa 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.




Governor Ducey Appoints AWLA MEMBER David Gass To The Arizona Court of Appeals


September 13, 2019

PHOENIX —Governor Doug Ducey today announced the appointment of Judge David Gass to the Arizona Court of Appeals, Division I.

Judge Gass began his career in private practice at Lewis & Roca, LLP, where he practiced primarily in the areas of tort, commercial, and insurance litigation. Before joining the law firm, he clerked for then Arizona Court of Appeals Judge Ruth McGregor.

Judge Gass is a dedicated public servant, serving in all three branches of Arizona government. He was an Assistant Attorney General and Director of Legislative Affairs with the Arizona Attorney General’s Office, counsel to the Democratic Caucus of the Arizona House of Representatives and currently serves on the Maricopa County Superior Court where he has been for the past 10 years after his appointment by Governor Napolitano. At the court, Judge Gass has served on the juvenile, civil, criminal, and family benches.

In addition to public employment, Judge Gass has served the legal community through his involvement with Veterans’ Stand Down, Law Day, and National Adoption Day. In 2018, Judge Gass was named the Outstanding Ambassador of the Judges of Arizona by the Arizona Judges Association and the Maricopa County Judicial Officer of the Year by Arizona State University College of Law. In 2014, he received the Michael D. Ryan Award for Judicial Excellence from the State Bar Public Lawyers Section.

“Judge Gass is one of the more impressive candidates I’ve met for the bench,” said Governor Ducey. “His understanding of the law, his appreciation for the separation of powers, his view of the role of a judge and of the court, and his ability to communicate his judicial philosophy to citizens and leaders will serve our state well on the Court of Appeals. Judge Gass’s broad support in the community speaks to the respect he has earned across the aisle and across the state, without regard for party affiliation. I am pleased to appoint Judge Gass to the Arizona Court of Appeals.”

Besides his work in the legal community, Judge Gass is actively engaged with the community by volunteering with Arizona Anytown Leadership Camp, Arizona Town Hall, and the Arizona Supreme Court’s Commission on Minorities. He has served on the Glendale City Court Appointment Commission, Phoenix Ethics Review Ad Hoc Task Force, Community Legal Services, and Board of Directors for Garfield Neighborhood Organization.

Judge Gass graduated from Bloomsburg University in 1984 with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and received a Master of Arts in Communication Studies there in 1985. In 1994, David graduated from Arizona State University College of Law magna cum laude and Order of the Coif.

This appointment was made to fill the vacancy created by the appointment of Justice James P. Beene to the Arizona Supreme Court.



NOMINEES FOR ARIZONA COURT OF APPEALS ANNOUNCED


September 13, 2019 

The Commission on Appellate Court Appointments has recommended four nominees to Governor Doug Ducey for an opening on Division One of the Arizona Court of Appeals.  The names of AWLA Members are in blue.

The nominees for the opening created by the unexpected passing of Judge Jon W. Thompson are:

Veronika Fabian, Independent, a Partner at Choi & Fabian, PLC.

Joseph P. Goldstein, Republican, a Commissioner at the Superior Court in Yavapai County.

William P. Ring, Democrat, Coconino County Attorney

D. Steven Williams, Republican, a Judge ProTem at the Superior Court in Apache County and a Member of the Navajo County Board of Supervisors.

Governor Ducey will appoint the new judge. To provide comments to the Governor's Office on a nominee, click   HERE  To view candidates' applications, click HERE

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 BILL MONTGOMERY
TO THE ARIZONA SUPREME COURT


September 4, 2019

Governor Doug Ducey today announced the appointment of Bill Montgomery to the Arizona Supreme Court. Bill has demonstrated a commitment to justice, fairness and the rule of law throughout his decades-long service to our state and nation.

"Bill Montgomery has dedicated his life to serving our state and our nation,” said Governor Ducey. “He's served with honor and integrity — whether it was rising through the ranks of the United States Army as a decorated Gulf War Veteran or successfully garnering the support of citizens in his bid for County Attorney in the fourth-most populous county in the nation. There, he cleaned up an office that was in disarray and mired in controversy.”

“Bill’s record, resume and extensive list of supporters speak to his qualifications and his broad support in the community. On the Court, Bill will be a strong defender of the Constitution and the rule of law. He will serve with honor and dedication, just as he has throughout his entire career. Finally, I want to thank Chief Justice Bales for his service to Arizona and the Court. He has served honorably and I wish him and his family all the best.”

Bill has served as the Maricopa County Attorney since 2010, where he oversees criminal, civil and appellate cases filed and defended by deputy county attorneys in his office. He provides daily direction and leadership to over 1,000 employees, including over 350 attorneys. Upon taking office, Bill implemented sweeping ethics training, personally administered the oath of office to new attorneys within the office to underscore the importance of the oath and the shared duty to uphold it, and expanded the authority of the office’s Ethics Committee. His tenure at the Maricopa County Attorney’s office is the most recent entry in a career dedicated to public service. 

A graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, Bill served six and a half years of active duty in the Army. Bill received his law degree from Arizona State University’s College of Law, graduating Magna Cum Laude and Order of the Coif. He served on the law journal as an associate articles editor. During that time he also served as a Truman R. Young Prosecution Fellow. 

Montgomery has volunteered countless hours assisting families in need and has taught as an Adjunct Faculty at ASU’s Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law. For his service to the public, Montgomery has been awarded the Town of Gilbert Mayoral Award for Community Service; the ChildHelp Founders Award; the Chicanos Por La Causa Champion for Children Honor; and the Si Se Puede Foundation Child Advocate of the Year Award. He also has been recognized by Latino America Primero for his work with the Latino community. 

In 2016, Montgomery served as co-chairman of the Governor’s Sex Assault Evidence Collection Kit Task Force, resulting in major investments to eliminate the backlog of untested rape kits. As a result of these efforts, in April 2019 the Maricopa County Attorney’s office announced they had identified and indicted 14 defendants, with 7 of them convicted and 7 others pending trial.

This appointment of Bill Montgomery fills the vacancy created by the retirement of Justice Scott Bales.

Download a photograph of Bill Montgomery 
HERE




 

MARICOPA SUPERIOR COURT JUDICIAL NOMINEES ANNOUNCED



August 21, 2019

 

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

 

Nominees for the openings created by the retirement of Judges Janet E. Barton and Cari A. Harrison are:

 

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

 

John L. Blanchard, Independent, of Phoenix, Member at Osborn Maledon, P.A.

 

Cassie E. Bray Woo, Democrat, of Phoenix, Deputy Chief Supervisor at the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

 

Robert I. Brooks, Republican, of Phoenix, Assistant United States Attorney at the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

 

Marvin L. Davis, Democrat, of Chandler, Commissioner with the Superior Court in Maricopa County.

 

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.

 

Suzanne M. Nicholls, Republican, of Gilbert, Deputy Public Advocate at 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.

 

Annielaurie Van Wie, Independent, of Phoenix, Commissioner with the Superior Court in Maricopa County.

 

Governor Ducey will make the appointments.  To submit comments to the Governor on a candidate, click HERE  To view candidates' applications, click  HERE  




GOVERNOR DUCEY APPOINTS AWLA MEMBER KRISTA CARMAN
TO THE YAVAPAI COUNTY SUPERIOR COURT



August 2, 2019

Governor Doug Ducey today announced the appointment of Krista Carman to the Yavapai County Superior Court. The vacancy on the Yavapai County Superior Court was created by the retirement of Judge Patricia Trebesch. Under the Arizona Constitution, judges of the Superior Court in counties with a population of less than 250,000 persons are elected by the voters. When a judge retires or resigns prior to a general election, the vacancy created by the retirement or resignation is filled by gubernatorial appointment until the next general election.

Krista is an experienced trial attorney who currently practices in the diverse areas of personal injury, employment, insurance coverage, probate, commercial litigation, medical malpractice and victim’s rights. She also serves as an appointed arbitrator for the Yavapai County Superior Court and volunteer fee arbitrator for the State Bar of Arizona. Before starting her own law firm, Krista was a partner with Warnock, MacKinlay & Carman.

Krista is the Vice President of the Arizona Association for Justice/Arizona Trial Lawyers Association. She has served on the State Bar of Arizona Civil Jury Instructions Committee and Supreme Court Committee on Civil Justice Reform. Governor Jan Brewer appointed her to the Commission on Appellate Court Appointments where she served from 2015 to 2018. She has received awards from the Arizona Women Lawyers Association, Yavapai County Bar Association and Prescott Area Young Professionals.

With a passion for children, Krista is very active in the Yavapai County community. She serves as President of the Prescott Unified School District Education Foundation. She is on the board of directors for the Community Pregnancy Center of Prescott. Additionally, she is the regional co-coordinator for the high school mock trial competition.

“Krista’s depth and breadth of practice, as well as her commitment to serving the community, make her well-equipped to serve the Yavapai County community,” said Governor Ducey. “I am pleased to appoint Krista to the Yavapai County Superior Court.”

Krista graduated from Northern Arizona University with degrees in Elementary Education and Special Education. She then graduated from Arizona State University College of Law.

 



 



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