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APPLICATIONS BEING ACCEPTED FOR VACANCY ON YUMA COUNTY SUPERIOR COURT
February 15, 2019

PHOENIX — Applications are being accepted for a vacancy on the Superior Court in Yuma County created by the retirement of Judge John Paul Plante on March 31, 2019.

The Office of the Governor will review applications and interview selected applicants for the vacancy, and Governor Doug Ducey will appoint the new judge pursuant to Article VI, Section 12 of the Arizona Constitution.

The judicial application form can be downloaded online at the Office of the Governor’s website: https://azgovernor.gov/judges.

Applicants must be at least 30 years of age and less than 65 years of age, of good moral character, admitted to the practice of law in Arizona, a resident of Arizona for the past five years, and a resident of Yuma County for the past year pursuant to Article VI, Sections 22 and 37 of the Arizona Constitution.

A signed original application with all attachments, and a searchable .pdf version of the application and attachments must be submitted to Anni Foster, General Counsel, Office of Governor Doug Ducey, Executive Tower, 1700 W. Washington St., Phoenix, AZ 85007, by 5:00 p.m. on Monday, March 11, 2019.
All interviews are open to the public. The interview date will be announced.



GOVERNOR DUCEY APPOINTS MELISSA IYER JULIAN, TRACEY WESTERHAUSEN, AND JOSEPH KIEFER TO THE MARICOPA COUNTY SUPERIOR COURT
February 15, 2018 AWLA  members in BLUE.  

PHOENIXGovernor Doug Ducey today announced the appointments of Melissa Iyer Julian, Tracey Westerhausen, and Joseph Kiefer to the Maricopa County Superior Court. These appointments are to fill vacancies due to the retirements of Judges Hugh E. Hegyi and David M. Talamante, and the appointment of Judge Susan M. Brnovich to the United States District Court for the District of Arizona.

Melissa Iyer Julian is a partner at Burch & Cracchiolo, P.A, where she primarily practices in the area of complex commercial litigation including at the appellate level. She is experienced in a wide variety of practice areas including real estate, personal injury, insurance defense, probate, employment, and family law – both as a plaintiff and defense attorney. Melissa has also done a considerable amount of work representing governmental entities. Additionally, she has been serving as a Judge Pro Tempore in the Maricopa County Superior Court since 2015.

Melissa serves the community by providing pro bono legal services to various individuals and organizations, including through the Arizona Domestic Violence Assistance Program and the State Bar Appellate Section. She also volunteers for the TGen Ambassador Program and Camelback High School Toastmasters.

“Melissa’s wide range of expertise will bring a unique and important insight to the courtroom,” said Governor Ducey. “I am pleased to appoint Melissa to the Maricopa County Superior Court.”

Melissa is a first generation American whose mother was born in Tamaulipas, Mexico and father was born in Madras, India. She graduated from Southwestern University with a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature. She then received her law degree cum laude from Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law.

Tracey Westerhausen practices criminal and juvenile law at Debus, Kazan & Westerhausen. She represents clients at both the trial and appellate court levels, as well as in post-conviction relief proceedings. Tracey also provides representation to victims of crimes to ensure that their rights are upheld in criminal proceedings. In addition to criminal and juvenile law, Tracey’s practice consists of personal injury, civil forfeiture, and administrative law matters. Prior to entering private practice, Tracey clerked for Judge Sarah D. Grant of the Arizona Court of Appeals, Division One.

Tracey served on two workgroups committed to helping victims of sexual abuse. These workgroups were comprised of judges, mental health care providers, prosecutors, and defense attorneys. Additionally, she serves on the Board of Directors for Liberty Wildlife, a non-profit foundation devoted to wildlife education and caring for injured wildlife.

“Tracey’s extensive experience in the courtroom will make her a valuable addition to the bench,” said Governor Ducey. “I am honored to appoint Tracey to the Maricopa County Superior Court.”

Tracey graduated from Arizona State University with a Bachelor of Arts in English. She then went on to earn her law degree from the Arizona State University College of Law.

Joseph Kiefer is a Deputy Maricopa County Attorney, as well as a military trial and appellate judge. As a military judge, he presided in over 70 cases and authored more than 25 appellate opinions. Prior to joining Maricopa County, Joe was a partner at Snell & Wilmer and an attorney with Steptoe & Johnson where he focused on civil matters. He also practiced in criminal, environmental, probate, and family law. Throughout his career, Joe has appeared in over 200 cases in federal and state courts, more than 40 of which went to a jury, and has tried more than 80 cases in military courts.

Joe served his country on active duty in the U.S. Air Force for 14 years and continues to serve as an Air Force Reserve Colonel with over 28 years of total military service. Joe was instrumental in the initial organization and development of the Veterans Court in Arizona, which has become an annual service event. He also works with the Arizona Youth Soccer Association Olympic Development Program, which develops players for U.S. National Teams.

“Joe’s courtroom experience and commitment to serve will make him an excellent addition to the bench,” said Governor Ducey. “I am delighted to appoint Joe to the Maricopa County Superior Court.”

Joe graduated from the United States Naval Academy with a Bachelor of Science in Economics and in Political Science. Joe then went on to earn his MBA from Chaminade University and his law degree from William & Mary.





PUBLIC ASKED FOR INPUT ON CANDIDATES FOR ARIZONA SUPREME COURT
February 7, 2019

 

The Commission on Appellate Court Appointments is asking for public comment on 11 candidates for an opening on the Arizona Supreme Court created by the retirement of Justice John Pelander.  AWLA  applicants in BLUE.  
 
The candidates are:
 
James P. Beene, an Arizona Court of Appeals Judge – Division I
Sean E. Brearcliffe, an Arizona Court of Appeals Judge – Division II
Kent E. Cattani, an Arizona Court of Appeals Judge – Division I
Maria Elena Cruz, an Arizona Court of Appeals Judge – Division I
David J. Euchner of the Pima County Public Defender’s Office
Richard E. Gordon, a Pima County Superior Court Judge
Andrew M. Jacobs of Snell & Wilmer, LLP
William G. Montgomery of the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office
Regina L. Nassen of the Pima County Attorney’s Office
Jennifer M. Perkins, an Arizona Court of Appeals Judge – Division I
Timothy M. Wright, a Gila County Superior Court Judge
 
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 1, 2019. The meeting will be held in room 101 of the Arizona State Courts Building, 1501 W. Washington.



GOVERNOR DUCEY APPOINTS TIMOTHY DICKERSON TO THE COCHISE COUNTY SUPERIOR COURT
February 7, 2019

 

Governor Doug Ducey today announced the appointment of Timothy Dickerson to the Cochise County Superior Court. The vacancy on the Cochise County Superior Court was created by the retirement of Judge Karl D. Elledge. 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.
 
Tim is currently a Justice of the Peace at Sierra Vista Justice & Municipal Court, a position he has held since 2003. During this time, he has served as Presiding Justice of the Peace for Cochise County and was awarded Justice of the Peace of the Year in 2014 by the Arizona Justice of the Peace Association.
 
In July 2015, Tim created Court Assisted Recovery (CARe) Court as an alternative court for persons with mental illness and substance abuse issues.  CARe Court includes staffings with the prosecutor, defense counsel, judge, and treatment providers present, as well as a Veterans Administration representative for veterans. CARe Court has had positive results in the lives of several individuals and their families.
 
Prior to being a Justice of the Peace, Tim was in private practice handling civil, criminal, and family law matters. Tim served on active duty with the U.S. Army Judge Advocate Corp at Fort Huachuca from 1984-1987, including as a part-time Military Magistrate. He then was part of the U.S. Army Reserves from 1987-1993 at Fort Huachuca.
 
“Tim’s military service, private practice, and time on the bench – all in Cochise County – make him well-equipped to serve the community,” said Governor Ducey. “I am pleased to appoint Tim to the Cochise County Superior Court.”
 
Tim graduated magna cum laude from Arizona State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business, majoring in Accounting. He also was a 1980 ROTC Distinguished Military Graduate. He then graduated from Arizona State University College of Law in the top third of his class.




THE TUCSON CITY COURT
SPECIAL MAGISTRATE PRO TEM JUDGE AT THE CITY COURT
March 8, 2019

Attorneys who are accepted must be willing to give up their practice in City Court.  Attorneys with criminal trial experience are preferred.  Minimum qualifications require residency in Arizona for a minimum of one year immediately preceding recommendation and must be admitted to the practice of law for a minimum of five years immediately preceding recommendation. Membership in the State Bar of Arizona is required. 

The pay for special magistrates is $125.00 for each half-day of service. Of course, volunteer services are also welcome.  Training will be provided for all those appointed as special magistrates.  Additionally, arrangements can be made to accommodate schedules of attorneys who can work only certain sessions.  Position will require a satisfactory criminal background check and Public Records Check. Fingerprinting and reference checks will be conducted. Employment is contingent upon successfully passing the above requirements.

The City Court is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  Applications are available at the Administration office on the 2nd floor of the City Court building, Room 201 at 103 E. Alameda Street, Tucson, AZ., or by calling 791-4189 to request a form by mail.  Recruitment opens from February 8, 2019 through March 8, 2019.  Required documents must be returned by March 11, 2019.






CITY OF CHANDLER
CHANDLER CITY MAGISTRATE
January 7, 2019

$157,913 annually.  Paid every two weeks.  Forty hours per week.

 

The primary function of this position is to apply relevant state statutes, city ordinances, Supreme Court Rules and case law when presiding over a variety of matters including criminal misdemeanors, traffic cases, jury and non-jury trials, pre-trial conferences, arraignments, motions and other hearings.  Performs professional legal work conducting preliminary and formal court hearings and determinations of cases arising within the jurisdiction of the City.

This position is exempt from overtime compensation and not covered by the City’s Merit System.  The Mayor and the City Council appoint this position for a specified term.  Information provided by applicants is subject to verification by the Chandler Judicial Advisory Committee and the City of Chandler.

To find out more about this position or to apply, please download the following documents:





GOVERNOR'S OFFICE TO HOLD JUDICIAL INTERVIEWS IN COCHISE COUNTY
Expires January 4, 2019

Governor Doug Ducey today announced that members of his executive staff will conduct on-site interviews for candidates who have applied for a judicial vacancy on the Superior Court in Cochise County. The candidates are as follows: Paul Randall Bays, Roger Heath Contreras, Timothy Bruce Dickerson and Candyce Beumler Pardee.

The panel will take public comment on the candidates at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, December 17, 2018 at the Sierra Vista Council Chambers, 1011 North Coronado Drive, Sierra Vista, Arizona 85635. The public comment period will be followed by individual interviews of the candidates beginning at 1:00 p.m.
All interviews are open to the public and the media.

The candidates’ applications will be made available online at the Office of the Governor’s website,https://azgovernor.gov/judges . The public may send written comments at https://azgovernor.gov/judges. Comments must be received no later than January 4, 2019 to be considered. Anonymous comments cannot be considered.

The vacancy on the Cochise County Superior Court was created by the retirement of Judge Karl D. Elledge.
 
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. Vacancies created by the retirement or resignation of a judge prior to the general election are filled by gubernatorial appointment.



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