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GOVERNOR DUCEY APPOINTS ADELE PONCE AND SCOTT BLANEY TO THE MARICOPA COUNTY SUPERIOR COURT

September 14, 2018

Governor Doug Ducey today announced the appointments of Adele Ponce and Scott Blaney to the Maricopa County Superior Court. These appointments are to fill vacancies due to the retirements of Judge Aimee L. Anderson and Judge Peter C. Reinstein.
 
Adele Ponce is currently a criminal appellate prosecutor with the Arizona Attorney General’s Office. After graduating from law school, Adele worked with the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, which was established to prosecute the leaders and organizers of the Rwandan genocide that took place in 1994. Adele then joined Lewis and Roca, LLP as an Associate, practicing primarily in commercial litigation. In 2011, Adele left the firm to clerk for Judge Mary Murguia, first with the U.S. District Court and then with the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.
 
Adele serves the community as part of the Achievement Rewards for College Scientists Foundation, which provides scholarships to American graduate students in the sciences at Arizona public universities. She is also a member of the Board of Trustees for All Saints’ Episcopal Day School.
 
“Adele’s diverse legal experience in both civil and criminal law will be an asset to the bench,” said Governor Ducey. “I am honored to appoint Adele to the Maricopa County Superior Court.”
 
Adele graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University with a Bachelor of Arts and a Master’s degree in Government. She also earned a Master’s degree in Social Science from the University of Chicago. Adele then graduated from the University of Chicago Law School in 2004.
 
Scott Blaney has been serving with the Arizona National Guard/Arizona Department of Emergency & Military Affairs (DEMA) since 2007.  During this time, Scott was the General Counsel of DEMA and State Judge Advocate for the Arizona National Guard, where he provided wide-ranging legal services throughout the joint military-civilian governmental agency. Prior to these positions, Scott practiced employment law and commercial litigation at the law firms of Cohen Dowd & Quigley, Jackson Lewis, and Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak and Stewart.
 
Scott served his country through the Army National Guard and Army Reserve for 24 years. He received his commission as JAG Attorney for the U.S. Army in 2005 and subsequently served in Iraq from 2006-2007 and in Afghanistan from 2009-2010, including serving as the legal advisor to the prison that held Saddam Hussein and other high-value detainees. Scott also serves on the board of Soldier’s Best Friend, a nonprofit that provides therapy dogs, many of whom are rescued from shelters, to veterans with combat-related PTSD and traumatic brain injuries.
 
“Scott’s service to the State and the nation will bring a unique perspective and broad experience to the courtroom,” said Governor Ducey. “I am pleased to appoint Scott to the Maricopa County Superior Court.”
 
Scott graduated from Arizona State University with a Bachelor of Arts in History in 1997. Scott then received his law degree from the University of Arizona College of Law in 2003.





PINAL COUNTY SUPERIOR COURT JUDICIAL NOMINEES ANNOUNCED

August 1, 2018

The Pinal County Commission on Trial Court Appointments has recommended seven candidates to Governor Doug Ducey for two openings on the Superior Court in Pinal County.

 

Nominees for the openings created by the retirement of Judges Henry G. Gooday, Jr. and Brenda E. Oldham are:

 

·         Patrick K. Gard, Republican, Commissioner with the Superior Court in Pinal County.

·         Danielle Harris, Democrat, Commissioner with the Tempe Municipal Court.

·         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.

·         Robert C. Olson, Democrat, Commissioner with the Superior Court in Pinal County.

·         Megan K. Weagant, Independent, Judge Pro Tempore with the Superior Court in Pinal County.

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

 

Governor Ducey will make the appointments.

 

 




PUBLIC ASKED FOR INPUT ON CANDIDATES FOR PINAL COUNTY SUPERIOR COURT VACANCIES
June 28, 2018

 

The Pinal County Commission on Trial Court Appointments is seeking public input on seven candidates for two openings on the Superior Court in Pinal County.

 

The candidates are:

 

  • Patrick K. Gard
  • Danielle Harris
  • Barbara A. Hazel
  • DeLana Jacobs Fuller
  • Robert C. Olson
  • Megan K. Weagant
  • Lawrence M. Wharton

 

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

 

The Commission will meet to interview the candidates on July 31, 2018. The meeting will be held in Florence at the Pinal County Superior Court, 971 Jason Lopez Circle, Room 2130, starting at 9:30 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 July 27th 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.




SUPERIOR COURT JUDGE PRO TEMPORE - PIMA COUNTY

June 20, 2018

Presiding Judge Kyle A. Bryson announces that the Court’s Merit Selection Committee is accepting applications for the position of full-time Judge Pro Tempore.  The position became open upon appointment of the Hon. Casey F. McGinley to Superior Court Judge by Governor Doug Ducey.  

 

The duties of this position include presiding over all phases of a broad range of criminal cases. While the selected applicant will be assigned to a standard criminal case load, future assignments to other responsibilities including but not limited to specialty courts such as drug or mental health court may be required. Qualifications and salary information are set forth in A.R.S. 12-142 and 12-143.  Current annual salary is $149,382.

 

A judge pro tempore of the superior court shall be: not less than thirty years of age; of good moral character; admitted to the practice of law in this state for not less than five years next preceding his/her appointment; a resident of this state for not less than five years next preceding his/her appointment.

In addition, the Arizona Superior Court in Pima County requires that the candidate does not have any disciplinary matters pending before the State Bar Disciplinary Board and must not have any criminal charges pending before any court. 
Criminal law experience is required.


Please submit resume with the Application.  Applications available at the AZ Superior Court in Pima County, 9th floor reception, or may be downloaded from the website at www.sc.pima.gov.  Submissions must be tendered to the Pima County Superior Court, Human Resources, 110 W Congress, 9th floor, Tucson, AZ  85701; faxed to (520) 724-4253 OR e-mailed to scjobs@sc.pima.gov (cc: isaar@sc.pima.gov).  


NO LATER THAN FRIDAY, JULY 20, 2018, by 4:00 p.m.

The applications will be submitted to the Hon. Kenneth Lee, Chairperson of the Merit Selection Committee. The Committee will review the applications, interview selected applicants, and recommend candidates to the Presiding Judge, who shall make the appointment.  All applications will be a matter of public record.  Questions may be directed to Human Resources, (520) 724-4217; TDY (520) 724-8887.




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

June 18, 2018


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

The candidates are:

  • John L. Blanchard
  • Scott A. Blaney
  • Cassie Bray Woo
  • Nicole M. Brickner
  • David W. Garbarino
  • David N. Horowitz
  • Melissa Iyer Julian
  • Joseph S. Kiefer
  • Julie A. Mata
  • Adele G. Ponce
  • Sigmund G. Popko
  • Andrew J. Russell
  • Aryeh D. Schwartz
  • Annielaurie Van Wie
  • 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 July 25, 2018. The meeting will be held in room 345 of the Arizona State Courts Building, 1501 W. Washington, Phoenix, AZ 85007, starting at 8:00 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 July 20th 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 MARGARET LABIANCA TO THE MARICOPA COUNTY SUPERIOR COURT
May 22, 2018

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

Margaret currently serves as a Commissioner for the Maricopa County Superior Court since 2015, where she presides over probate and mental health calendars.

Margaret started her law career as a law clerk for Arizona Supreme Court Judge Frederick Martone and has extensive legal experience in environmental, water, energy and utility law. Margaret practiced at the Phoenix law firms of Polsinelli PC and Snell & Wilmer L.L.P., and was a partner at Bryan Cave L.L.P., prior to her appointment as a court commissioner. Margaret authored and co-authored a number of published works including a chapter on water law within the Maricopa County Bar Association’s 2006 and 2011 editions of The Most Frequently Asked Questions in Environmental Law. She was recognized by Chambers USA from 2012 to 2014 as one of America’s Leading Lawyers for Business and has served as a panelist and presenter on topics such as mental health adjudications, probate, environmental and water law.

Margaret graduated from Simmons College in 1987 with a Bachelor of Arts in American Studies, she graduated from Columbia University in 1995 with a Master’s degree in American Studies, and she graduated magna cum laude from the University of Arizona College of Law in 1998.

“Margaret’s array of experience in the legal profession makes her well-qualified for the bench,” said Governor Ducey. “I am pleased to appoint Margaret LaBianca to the Maricopa County Superior Court.”

This appointment was made to fill the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge John Ditsworth.



CITY OF PHOENIX
MUNICIPAL COURT JUDGE
May 8, 2018

The Judicial Selection Advisory Board is accepting applications for the position of Judge of the Phoenix Municipal Court.

DUTIES: Presiding over a variety of trial court cases including criminal misdemeanor complaints, traffic charges, jury and non-jury trials, pre-trial conferences, arraignments, motions, order of protection hearings and other court proceedings. The position will require familiarity and application of relevant state statutes, city ordinances, Supreme Court Rules, evidentiary rules and case law. This position is filled by appointment of the City Council to a specified term. For more details, compensation, and benefits see https://www.phoenix.gov/hr/job-descriptions (City Judge – Job Code: 10570)

REQUIREMENT: Admission to the Arizona State Bar and a minimum of five years practice of law or equivalent legal experience is required, with preference to at least five years of law practice in Arizona.

Applications are available through the Phoenix Municipal Court’s web site at https://www.phoenix.gov/court/judicial-recruitment or through the Judicial Selection Advisory Board c/o Office of the Chief Presiding Judge, Phoenix Municipal Court, 300 West Washington Street, Phoenix, AZ 85003 (602) 262-1608.

Applications must be received no later than 5:00 p.m., June 8, 2018.

Successful applicants will be required to take and pass a drug test and employment will be contingent upon successful completion of any required drug test and consideration of background, references, and other job-related selection information. 

The City of Phoenix is an EOE/ADA Reasonable Accommodation Employer.



APPLICATIONS BEING ACCEPTED FOR TWO VACANCIES ON THE SUPERIOR COURT IN PINAL COUNTY
May 7, 2018

Applications are being accepted for two vacancies on the Superior Court in Pinal County, created by the retirement of Judges Henry G. Gooday, Jr. and Brenda E. Oldham.

 

The Pinal County Commission on Trial Court Appointments will review applications, interview selected applicants, and recommend at least three nominees for each vacancy to Governor Doug Ducey, who will appoint the new judges.

 

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 Pinal County for the past year.

 

Applicants for the recent vacancy in Pinal County must reapply to be considered for the new vacancies.

 

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 June 7, 2018

 

The Commission may, at its discretion, use the applications filed for these vacancies to nominate candidates for any additional vacancies known to the Commission before the screening meeting for these vacancies is held. 

 

All meetings of the Pinal County Commission on Trial Court Appointments are open to the public.  Meeting dates will be announced.

 

The new judges will be paid $149,382.60 annually.





PHOENIX MUNICIPAL COURT
JUDGES PRO TEMPORE
April 24, 2018

The Phoenix Municipal Court is accepting applications for positions as Judges Pro Tempore of the Court to serve by appointment, at the pleasure of the Chief Presiding Judge.

These are part-time positions that are called for service as needed as judges in criminal and protective order proceedings or as hearing officers in civil traffic and city code enforcement matters. Compensation is equivalent to the hourly rate paid to full-time judges or hearing officers depending on the assignment. Attorneys who are members in good standing of the State Bar of Arizona and who possess a minimum of five years practice of law or equivalent legal experience are eligible to apply. Preference will be given to those with practice and criminal law experience in Arizona.

Applications are available through the Phoenix Municipal Court’s web site at https://www.phoenix.gov/court/judicial-recruitment or through the Office of Chief Presiding Judge B. Don Taylor III, Phoenix Municipal Court, 300 West Washington, 9th Floor, Phoenix, Arizona 85003 (602-262-1608).

Applications must be received no later than 5:00 p.m., Friday, May 25, 2018.

Employment offers will be contingent upon successful completion of a drug test, background/fingerprint check and review of references




PIMA COUNTY SUPERIOR COURT
JUDICIAL NOMINEES ANNOUNCED

April 20, 2018


The Pima County Commission on Trial Court Appointments has recommended four candidates to Governor Doug Ducey for an opening on the Superior Court in Pima County. AWLA members in BLUE.

 

Nominees for the opening created by the retirement of Judge Richard S. Fields are:

 

·         Casey F. McGinley, Republican, Judge Pro Tempore with the Superior Court in Pima County.

·         Lee Ann Roads, Republican, Hearing Officer with the Superior Court in Pima County.

·         Gilbert Rosales, Jr., Independent, Commissioner with the Superior Court in Pima County.

·         Laurie B. San Angelo, Democrat, Commissioner with the Superior Court in Pima County.

 

Governor Ducey will make the appointment.

 


PUBLIC ASKED FOR INPUT ON CANDIDATES FOR PIMA COUNTY SUPERIOR COURT VACANCY

March 21, 2018

The Pima County Commission on Trial Court Appointments is asking for public input on seven candidates for a vacancy on the Superior Court in Pima County created by the retirement of Judge Richard S. Fields. AWLA members are in BLUE.

 

The candidates are:

 

  • Michael F. Kelly
  • Reagen A. Kulseth
  • Mark D. Lammers
  • Casey F. McGinley
  • Lee Ann Roads
  • Gilbert Rosales, Jr.
  • Laurie B. San Angelo

 

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

 

The Commission will meet to interview the candidates on April 19, 2018. The meeting will be held at the Sheraton Tucson Hotel and Suites, 5151 E. Grant Road, Tucson, AZ 85712, starting at 9:00 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 April 16th 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.




GOVERNOR DUCEY APPOINTS JOHN HINDERAKER AND SCOTT MCDONALD TO THE PIMA COUNTY SUPERIOR COURT
February 28, 2018

PHOENIX –  Governor Doug Ducey today announced the appointments of John Hinderaker and Scott McDonald to the Pima County Superior Court. 
AWLA members are in BLUE.

John Hinderaker is currently a Partner at Lewis Roca Rothberger Christie where he practices in the areas of real estate and construction litigation. John also serves as General Outside Counsel for the Metropolitan Domestic Water Improvement District and the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum.

John began his career clerking for Judges John M. Roll and Raymond T. Terlizzi of the United States District Court for the District of Arizona. After his clerkships, John practiced at Lewis Roca Rothberger Christie for 20 years, including 11 years as a partner of the firm. 

John has volunteered with or represented pro bono several community organizations including Visit Tucson, Pima County Human Rights Commission, Compass Affordable Housing, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, and Lawyers for Literacy. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in Business Economics from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 1991 and his law degree from the University of Arizona in 1996.

“John’s vast experience in law during his time at Lewis Roca Rothberger Christie will be an asset to the citizens of Pima County. His commitment to public service throughout his career is admirable and I am honored to appoint John to the Pima County Superior Court,” said Governor Ducey.

Scott McDonald is a Director at the law firm Fennemore Craig, P.C. Scott’s practice focused on commercial and business litigation. He has also handled land use cases and appellate law.

Scott began his career clerking for Arizona Court of Appeals Judge Joseph Howard and Justice John Pelander. Prior to joining Fennemore Craig, Scott worked for the Pima County Attorney’s Office, Civil Division where his practice consisted primarily of land use law.

Scott currently sits on the Board of Directors for the Tucson Children’s Museum and has served on the Executive Committee of the Federal Bar Association and the Board of Directors for the Humane Society of Southern Arizona. Scott earned a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology and Ecology from Emory University in 1997, a Masters degree from State University of New York in Cultural and Applied Anthropology and his law degree from University of Arizona in 2004.

“Scott’s extensive experience as an attorney will serve the citizens of Pima County well,” said Governor Ducey. “I am pleased to appoint Scott McDonald to the Pima County Superior Court.”

The appointments of John Hinderaker and Scott McDonald were made to fill the vacancies created by the appointment of Judge Sean Brearcliffe to the Arizona Court of Appeals, Division II and the retirement of Judge Sarah Simmons







CITY OF MESA
CITY MAGISTRATE
February 5, 2018


A City Magistrate is responsible for presiding over misdemeanor and civil traffic cases filed with the Mesa Municipal Court, and presides over Orders of Protection. A City Magistrate is responsible for applying relevant Supreme Court Rules, state statutes, City ordinances, and case law when presiding over trials to the court, trials to a jury, pre-trial conferences, arraignments, motions, and other hearings. An employee in this class is also responsible for imposing sentences commensurate to the offense and within the parameters allowed by law. In addition, may be required to conduct initial appearances or arraignments in a jail court environment, in accordance with the Arizona Criminal Rules of Procedure. This class performs related duties as required.

For more information about this position. click here: 
City Magistrate Job Opportunity - City of Mesa
 




NOMINEES FOR ARIZONA COURT OF APPEALS ANNOUNCED

 

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: (AWLA members in BLUE)

 

·      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.

 

 







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