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GOVERNOR DUCEY APPOINTS CARTER OLSON AND PATRICK GARD TO THE PINAL COUNTY SUPERIOR COURT

September 20, 2018

Governor Doug Ducey today announced the appointments of Carter Olson and Patrick Gard to the Pinal County Superior Court. These appointments are to fill vacancies due to the retirements of Judge Brenda E. Oldham and Judge Henry G. Gooday Jr.
 
Carter Olson currently serves as a Commissioner for the Pinal County Superior Court. In addition to his judicial duties, Carter oversees the implementation and operation of a new system for selecting and overseeing court-appointed attorneys.
 
From 1990 to 2007, Carter worked for the Pinal County Attorney’s Office, which included being elected as the County Attorney. While the majority of his legal experience as County Attorney was in criminal law, as he was also the legal advisor to Pinal County, including the Board of Supervisors and County departments, his office provided representation regarding various civil matters. From 2007 to 2013, Carter was elected as a judge to the Pinal County Superior Court.
 
“As a former judge for the Pinal County Superior Court, Carter is well-qualified and can make an impact on the court,” said Governor Ducey. “I am honored to appoint Carter to the Pinal County Superior Court.”
 
Carter received his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with an emphasis in Public Accounting from Elmhurst College and was an Illinois Certified Public Accountant. He received his law degree from Loyola University of Chicago.
 
Patrick Gard also currently serves as a Commissioner for the Pinal County Superior Court. As part of the Family Law Bench, he handles hundreds of cases involving marriage dissolution, child custody and guardianship, protective orders, child support, and child parenting plans.
 
Prior to this position, Patrick was a prosecutor with the Pinal County Attorney’s Office from 2007 to 2016, where he handled adult felony prosecutions with an emphasis in domestic violence, child abuse, and sex crimes. In addition to his felony experience, he spent five years specializing in juvenile prosecution. Patrick also was a prosecutor with the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office from 2003 to 2007.
 
“Patrick’s commitment to the safety of the community is apparent from his work as a prosecutor,” said Governor Ducey. “I am pleased to appoint Patrick to the Pinal County Superior Court.”
 
Patrick earned both his law degree and his bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice Administration from the University of Arizona.




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.

 


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.

 


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.

 




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






 


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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