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Paige A Martin




PUBLIC ASKED FOR INPUT ON CANDIDATES FOR ARIZONA SUPREME COURT



June 25, 2019

The Commission on Appellate Court Appointments is asking for public comment on nine candidates for an opening on the Arizona Supreme Court created by the retirement of Chief Justice Scott Bales. 

 

The candidates are:

 

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

Randall M. Howe, an Arizona Court of Appeals Judge – Division I

Andrew M. Jacobs of Snell & Wilmer, LLP

William G. Montgomery of the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office

Jennifer M. Perkins, an Arizona Court of Appeals Judge – Division I

 

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 July 26, 2019. The meeting will be held in room 101 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.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 23rd 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 justice.



PUBLIC ASKED FOR INPUT ON CANDIDATES FOR ARIZONA COURT OF APPEALS



June 25, 2019

The Commission on Appellate Court Appointments is asking for public comment on 10 candidates for an opening on Division One of the Arizona Court of Appeals.

 

The candidates are:

    • Cynthia J. Bailey
    • Michael S. Catlett
    • Christopher A. Coury
    • Rusty D. Crandell
    • David B. Gass
    • Andrew M. Jacobs
    • Daniel J. Kiley
    • Joseph P. Mikitish
    • Jay M. Polk
    • Joshua D. Rogers

 

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 July 17, 2019. 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.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 12th 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.



APPLICATIONS BEING ACCEPTED FOR TWO VACANCIES ON THE MARICOPA COUNTY SUPERIOR COURT

June 4, 2019

Applications are being accepted for two vacancies on the Superior Court in Maricopa County created by the retirement of Judges Janet E. Barton and Cari A. Harrison.

 

The Maricopa 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, 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 July 8, 2019. 

 

Applicants for the recent vacancies in Maricopa County MUST reapply to be considered for the new vacancies.

 

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 Maricopa 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.




11 APPLICANTS BEING CONSIDERED FOR ARIZONA COURT OF APPEALS

May 31, 2019

The public is asked for comments on 11 applicants for an opening on Division One of the Arizona Court of Appeals created by the appointment of Judge James Beene to the Arizona Supreme Court. The applicants are:

 

    • Cynthia J. Bailey
    • Michael S. Catlett
    • Christopher A. Coury
    • Rusty D. Crandell
    • David B. Gass
    • Andrew M. Jacobs
    • Daniel J. Kiley
    • Joseph P. Mikitish
    • Jay M. Polk
    • Kristina B. Reeves
    • Joshua D. Rogers

 

Their applications can be viewed online at http://www.azcourts.gov/jnc.

 

The Commission on Appellate Court Appointments will review the applications and hear comments at a public meeting on June 25, 2019. The meeting will be held in room 345 of the Arizona State Courts Building, 1501 W. Washington.  The meeting agenda will be posted on the Commission’s website at least seven 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 June 20th to be considered.  Anonymous comments cannot be considered.

 

At the June 25th meeting, the commission will choose the applicants to be interviewed. The selected applicants will be interviewed on July 17, 2019. 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 Judge James P. Beene to the Supreme Court of Arizona



April 29, 2019

Governor Doug Ducey today announced the appointment of Judge James P. Beene to the Arizona Supreme Court. Judge Beene is Governor Ducey’s fourth appointment to the Court.

Judge Beene, who has amassed extensive experience in both state and federal courts, has served on the Arizona Court of Appeals, Division One since 2016. Previously, he was a Judge on the Maricopa County Superior Court for 7 years, where he presided over criminal, family, and juvenile cases.

Before joining the bench, Judge Beene served as the Appeals and Extraditions Bureau Chief at the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office. He also worked in the appellate section of the Arizona Attorney General’s Office, served as Chief Counsel of Arizona’s Residential Utility Consumer’s Office, and worked as a legislative analyst for the Government Reform Committee of the Arizona State Senate.

Judge Beene’s dedication to the legal community is demonstrated through his service on the Arizona Juvenile Justice Commission, as well as the Arizona State Bar’s Criminal Jury Instruction Committee and Committee on Criminal Practice and Procedure. He has volunteered countless hours with local non-profit organizations seeking to increase the number of foster families in Arizona. Judge Beene has received the Champions for Children Award from the Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) program, the Law Angel Award from the Arizona Attorney General’s Office, and the Angel in Adoption Award from the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute.

“Judge Beene has spent his career as a dedicated advocate for the people of Arizona, including its most vulnerable populations,” said Governor Ducey. “He has a strong record as a public servant in all three branches of government, most recently as a trial court judge and as an appellate court judge. These experiences make him exceptionally qualified for this position. I am pleased to appoint Judge Beene to the Supreme Court of Arizona.”

Judge Beene graduated from the University of California at Santa Barbara in 1988 with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. He received his law degree from the University of Arizona College of Law in 1991. While in law school, he was selected as a Valdemar A. Cordova Law Scholar, a scholarship awarded to deserving Hispanic law students.

This appointment was made to fill the vacancy created by the retirement of Justice John Pelander.


Governor Ducey Appoints Melissa Iyer Julian, Tracey Westerhausen, And Joseph Kiefer To The Maricopa County Superior Court

February 15, 2019

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.


 

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