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Paige A Martin

Governor Ducey Appoints Cassie Bray Woo and John Blanchard To The Maricopa County Superior Court


October 17, 2019

PHOENIX – Governor Doug Ducey today announced the appointments of Cassie Bray Woo and John Blanchard to the Maricopa County Superior Court. These appointments are to fill vacancies due to the retirements of Judges Janet E. Barton and Cari A. Harrison.

Cassie Bray Woo has been with the United States Attorney’s Office since 2008, where she currently serves as Section Chief of the General Crimes Section. She has prosecuted a wide variety of federal crimes, including immigration, drug trafficking and violent crimes. She also served as the primary prosecutor for airport and airplane-related crimes in collaboration with the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Joint Terrorism Task Force. As part of her supervisory responsibilities, she regularly provides training to new attorneys and law enforcement regarding legal issues.

Prior to joining the United States Attorney’s Office, Cassie worked for the Arizona Attorney General’s Office in the Criminal Appeals Section. After law school, she clerked for the Honorable Frederick J. Martone, first when he served on the Arizona Supreme Court and then when he was appointed to the United States District Court, District of Arizona.

Cassie has been a member of the All Saints Episcopal Day School Parents’ Association since 2011. She is also a member of the Arizona Women Lawyers Association, State Bar of Arizona’s Appellate Section and Federal Bar Association.

“Cassie’s extensive courtroom experience and service to the public will make her a great addition to the bench,” said Governor Ducey. “I am pleased to appoint Cassie to the Maricopa County Superior Court.”

Cassie received her Bachelor of Arts degree summa cum laude in Political Science, with a minor in Communications, from Loyola University Chicago. She then received her law degree from the University of Arizona College of Law.

John Blanchard is a partner at Osborn Maledon, where he primarily practices in the areas of civil and employment litigation. He also counsels clients in employment and contract issues and regularly litigates trade secret and data security disputes. In addition, John has served as a Judge Pro Tem for the Maricopa County Superior Court and is a Fee Arbitrator for the Arizona State Bar.

Prior to joining Osborn Maledon, John was an associate at Brown & Bain (now Perkins Coie). After law school, he clerked for Judge William C. Canby, Jr. on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

John volunteered for Bet Tzedek, which assists victims of the Holocaust with applications to the German government for reparations. In 2014, he was appointed by the State Bar of Arizona to serve on the Appointments Committee and the Fee Arbitration Advisory Group. He also regularly handles pro bono cases through the Volunteer Lawyers Program and Community Legal Services. He is listed in The Best Lawyers in America for Commercial Litigation and Litigation-Labor and Employment.

“John’s civil litigation experience and understanding of the business community will serve him well on the bench,” said Governor Ducey. “I am delighted to appoint John to the Maricopa County Superior Court.”

John graduated from the University of Arizona with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English, Creative Writing, with minors in Philosophy and Anthropology. He then received his law degree from the Arizona State University College of Law, where he served as Editor-in-Chief for the Arizona State Law Journal.



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.


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 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



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 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.

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.

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GOVERNOR DOUG DUCEY APPOINTS KRISTA CARMAN
TO THE YAVAPAI COUNTY SUPERIOR COURT


August 2, 2019

PHOENIX — 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.



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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