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Paige A Martin




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.






 

October 25, 2018


 

Applications Being Accepted for a Vacancy on the Maricopa County Superior Court

Applications are being accepted for a vacancy on the Superior Court in Maricopa County created by the appointment of Judge Susan M. Brnovich to the U.S. District Court, District of Arizona.

 

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 tojnc@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 November 19, 2018. 

 

Applicants for the recent vacancies in Maricopa CountyDO 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.

 

 




 

October 30, 2018

Applications Being Accepted for Two Vacancies on the Maricopa County Superior Court

 

Applications are being accepted for two vacancies on the Superior Court in Maricopa County created by the retirement of Judges Hugh Hegyi and David Talamante.

 

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 tojnc@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 November 19, 2018. 

 

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 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.

 




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.


June 12, 2018
GOVERNOR DUCEY APPOINTS CASEY MCGINLEY TO THE PIMA COUNTY SUPERIOR COURT

PHOENIX — Governor Doug Ducey today announced the appointment of Casey McGinley as a Judge to the Pima County Superior Court.

Casey McGinley is currently a full-time Judge Pro Tempore of the Pima County Superior Court. In this role, he presides over criminal cases. He also serves as an appellate judge on appeals and special actions from Pima County limited jurisdiction courts, and as a judge for both the Restitution Court and the Drug Treatment Alternative to Prison Program.

Casey began his career clerking for Judge Christopher C. Browning on the Arizona Superior Court for Pima County. After his clerkship, Casey took a position as Deputy County Attorney with the Pima County Attorney’s Office where he practiced criminal prosecution for nine years serving in the misdemeanor, vehicular, violent offense and cold case units.

Casey has provided pro bono legal services to several organizations, including Wills for Heroes and Mothers against Drunk Driving. In addition, Casey has volunteered as a professor of practice at the University of Arizona, James E. Rogers College of Law where he taught a course on trial advocacy. He also instructed all incoming and first-time attorneys at the Pima County Attorney’s Office during their initiation to the office and volunteered to assist mock trial teams at both the University of Arizona and St. Gregory Preparatory Academy.

Casey earned his Bachelors of Science in Political Science from the Barrett Honors College at Arizona State University and his law degree from the University of Arizona.

“Casey’s experience in Pima County as a prosecutor will serve to benefit the citizens of Pima County. I am honored to be appointing Casey to the Pima County Superior Court," said Governor Ducey. 

The appointment of Casey McGinley was made to fill the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Richard Fields.

 






 


 

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