Arizona Commission on Appellate Court Appointments

Application Deadline Extended:  Friday, February 6, 2015

Purpose: Primary responsibility is to screen, interview and recommend judicial candidates to the Governor of Arizona for the Governor's final selection to fill judicial vacancies. This non-partisan commission is chaired by the Chief Justice of the Arizona Supreme Court (or his designee). 

Openings: Two. Applicants may not be registered Republicans (three of the five lawyer-commissioner seats are currently filled by registered Republicans, the maximum number defined in the Constitution). Commissioners Todd S. Kartchner (Fennemore Craig PC, Phoenix) and Monica B. Klapper (U.S. Attorney’s Office, Phoenix) were appointed to staggered one-year terms and are eligible for, and are seeking, reapplintment to full four-year terms.

Candidate Criteria/Qualifications: Applicants must be active members of, and in good standing with, the State Bar of Arizona.  Applicants shall have resided in the state, and shall have been admitted to practice before the Arizona Supreme Court, for not less than five (5) years. 

No more than three of the five attorney-commissioners may be from the same political party.  None of the attorney or non-attorney members of the commissions shall hold any governmental office, elective or appointive, for profit and no attorney member is eligible for appointment to any judicial office of this state until one year after membership in the commission terminates.  The commissions meet as necessary when judicial openings occur.

Arizona’s Constitution (Article 6, Section 36.C.) provides for ethnic and gender diversity on the Commissions.  Minorities and women are encouraged to apply for positions on the judicial nominating commissions.

Term: Four years.  The Governor's appointees must be confirmed by the Arizona State Senate.

An application form must be submitted to the State Bar by Friday, February 6, 2015.  For additional information contact Nina Benham at 602.340.7329 or