Call for Nominations – NABA-AZ Board of Directors



Deadline To Apply – May 14, 2015


Dear NABA-AZ Members:

There are several positions open on the NABA-AZ Board of Directors. Board members serve 2 year terms, which begin immediately following the Annual Meeting, and are expected to provide significant contributions to the organization’s activities and mission. If you are interested in serving on the Board of Directors, please email a letter of interest to Kerry Patterson at by May 14th.

Pursuant to the NABA-AZ Bylaws, Board members should meet the following requirements:

·         shall be a General Member in good standing with the Association

A General Member must be recognized by a Native community as being a Native American, Native Hawaiian, or Alaska Native and must also be a licensed attorney, judge or a tribal court practitioner admitted in good standing in tribal court in Arizona.

·         should be someone who can address and support the distinct, unmet needs of the Association

·         should be someone with leadership skills demonstrated by successful participation in an NABA-AZ committee, another bar association, experience on the board of directors of other nonprofit organizations, or other community efforts

·         should participate fully and even aggressively on behalf of the NABA-AZ.  The ability to attend Board meetings, the willingness to serve on Board committees, the desire to achieve good working relations with the Board of Directors and Officers and the commitment individually to take such steps as are necessary to promote the mission of NABA-AZ shall be measures of the requisite participation.

The NABA-AZ Board Nomination Committee consists of Kerry Patterson, Patty Ferguson-Bohnee and Diandra Benally.


Job Opportunity – Superior Court in Maricopa County

Applications are being accepted for a vacancy on the Superior Court in Maricopa County created by the retirement of Judge Boyd Dunn effective June 30, 2015.

An original completed application, 5 double-sided copies, and one (1) single-sided copy must be received by the Human Resources Department, Administrative Office of the Courts, 1501 West Washington, Suite 221, Phoenix, AZ, 85007, no later than 3:00 p.m. on Monday, May 4, 2015.

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, a resident of Maricopa County for the past year, and under age 65 at the time the nomination is submitted to the Governor.

Human Resources Department
Administrative Office of the Courts
1501 W. Washington, Suite 221,

– OR – by calling (602) 452-3311
– OR – by sending an E-mail request to:
– OR – at the Judicial Department website:

Applicants for the recent vacancies in Maricopa County DO NOT need to reapply to be considered for the new vacancy.

All written comments about applicants should be directed to the Maricopa County Commission on Trial Court Appointments, c/o Blanca Moreno, Administrative Office of the Courts, 1501 W. Washington, Suite 221, Phoenix, AZ, 85007. All comments received at that address will be distributed to all commission members. Applicants are asked to limit solicited reference letters to a maximum of 12, from a diverse group of people who are well-acquainted with the applicant. All letters timely submitted will be forwarded to all commissioners.

To comment on issues relevant to the vacant judgeship or on a particular applicant, submit a written statement to the Maricopa County Commission on Trial Court Appointments, Attn: Blanca Moreno, 1501 W. Washington, Suite 221, Phoenix, AZ, 85007. An opportunity for public comment will also be scheduled at both Commission meetings about this vacancy.

The Arizona Constitution requires the Maricopa County Commission on Trial Court Appointments to submit at least three nominees to the Governor within 60 days of the effective date of each vacancy. The Governor has 60 days in which to make a selection from the nominees submitted by the Commission. To obtain the
procedures of the Commissions on Appellate and Trial Court Appointments or a list of Commission members call (602) 452-3311 or visit the website:
At its first meeting, the Commission reviews the applications and determines which applicants will be interviewed. That meeting and the subsequent interviews are open to the public, and voting on the nominations is conducted in a public session. News releases announcing the meetings will be issued at least one week prior to each meeting.

The annual salary of a Superior Court judge is $145,000. Superior Court judges are eligible to enroll in State and/or County benefit plans.

Each judge is subject to an unopposed, nonpartisan retention election at the first general election held at least two years after he or she takes office. To be retained, a judge must receive a majority of affirmative votes cast. Following the first retention election, Superior Court judges stand for retention election every four years.


The Arizona Constitution requires that justices and judges undergo a performance review before each retention election, the results of which are disseminated to voters before the election. The Supreme Court adopts the rules that govern judicial performance review, a copy of which can be obtained by calling (602) 452-3311. The standards adopted by the Supreme Court and the Commission on Judicial Performance
Review for evaluating justices and judges are:

“The judge shall administer justice fairly, ethically, uniformly, promptly and efficiently.
The judge shall be free from personal bias in decision making, shall decide cases based
on proper application of law and procedure to the facts, and shall issue prompt, clear
rulings and decisions that demonstrate competent legal analysis. The judge shall act
with dignity, courtesy and patience. The judge shall effectively manage the courtroom
and discharge the administrative responsibilities of the office.”