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Fair Courts: Arizona's Merit Selection System
04/18/15 08.00 h - 15.30 h
Holiday Inn Casa Grande - Casa Grande
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Fair Courts: Arizona's Merit Selection System

A free conference regarding Pinal County’s judicial system, AZ’s Merit Selection System and national cases impacting Fair and Impartial Courts. CLE is offered for $25.00 if desired. Breakfast and lunch are served at no cost to guests. RSVP is required. The State Bar of Arizona does not approve or accredit CLE activities for the Mandatory Continuing Legal Education requirement.  This event may qualify for up to 3.0 hours toward your annual CLE requirement for the State Bar of Arizona, including 1.5 hours of professional responsibility.


      Keynote Speaker

   Vice Chief Justice

     John Pelander


Justice Pelander been asked to address the value of Arizona’s merit system for the legal profession, judges, and the public. Discussion will include the growing national trend after Citizen’s United and McCutcheon of money influencing judicial races, the impact on justice and how Merit shields judges from the real or perceived threat of money influencing decisions.



Registration and Breakfast open at 8:00am


8:30AM Welcome: Dr. Doris Marie Provine, Pres., Arizona Advocacy Network, Professor Emerita, ASU


 8:45-10:00AM Panel 1: Merit in Pinal - discuss the experience of judges and the legal community in Pinal County under Merit.

  • Hon. Ruth McGregor, retired Chief Justice, AZ Supreme Court; Acting Chair, Pinal Nominating Commission – Moderator
  • Hon. Stephen F. McCarville, Superior Court Presiding Judge
  • Kate Milewski, Nominating Commissioner, Public Defender, Pinal County
  • Richard Platt, Platt & Merritt, PLLC, President, State Bar of Arizona

10:15-11:15AM Panel 2: Capital Cases - discuss the impact on the judicial system and resources.

  • Kathy Brody, President Arizona Attorneys for Criminal Justice, Osborn Maledon P.A. – Moderator
  • Hon. Joseph R. Georgini, Presiding Criminal Judge, Pinal County
  • Jim Mannato, Chief Public Defender, Pinal County
  • A prosecutor to be announced

1:30-3:00PM Panel 3: Ethics - discuss ethical conduct under Arizona’s current code; how standards might change after the Williams-Yulee and Wolfson decisions, and the value of Merit relative to these cases for fair courts.

  • Jake Faleschini, American Constitution Society - Moderator
  • Professor Keith Swisher, Associate Dean, Summit Law School and member of the State Bar’s Ethics Committee
  • Hon. Robert Van Wyck, Former Coconino County Judge, Pro Tem Judge Navajo County, Goldman and Zwillinger Law Offices
  • Debra Erenberg, Director of State Affairs, Justice at Stake
  • Matthew Menendez, Democracy Program, Counsel, Brennan Center for Justice, NYU School of Law


 Saturday, April 18, 2015 - 8:00AM- 3:30PM

Holiday Inn Casa Grande - Casa Grande, Arizona

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  Many thanks to our Merit Advocates! 

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Holiday Inn Casa Grande
777 N Pinal Ave.
Casa Grande


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