Jul 252012

By Linda Kor
An Arizona Court of Appeals judge with deep roots in northeastern Arizona is among 14 applicants to fill a vacancy on the Arizona Supreme Court
Judge Michael J. Brown was born, raised and has lived in both Navajo and Apache counties, and attended both Brigham Young University and Arizona State University of Law graduating cum laude from both universi-ties. Prior to his position with the Arizona Court of Appeals he worked for Brown & Brown Law Offices in Pinetop, and was the Show Low city attorney, the Snowflake town attorney, and a Navajo County Superior Court judge pro tempore.
Other applicants for the position include Susan M. Brnovich, Christina M. Cabanillas, Kent E. Cattani, David R. Cole, Bennett E. Cooper, John C. Gemmill, Philip L. Hall, Diane M. Johnsen, Regina L. Nassen, Douglas L. Rayes, Thomas L. Schoaf, Ann A. Scott Timmer and Lawrence F. Winthrop.
The Commission on Appellate Court Appointments will review the applications and hear comments at a public meeting scheduled on Tuesday, July 31, at the Arizona State Courts Building in Phoenix. The commis-sion will also decide which applicants will be interviewed for the opening at that time. The selected applicants will be interviewed for the position on Aug. 20.
Citizens may address the commission on July 31 at that time, or send written comments to 1501 W. Wash-ington, Suite 221, Phoenix, AZ, 85007 or to jnc@courts.az.gov. Comments must be received by July 27 to be considered. Anonymous comments cannot be considered.
The Supreme Court vacancy came with the appointment of Justice Andrew Hurwitz to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.