Four Arizonans have been nominated to fill vacancies on the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona, President Barack Obama announced Thursday.
Diane Humetewa currently serves as Special Advisor to the President and Special Counsel in the Office of General Counsel at Arizona State University. She is also a Professor of Practice at Arizona State University's Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law.
From 2009 to 2011, Humetewa was of Counsel with Squire, Sanders & Dempsey LLP. She worked in the United States Attorney's Office in the District of Arizona from 1996 to 2009, serving as Senior Litigation Counsel from 2001 to 2007 and as the United States Attorney from 2007 to 2009.
During her tenure in the United States Attorney's Office, Humetewa also served as Counsel to the Deputy Attorney General from 1996 to 1998. From 1993 to 1996, she was Deputy Counsel for the United States Senate Committee on Indian Affairs.
Humetewa received her J.D. in 1993 from Arizona State University College of Law and her B.S. in 1987 from Arizona State University. She is a member of the Hopi Indian Tribe and, from 2002 to 2007, was an Appellate Court Judge for the Hopi Tribe Appellate Court.
Judge Stephen Paul Logan has served as a United States Magistrate Judge in the District of Arizona since January 2012. Previously, Judge Logan served as a United States Immigration Judge from 2010 to 2012, as an Assistant United States Attorney in the District of Arizona from 2001 to 2010, and as an Assistant United States Attorney in the District of Minnesota from 1999 to 2001.
From 2008 to 2009, he served as Chief of the White Collar and Public Corruption Section in the United States Attorney's Office for the District of Arizona. Judge Logan is also a 23-year veteran of the United States Marine Corps, holds the rank of Colonel, and currently serves on the Navy-Marine Corps Court of Criminal Appeals.
During his military career, Judge Logan served two tours in Iraq and one tour in Afghanistan. He also spent six years as a military trial judge. He was awarded the Bronze Star and Combat Action Ribbon for his second tour of duty in Iraq. Judge Logan received his J.D. in 1992 from the University of Oklahoma and his B.S. from the University of Louisville in 1988.
Judge Douglas L. Rayes has served as a Maricopa County Superior Court Judge since 2000. During his tenure on the bench, Judge Rayes has presided over a wide range of cases, including civil, criminal and family law matters.
Before becoming a judge, Judge Rayes was a partner at the law firms of Tryon, Heller & Rayes from 1989 to 2000; McGroder, Tryon, Heller & Rayes from 1986 to 1989; and McGroder, Tryon, Heller, Rayes & Berch from 1984 to 1986. From 1982 to 1984, he was an associate at McGroder, Pearlstein, Pepler & Tryon.
Judge Rayes served in the Army Judge Advocate General Corps from 1979 to 1982. He received his J.D. cum laude in 1978 from Arizona State University College of Law and his B.S.E. summa cum laude in 1975 from Arizona State University.
John Joseph Tuchi has been an Assistant United States Attorney in the District of Arizona since 1998. He currently serves as Chief Assistant United States Attorney in the office, and has previously served as Interim United States Attorney in 2009, Senior Litigation Counsel and Tribal Liaison from 2009 to 2012, and as Chief of the Criminal Division from 2006 to 2009.
Tuchi also worked as an associate at the law firm of Brown & Bain, P.A. from 1995 to 1998. He began his legal career as a law clerk for Judge William C. Canby of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
Tuchi received his J.D. magna cum laude in 1994 from Arizona State University College of Law, his M.S. in 1989 from the University of Arizona, and his B.S. in 1987 from West Virginia University.
Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) issued the following statement in the wake of the nominations:
"The nominees to serve on the United States District Court for the District of Arizona have demonstrated devotion to public service and commitment to justice, and I believe they are uniquely qualified to address the legal issues facing our state.
"The recent judicial vacancies in Arizona have created an unsustainable situation for the Court and are a serious impediment to the administration of justice for the people of Arizona. The need to fill these vacancies is critical as the District of Arizona ranks as one of the top ten busiest district courts in the country.
"I urge the Senate Judiciary Committee to consider these five very capable nominees as soon as possible and allow the full Senate to swiftly confirm them as the district court judges for the District of Arizona."
The six current vacancies in the Arizona District Court account for nearly nine percent of the nation's vacant district court judgeships.
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