Arizona: Governor Katie Hobbs appoints Andrew M. Jacobs to Court of Appeals, Division One

PHOENIX ~ On February 21, 2023, Governor Katie Hobbs announced the appointment of Andrew M. Jacobs to the Arizona Court of Appeals, Division One. Jacobs is taking the seat recently vacated by the retirement of Judge Peter Swann.

Jacobs has over 30 years of legal experience and has argued over 50 civil appeals and litigated hundreds more across several areas of law. He is Chair of Snell & Wilmer's appellate practice since 2010 and a Fellow of the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers. Additionally, he has been the lawyer-coordinator for the Arizona Court of Appeals' pro bono program for Division Two since its inception and has placed over 200 pro bono cases with volunteer counsel for Arizona's federal and state courts. He received his B.A. from the University of Illinois and his J.D. magna cum laude from Harvard Law School.

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Governor Hobbs expressed her confidence in Jacobs' appointment, citing his deep experience, strong leadership in the legal community, and commitment to upholding the law as reasons for her decision. "I am confident that Mr. Jacobs will continue his demonstrated and tireless commitment to improving our judiciary, strengthening the rule of law, and serving the people of Arizona as a judge on the Arizona Court of Appeals," she said in a statement released on February 21st.

Jacobs expressed his gratitude for being appointed to such an esteemed position: "I am deeply grateful and honored to be appointed to the Court of Appeals, and eager to get to work."

Judges appointed by Governor Hobbs are subject to judicial performance review before they can serve their first term on court; after which voters decide through retention elections if they are retained to serve on bench for additional terms.

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