There have been a few changes to the judicial make-up of the bankruptcy court here in Arizona. We won’t have more bankruptcy judges, despite the need. What we will have are some new judges to fill existing posts on the bench of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Arizona.
Chief Judge Alex Kozinski of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit announced the new appointments:
“We are extremely pleased to welcome such well qualified individuals to the bankruptcy bench. They are highly knowledgeable and experienced lawyers, well regarded by their peers. I am confident that each will prove to be an asset to the court.”
U.S. Bankruptcy Court’s Tucson Division
We’ve known the Honorable Judge James Marlar for many years. In fact, he graduated from the UA James E. Rogers College of Law in 1970. He practiced bankruptcy and commercial litigation in Phoenix for 23 years, including service as Judge Pro Tempore on the AZ Court of Appeals before joining the bankruptcy bench.
Marlar was appointed U.S. Bankruptcy Judge for the District of Arizona in December 1993. From 1999 to 2006, Judge Marlar served a seven-year term on the Ninth Circuit’s Bankruptcy Appellate Panel. A few years later, on June 29, 2009, Marlar was appointed Chief Bankruptcy Judge for our district. Marlar’s Tucson post will be taken by attorney Brenda Moody Whinery.
Whinery (age 52), a native Tucsonan, received her JD from the UA College of Law in 1985. Her swearing in ceremony is scheduled for February 1, 2013.
U.S. Bankruptcy Court’s Phoenix Division
In the Phoenix Division, Daniel P. Collins (age 54) is replacing the Honorable Judge Charles Case II who is retiring from the bench after 19 years with the court. A native of Rochester, MN, attorney Collins received his JD from the UA College of Law in 1983. The Collins swearing in ceremony will be held on January 18, 2013.
Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Edward P. Ballinger, Jr., (age 59) will replace the Honorable Redfield T. Baum, Sr., who is retiring after 22 years of service on the bankruptcy bench. A native of Columbus, OH, Ballinger received his JD from Ohio State Univ. in 1979 and has served as a Maricopa County Superior Court judge since 1998. He’ll be sworn in on February 15, 2013.