Welcome to the Bench, March 2021

Congratulations to the following judges who are either new to the bench or have recently been elected, appointed or hired for a new position.

Lisa I. Abrams, Superior Court, Pima County, Arizona
Gary Cohen, Superior Court, Pima County, Arizona
Jeffrey Sklar, Superior Court, Pima County, Arizona
Chris Thyer, 2nd Judicial Circuit, Clay County, Arkansas
Mary Broadaway, 2nd Judicial Circuit, Clay County, Arkansas
Kimberly Bibb, 2nd Judicial Circuit, Clay County, Arkansas
Scott Ellington, 2nd Judicial Circuit, Clay County, Arkansas
Skip Mooney, 2nd Judicial Circuit, Clay County, Arkansas
Summer Ryan, Superior Court, Shasta County, California 
James “Jim” Gibson, National Appeals Division, United States Department of Agriculture, Colorado
Marie Avery Moses*, 2nd Judicial District Court (Denver), Colorado
Jason Jones, 2nd Judicial Circuit, Tallahassee, Florida
Stephanie Morris, 2nd Judicial Circuit, Tallahassee, Florida
Elizabeth Emery (Libby) Coolidge, State Court, Chatham County, Georgia
Veronica H. Cope, State Court, Gwinnett County, Georgia
Diana M. Simmons, State Court, Cobb County, Georgia
Erica L. Tisinger, State Court, Carroll County, Georgia
Derek J. White, State Court, Chatham County, Georgia
Amanda Sterkenburg, 62-B District Court, Kentwood, Michigan
Dana Bertling, Municipal Court, Village of Big Bend & Village of Waukesha, Wisconsin
Maxine White, Court of Appeals, District 1, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

*Graduate of the NJC’s Judicial Academy for attorneys who aspire to become judges

Know of a new judge (of any kind) we’ve missed? Let us know with an email to njc-communications@judges.org. Please include an email address for the person so we can verify.

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