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  • Superior Court welcomes two officials

    Pima County Superior Court welcomed two officials in April 27 ceremonies.

    Presiding Judge Kyle Bryson administered the oath to Pima County Superior Court Commissioner Helena Seymour. Presiding Juvenile Court Judge Kathleen Quigley was among those who attended.
    Commissioner Seymour 
    “Court commissioners have long been the life’s blood of what we do,” Bryson said, explaining the job commissioners do, which include limited judicial duties in certain cases, family law, probate, mental health, and juvenile case matters, among others. The presiding judge appoints court commissioners.
    Seymour earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Maryland, College Park and a law degree from the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law. She worked as a judicial clerk and in private practice in Massachusetts. At the time of her appointment Seymour worked for the Arizona Attorney General’s Office.
    Judge Hinderaker 
    Seymour thanked her family and friends for supporting her throughout her career. She ended her brief comments by quoting Henry David Thoreau, who wrote: “Go confidently in the direction of your dreams.”
    Later in the day, John Hinderaker was sworn into the criminal bench in an investiture ceremony in Pima County Superior Court.
    Gov. Doug Ducey appointed Hinderaker, a Tucson-based attorney formerly with the law firm Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie.
    Bryson administered the oath of office in a packed courtroom before representatives from the governor’s office, Arizona Court of Appeals, Clerk of Superior Court, County Attorney’s Office, Pima County Public Defense Services, County Administration and most of the Pima County Superior Court bench.
    “We’re really pleased to have John join our ranks,” Bryson said.
    In addition to Bryson, Arizona Court of Appeals Div. 2 Chief Judge Peter Eckerstrom, Juan Ciscomani from Gov. Ducey’s office, and Hinderacker’s brother Ted Hinderaker shared their support for the new judge.
    “It’s been a humbling experience,” John Hinderaker said, describing the weight of responsibility judges hold in sentencing people convicted of crimes.
    He also shared a memorable exchange he had with Bryson during his first day on the job.
    John Hinderaker described how moments before ascending the bench for the first time, Bryson provided advice he would never forget: “Your tie goes on the inside of the robe,” the senior judge said.
    Judge Hinderaker earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara; and a law degree from the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law. He also clerked in U.S. District Court in Tucson prior to joining Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie, where he was a partner.
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