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Ducey Appoints Kathryn Hackett King To Arizona Supreme Court

Kathryn Hackett King
Arizona Governor's Office
Kathryn Hackett King

Gov. Doug Ducey has appointed attorney Kathryn Hackett King to the Arizona Supreme Court.

In a release , King's history and current positions are highlighted. She is a member of the Arizona Board of Regents and has worked in all three branches of government, including serving as deputy general counsel to Ducey from 2015 to 2017.

“Kate’s strong belief in the separation of powers and experience serving in all three branches of government will serve the people of Arizona well,” Ducey said in a statement. “I have witnessed her intelligence and wisdom firsthand, and I know she is well-respected in the legal field.”

King is a partner at BurnsBarton PLC, a female-owned law firm, where she represents "private and public employers in employment litigation and related civil matters." She previously worked at Snell & Wilmer LLP, a large Phoenix-based firm.

Ducey's appointment of King fills a vacancy created by the retirement earlier this year of now-former Justice Andrew Gould, whom Ducey appointed to the state high court in 2016.

King was among seven nominees selected by a state court screening panel. She is the fifth woman to serve on the state’s high court.

Jill Ryan joined KJZZ in 2020 as a morning reporter, and she is currently a field correspondent and Morning Edition producer.