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Pinal judge appointed to Southern Az appeals court

A judge from Pinal County has been appointed by Gov. Doug Ducey to the Arizona Court of Appeals, Division Two, in Tucson. Judge Karl Eppich will take the seat vacated by retiring Judge Joseph Howard, hearing cases from Southern Arizona.

Eppich is the presiding judge of family court for the Pinal County Superior Court, where he has served since 2014. He was previously a municipal court judge in the city of Mesa and a judge pro tem for the Maricopa County Superior Court.

Prior to taking the bench, Eppich worked as a lawyer in private practice with Lewis and Roca and Mangum, Wall, Stoops & Warden. His private practice experience includes commercial litigation, insurance defense, product liability litigation, education, employment and administrative law, according to a news release from the governor's office.

Eppich also worked for the Apache County Attorney’s Office prosecuting felony and misdemeanor criminal cases. 

An Army veteran, he graduated magna cum laude from the University of California at Irvine in 1988 with a Bachelor of Arts in Social Ecology. He received his law degree from Stanford Law School in 1992, where he was the co-founder and chairman of the Stanford Criminal Law Association and a member of the Federalist Society. 

"Judge Eppich has proven himself in multiple areas of legal practice," said Ducey in the statement from his office. "He is committed to serving the people of Arizona. As a judge, he has worked tirelessly to promote justice, and has served his post with integrity and a strong work ethic. I am pleased to appoint Judge Karl Eppich to Division II of the Arizona Court of Appeals." 

The six judges in Division II of the Court of Appeals hear cases from Pima, Cochise, Gila, Graham, Greenlee, Pinal and Santa Cruz counties. The rest of the state is covered by Division I, with judges in Phoenix.

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