Governor Doug Ducey catapults an attorney to a very lofty place—a seat on the Arizona Supreme Court. Constitutional law is Clint Bolick’s stock in trade, with many case wins under his belt. So the Governor felt the V-P of Litigation for the Goldwater Institute would be a perfect fit to fill a vacant seat on the state’s high court. Bolick says he’s” humbled and ecstatic “to be chosen.

Bolick himself says that his appointment is unusual in that he’ll be a justice with a considerable amount of constitutional experience. The Washington Post also says the Governor’s choice is notable because he’s a Republican, and Bolick is an Independent.

The Governor touts Bolick as a “champion of liberty” and nationally recognized constitutional law scholar. This is Ducey’s first Supreme Court appointment, and Bolick is replacing retiring Justice Rebecca Berch.

–Barbara Villa