PHOENIX — Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey has appointed Lacey Gard to fill a seat on the Pinal County Superior Court recently vacated by the retirement of Judge Stephen McCarville.

Ducey stated in a press release that he was delighted to appoint Gard to the court.

“Lacey has dedicated herself to serving the public and protecting the community,” Ducey stated in a press release.

Gard is the deputy solicitor general and chief counsel of the Capital Litigation Section at the Arizona Attorney General’s Office, according to the Governor’s Office. The Capital Litigation Section represents the state in all post-sentencing lawsuits filed by death row inmates. Gard also oversees all federal habeas corpus litigation filed by other inmates.

She also served as the section’s unit chief counsel from 2010 to 2015, as assistant attorney general in the same section from 2007 to 2010 and in the Criminal Appeals Section at the office between 2004 and 2007.

She also taught advanced legal writing and appellate advocacy from 2012 to 2016 at her alma mater, the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law. She graduated from the university’s Honors College Summa Cum Laude.

She has also presented numerous internal, statewide and national trainings on a variety of legal topics.

She started her legal career as a law clerk to Arizona Court of Appeals Judge J. William Brammer.

McCarville, 59, was diagnosed with high blood pressure earlier this year.

He was a partner at McCarville, Cooper & Vasquez in Casa Grande and served as the town attorney for Mammoth between 1990 and 2000. He was appointed a pro tempore Juvenile Court commissioner in May 2000 and then appointed as a Superior Court judge pro tempore in July 2000.

He was elected to his first full term as a Superior Court judge in 2001.


Suzanne Adams-Ockrassa is a reporter covering the city of Casa Grande and the surrounding area, as well as Central Arizona College. She can be reached at

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