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Judge Samuel A. THUMMA (PRO TEM PASSAMONTE) Current Assignment: Criminal Department
Assignment History:
Department: Juvenile 
Year: 5/2007 
Location: Juvenile Court Durango Facility 
Work History:
2007 - Present:  Judge, Superior Court in Maricopa County 
1994 - 2007:  Director, Perkins, Coie Brown & Bain, Phoenix AZ 
1996 - 2004:  Director and Associate, Brown & Bain, Phoenix AZ 
1992 - 1993:  Law Clerk, Arizona Supreme Court, Chief Justice Stanley G. Feldman, Phoenix AZ 
1990 - 1992:  Associate, Arnold & Porter, Washington D.C. 
1988 - 1990:  Law Clerk, Judge David R. Hansen, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Iowa, Cedar Rapids, Iowa 
  • Juris Doctor, with High Distinction and Order of the Coif, 1988, University of Iowa College of Law
  • Bachelor of Science, Deans List and Truman Scholar from Iowa, 1984, Iowa State University
  • American Bar Association: Judicial Division Ethics and Professionalism Committee (2009-present); Arizona Delegate, National Conference of State Trial Court Judges (2008-2010).
  • American Bar Association: Judge’s Advisory Committee of the Standing Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility (2007-2010).
  • American Bar Association: Editor, Litigation Section Pretrial Practice & Discovery Newsletter (2006-2010); Litigation Section Outstanding Subcommittee Chair (2010).
  • American Law Institute: Advisor, Restatement of the Law (Third) of Torts: Liability for Economic Loss (2005-present).
  • State Bar of Arizona: Ethics Committee (2006-present): Chair, Civil Practice and Procedure Committee (2002-2006); Chair, Fee Arbitration Committee (1997-2002).
  • Arizona Courts: Supreme Court Committee on Judicial Education and Training (2010-present); Superior Court Judicial Executive Committee (2007-present); Chair, Superior Court Judicial Education and Training Committee (2007-present).
  • American Bar Foundation; Thurgood Marshall Inn of Court; Arizona Judges Association and District of Columbia (inactive), Illinois (inactive) and Iowa (inactive) Bar Associations.
  • Presenter/chair of more than 70 national, state and local seminars on various law-related topics and author or co-author of more than 40 law-related articles.
Community Involvement:
  • First United Methodist Church Staff-Parish Relations Committee (2008-present): Foundation Board Vice Chair (2006-2008) and Member (2004-2008).
  • The Business Journal “Forty under 40” Honoree (2002).
  • Valley Leadership Class XXIII (2001-2002).
  • American Red Cross: National Leadership Council (2009-present: National Leadership Award Recipient (2008): National 125th Anniversary Gala Honoree (2006): Vice-Chair, National Resolutions Committee (2006-2007).
  • American Red Cross: West Service Area Resource Council (2004-2008): Grand Canyon Chapter Board Chair (2002-2004) and Member (1999-2004).
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