Hackett King Appointed To Arizona Supreme Court, Fills Vacancy Left By Gould

Governor Doug Ducey appointed Kathryn Hackett King as Arizona’s newest Associate Justice of the Supreme Court. [Photo courtesy Arizona Governor's Office]

By B. Hamilton

On Friday, Kathryn Hackett King, a member of the Arizona Board of Regents and University of Arizona College of Law graduate, was appointed to the Arizona Supreme Court.

Kin’s appointment by Governor Doug Ducey fills the vacancy created by the resignation of Justice Andrew Gould.

Gould is currently running in the Arizona Attorney General’s race.

King’s appointment to the court now leaves a vacancy on the Arizona Board of Regents

King is the fifth woman in Arizona history to serve on the Supreme Court.

King is currently a partner at Burns Barton PLC. The focus of her practice is the representation of private and public employers in employment litigation and related civil matters.  King is a member of the Arizona Women Lawyers Association and a mentor for the Latina Mentoring Project.

King began her private practice career at Snell & Wilmer LLP, where she practiced in the areas of employment law and commercial and business litigation.

From 2015 to 2017, King served as Deputy General Counsel to Ducey, according to the Governor’s Office. King clerked for Arizona Supreme Court Justice Michael D. Ryan from 2007 to 2008.

King graduated from Duke University with a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Political Science and minoring in History. She obtained her law degree from the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law.

“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 released statement. “I have witnessed her intelligence and wisdom firsthand, and I know she is well-respected in the legal field.”