Padre Pride was front and center at the recent Investiture Ceremony for Maricopa County Superior court Judge Erin O’Brien Otis, who was appointed to the Court in September by Governor Doug Ducey.
Judge Otis is a 1994 graduate of Marcos de Niza High School and Tempe Union High School District JROTC cadets had the honor of participating in her Jan. 20, 2017 ceremony. Investiture is a formal ceremony conferring the authority and symbols of a high office.
TUHSD’s JROTC unit is based at Otis’ alma mater. The JROTC Color Guard presented the Colors at the event, held at the Board of Supervisors auditorium in downtown Phoenix. The cadets, Isaac Yepiz, Amando Acosta, Cassidy Wright and Jacob Harold are all students at Marcos de Niza High School.
Before her appointment, Judge Otis served as a Commissioner for the Maricopa County Superior Court since 2012. She previously worked as a Deputy County Attorney with the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office, where she developed specialized experienced in sex crimes and human trafficking cases and received the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office Prosecutor of the Year Award in 2010.
She received her law degree from the Arizona State University College of Law in 2002.
In appointing her to Maricopa County Superior Court, Doug Ducey said, “Erin is nationally recognized for her expertise in sex crimes and human trafficking cases. Her experience as a Commissioner on both the family law and criminal law benches will make her an outstanding addition to the court.”
In October, the same cadets participated in the Investiture Ceremony for Maricopa Superior Court Judge Kristin Culbertson.
A total of 225 students, from all seven of Tempe Union’s high schools participate in the District’s JROTC program. They are under the direction of Major Robert Fore.
The Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) is a federal program sponsored by the United States Armed Forces in high schools across the country.