Yesterday I had the extreme pleasure of witnessing the investiture ceremony for my friend James D. Smith to be sworn in as a Superior Court Judge. James is my close friend David's brother. That is James on the left taking the oath of office from the Honorable Scott Bales, Chief Justice of the Arizona Supreme Court.
The Robing of the New Judge was done by Susan R. Smith, James and David's mother.
My friend David said a few words about James as did several other of James' friends and colleagues.
And then, James addressed the crowd and thanked everyone for coming. He even have a few classmates from law school who were kind enough to to brave the extreme temperatures of Phoenix in August to attend the ceremony.
Congratulations James! You are going to make an excellent judge. All the best to you!