David Withey currently serves as Chief Counsel; advising the Chief Justice, presiding judges, and the Administrative Director and staff regarding legal and ethical issues that arise in the administration of the judicial branch. He recently received Arizona's Administration of Justice Award particularly due to his recent work crafting rules for the denial of bail eligibility, an initiative stemming from the Fair Justice for All task force, and his leadership in the creation of rules that provide for judicial authorization of child removal.
During Withey’s service since 1989, as general counsel for the Administrative Office of the Court he has been instrumental in the development of the branch public records and meeting policies, the Arizona Code of Judicial Administration, the Presiding Judges’ Manual, and the Code of Conduct for Judicial Employees. He has staffed the State, Tribal, and Federal Court Forum since 1992 and serves as a member of the Judicial Ethics Advisory Committee.
Prior to his employment with the Court Withey graduated from the College of Wooster in Ohio, taught school in New Mexico, graduated from law school at Arizona State University, provided legal aid services for the Fort Apache Reservation, and worked as general counsel for the Arizona Department of Corrections.