James A. Walsh
Outstanding Jurist Award

The Board of Governors presents this award to a judge whose career exemplifies the highest standards of judicial conduct for integrity and independence; who is knowledgeable of the law and faithful to it; who is unswayed by partisan interests, public clamor or fear of criticism; who is patient, dignified and courteous to all who appear before him; and who endeavors to improve the administration of justice and public understanding of, and respect for, the role of law in our society.  The award was established in 1989.

2015 Recipient

Winthrop, Larry

LAWRENCE F. WINTHROP was appointed to Division One of the Arizona Court of Appeals by Governor Hull in 2002.
Judge Winthrop is a graduate cum laude of Whittier College (1974) and magna cum laude of California Western School of Law (1977), and is admitted to practice in both Arizona and California. Before his appointment, Judge Winthrop was a trial lawyer with Snell & Wilmer (1977-93) and Doyle ♦ Winthrop (1993-2002).
Judge Winthrop served as Chief Judge of Division One from 2011-13, and has served as a member of the Arizona Judicial Council and the Commission on Technology. He is currently chair of the Arizona Commission on Access to Justice, chair of the Supreme Court's Attorney Discipline Probable Cause Committee and chair of the Court's Attorney Regulation Advisory Committee.
In 2012, the Arizona Supreme Court recognized Judge Winthrop as its Judge of the Year for his work in civic education and in promoting state-wide access to justice. He has also received similar recognition from the Arizona Trial Lawyers' Association and the Arizona Association of Defense Counsel.


Previous Recipients

The award has been presented to:

1989     Hon. James A. Walsh
1990 Hon. William P. Copple
1991 Hon. James Duke Cameron
1992 Hon. Frank X. Gordon, Jr.
1993 Hon. Alice Truman
1994 Hon. Stanley G. Feldman
1995 Hon. Robert B. Buchanan
1996 Hon. James Moeller
1997 Hon. Jack L. Ogg
1998 Hon. Ronald S. Reinstein
1999 Hon. Elizabeth R. Finn
2000 Hon. William C. Canby, Jr.
2001 Hon. Thomas A. Zlaket
2002 Hon. Edward L. Dawson
2003 Hon. Michael Daly Hawkins
2004 Hon. Mary Murphy Schroeder
Hon. George B. Nielsen, Jr.
2005 Hon. Michael D. Ryan
2006 Hon. Stephen M. McNamee
2007 Hon. C. Kimball Rose (posthumously)
2008 Hon. Barry C. Schneider
2009 Chief Justice Ruth V. McGregor
2010 Hon. Barbara Rodriguez Mundell
2011 Hon. John M. Roll (posthumously)
2012 Hon. James M. Marlar
2013 Hon. Robert L. Gottsfield
2014 Chief Justice Rebecca White Berch