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.

2016 Recipient

Andrew Klein


HON. ANDREW G. KLEIN attended the University of California, Berkeley, graduating with honors in 1974.  In 1977, he received his law degree from Indiana University, Bloomington.  Following law school, Judge Klein was in the private practice of law, specializing in commercial litigation, and earned an “AV” Martindale-Hubbell superior rating

Judge Klein has been active in the community and served on the Board of Directors at Temple Beth Israel, Scottsdale, including his last two years as President.  Judge Klein has also been an Adjunct Professor of Law at the ASU College of Law, and he is a frequent speaker at law-related seminars.

Since becoming a Maricopa County Superior Court judge in 2001, Judge Klein has served with distinction in every rotation—juvenile, criminal, family, civil, and probate where he currently serves as Presiding Judge—and has consistently received top scores on his judicial performance review.

In 2015, Judge Klein received the William W. Treat Award from the National College of Probate Judges for contributions to the improvement of law and judicial administration.  Previous recipients include U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor and Arizona Supreme Court Justice Ann Timmer.  Under Judge Klein’s leadership, the Maricopa County Probate Court implemented a highly successful mediation program that has resolved contested complex cases expeditiously and streamlined the litigation process substantially.  

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



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