Member of the Year Award

Established in 1996, The Member of the Year Award, is presented by the Board of Governors to an attorney who has rendered extraordinary contributions to the programs and activities of the State Bar in the prior year.  Hundreds, even thousands, of the Bar's members contribute their time and talent to the work of the Bar, but this award is limited to an individual whose contributions are exceptional.  

2017 Recipient

Jo Ellen McBrideJO ELLEN MCBRIDE is Assistant Chief Counsel for the City of Phoenix. She received her undergraduate degree and J.D. from the University of Arizona. Jo Ellen is the Transportation Section Chief for the Civil Division and works with a team of attorneys to represent the Aviation and Public Transit departments. Her government practice focuses on federal transportation regulations, real property, procurement, opening meeting laws, public records, and municipal liability. She is a member of Airports Council International - North America and serves on the Legal Affairs Committee. She recently served as a speaker for the American Association of Airport Executives on regulating commercial activity at airports.
Jo Ellen has chaired the Diversity Legal Writing Program for the past 15 years. This Program is a collaboration among the State Bar Committee on Minorities and Women in the Law, Maricopa County Bar Foundation, Westlaw, and Valley law firms. Talented diverse law students are matched with private law firms during spring semester of second year to develop strong research and writing skills. She served on the Committee on Minorities and Women in the Law for 12 years.



Previous Recipients

The award has been presented to:

1991     Ed Hendricks
William R. Jones, Jr.
Tom Karas
Daniel J. McAuliffe
Thomas A. Zlaket
1992 Larry W. Suciu
1993 Roxana C. Bacon
1994 Kenneth J. Sherk
1995 Crane McClennen
Robert E. Schmitt
1996 Diane L. Drain
1997 Charles T. Stevens
1998 Michael R. Murphy
1999 Denise M. Blommel
Mary Mangotich Grier
John E. Lundin
2000 Andrew R. Sherwood
2001 Robert W. Browder
2002 Craig Mehrens
Ted A. Schmidt
2003 Hon. Michael Owen Miller
Steven A. Hirsch
2004 Sarah R. Simmons
Aaron Kizer
2005 Michael V. Mulchay
Ronald W. Messerly
2006 Jeffrey H. Jacobson
2007 Lynda C. Shely
2008 Jeffrey A. Hursh
2009 Daniel J. McAuliffe
2010 J. Scott Rhodes
Jeffrey Messing
2011 James E. McDougall
2012 Todd F. Lang
2013 William G. Klain
2014 Amelia Craig Cramer
2015 George C. Chen
2016 Jodi Knobel Feuerhelm
Andrew Jacobs
Brian J. Pollack
2017 Jo Ellen McBride

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