Michael C. Cudahy
Criminal Justice Award

Established in 2006, the Michael C. Cudahy Criminal Justice Award presented by the Board of Governors recognizes a criminal law prosecutor who has worked tirelessly to advance the principles of criminal justice by representing the public’s interest with integrity, fairness, tenacity, creativity, brilliance and, above all, professionalism.

2017 Recipient 

John LeonardoHON. JOHN S. LEONARDO was sworn in as United States Attorney for the District of Arizona on July 3, 2012 and served until January 20, 2017. The U.S. Attorney’s Office is one of the largest in the nation employing approximately 300 personnel in four locations (Phoenix, Tucson, Flagstaff and Yuma), and serves more than eight million residents throughout the entire state of Arizona, including the residents of all 22 Indian nations.

Judge Leonardo served as a judge for Pima County Superior Court from 1993 to 2012, and was the Presiding Judge of the Pima County Superior Court from 2002 to 2007. Judge Leonardo served as a member of the Arizona Supreme Court Judicial Ethics Advisory Committee from 2010 to 2012. In 2011, he was honored with the Judicial Integrity Award from the Arizona Trial Lawyers Association.

Prior to his judicial service, Judge Leonardo served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Arizona from 1982 to 1993 and for the Northern District of Indiana from 1973 to 1982, where he also served as the First Assistant U.S. Attorney from 1978 to 1982. From 1972 to 1973, Judge Leonardo was an Assistant State’s Attorney for Prince George’s County, Md. He graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 1969 and from George Washington University School of Law in 1972.


Prior Recipients

The award has been presented to:

2006     Rick A. Unklesbay
2007 Paul K. Charlton
2008 Daniel G. Knauss
Kathleen A. Mayer
2009 Barbara LaWall
2010 Sandra M. Hansen
2011 Beth A. Anderson
2012 Sheila Polk
2013 Hon. Randall M. Howe
Hon. Kent Cattani
2014 Theodore Campagnolo  
2015 Kellie L. Johnson
2016 James Alan Goodwin
2017 Hon. John S. Leonardo

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