Michael C. Cudahy
Criminal Justice Award

This award, established in 2006, 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.

2016 Recipient 

 James Alan Goodwin


JAMES ALAN GOODWIN joined the Pima County Attorney’s Office in 2012 and serves as the Supervising Attorney of the Special Victims Unit.  Alan and his team prosecute cases involving child homicide, child physical abuse, child sexual abuse and exploitation, internet crimes against children, and sexual assault.  Before coming to Pima County, Alan prosecuted criminal cases for the State of Alaska and the U.S. Air Force and engaged in private practice.  In addition to his work for the Pima County Attorney’s Office, Alan also serves as a Judge Advocate in the U.S. Air Force Reserve.  As a reserve Judge Advocate, Alan was selected as the U.S. Air Forces Europe Reserve Judge Advocate of the Year in 2009 and 2011.  
Alan graduated from the University of Alabama School of Law in 1998.  During his 17 year career, Alan has focused on special victim cases, but has also prosecuted violent crimes, property crimes, and narcotics offenses.  In addition to prosecuting cases himself, Alan has trained prosecutors, law enforcement, medical providers, victim advocates, and military defense counsel on proper investigation, handling, and litigation of sexual offenses and on the presentation of forensic evidence.  

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

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