President's Award

This award, selected at the discretion of the State Bar President, is given to an individual who has contributed enormous effort toward the furtherance of the president's goals and priorities during the president's term in office.

2017 Recipients

Sheena ChiangSHEENA S. CHIANG is a capital attorney at the Maricopa County Office of the Legal Defender. Sheena graduated from the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law in May, 2007, where she was honored as the “Outstanding Woman Law Graduate” for the class of 2007. In 2012, she was awarded the “Rising Star” award by the Arizona Public Defender’s Association for her commitment to indigent defense.

Sheena serves on numerous boards and committees.  She is a member of the ACLU’s Legal Panel, the Arizona Women’s Law Association, and is the current President of the South Asian Bar Association of Arizona. She also serves as Chair of the Appointments Committee of the State Bar of Arizona.

She speaks fluent Spanish, has a passion for photography, was a contestant on Wheel of Fortune, and is a certified indoor spin instructor.

In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, reading, and spending time with her husband Thomas, and their two daughters.

Thomas HudsonTHOMAS L. HUDSON is a partner at Osborn Maledon PA where his practice focuses on civil appeals and appellate consulting.

He is a fellow of the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers, a past chair of the State Bar Appellate Practice Section, and a contributing author to the Arizona State Bar’s Appellate Practice Handbook. Thom helped found the Arizona Appellate Blog ( in 2006, and for ten years co-authored the monthly column “Appellate Highlights” for the Arizona Attorney. He also served on the State Bar Civil Practice and Procedure Committee for fifteen years, served as a Ninth Circuit Appellate Lawyer Representative for three years, and in 2014 helped write the new Arizona Rules of Civil Appellate Procedure.

Thom has been recognized by Best Lawyers in America® and Southwest Super Lawyers for his excellence in appellate law, and was named the Best Lawyers’ 2015 Phoenix Appellate Practice Lawyer of the Year.

Thom graduated summa cum laude from the University of Arizona College of Law in 1992, where he was an articles editor for the Arizona Law Review. He received a Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Arizona in 1994, and clerked for Ninth Circuit Judge William C. Canby, Jr. from 1994-95.




Previous Recipients   

The award has been presented to:

2002     Janet Napolitano
Hon. Robert B. Van Wyck
Hon. Barry C. Schneider
2003 Craig Y. Fujii
Danny R. Ortega, Jr.
Neal Kurn
Barry Wong
Michael R. Rooney
Richard H. Whitney
2004 Art Hailton
Kathleen A. Mayer
Thomas M. Thompson
2005 Colleen A. Lomax, Esq.
Hon. Rebecca A. Albrecht
Paul Bennett
Edward F. Novak
2006 Diane L. Drain
Jenae R. Naumann
Michael L. Walker
Rawuel Centeno-Fequiere
David B. Rosenbaum
2007 Michael L. Gallagher
Michael Allen Berch
2008 Herbert I. Zinn
Mari I. Valenzuela
Sal J. Rivera
Larry J. Cohen
John W. Rogers
William G. Klain
2009 Pamela A. Treadwell-Rubin
Patrick J. McGroder III
Jessica Gifford Funkhouser
2010 Saji Vettiyil
Brigadier General Richard Gregg Maxon
2011 Maret Vessella
Amy K. Rehm
2012 Senator Jon Kyl
Alan P. Bayham, Jr
2013 Hon. Janet Napolitano
Lawrence F. Winthrop
2014 Patricia Lee Refo
2015 Robert E. Schmitt
William C. Porter

Thomas M. Ryan
Alex Lane


Thomas L. Hudson
Sheena S. Chiang



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