Sharon A. Fullmer Legal Aid
Attorney of the Year Award

This award, established in 1997, recognizes the legal services lawyer in Arizona whose service to low-income people encompasses both aggressive advocacy on behalf of individuals in extreme need as well as impacts advocacy designed to address systemic issues affecting significant numbers of low-income people.

2017 Recipient

Golden McCarthyGOLDEN McCARTHY  is currently the Director of the Children's Program with the Florence Immigrant and Refugee Rights Project ("Florence Project").  The Florence Project provide free legal and social services to detained adults and unaccompanied children facing immigration removal proceedings in Arizona.  She is proud of the legal team she is honored to manage. She grew up in the small, hippie town of Nederland, Colorado. Golden traveled east to Bard College where she earned her B.A. in political science with a minor in Latin American studies. She spent four glorious years as an ESL teacher and then director of an adult education program in Brooklyn, New York. She earned her J.D. from City University of New York School of Law. While in law school, Golden was President of CUNY Law Moot Court and a Fellow for the Center on Latino and Latina Rights and Equality (CLORE) under the direction of Honorable Jenny Rivera, now Associate Judge of the Court of Appeals of New York State. Golden also participated in the Economic Justice Project and the Immigrant and Refugee Rights Clinic at CUNY Law. Golden is happiest when laughing and playing with her partner and their son.


Prior Recipients:

The award has been presented to:

1997     Sharon A. Fullmer (posthumously)
1998 Lois T. Kermott (posthumously)
1999 William E. Morris
2000 Dolores H. Milkie
2001 Thomas J. Berning
Edwad E. Coghlan
2002 Sylvia J. Struss
2003 Veronika Fabian
Denise I. Young
2004 Lydia A. Glasson
2005 George H. McKay
2006 Patricia J. Gerrich
2007 Anthony L. Young
2008 Valerie C. Hink
2009 Rachel Wilson
2010 Prof. Andrew Silverman
2011 Pamela M. Bridge
2012 Mary V. Day
2013 Beverly B. Parker
2014 Ellen Sue Katz
2015 Laura Belous
2016 Stanley Silas



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