Hon. John R. Sticht Excellence in Disabilities Accessibility Award

The Committee on Persons with Disabilities in the Legal Profession established this award in 2006. It is awarded to private and/or public legal employers for their efforts to improve access to the Arizona judicial system for persons with disabilities in the legal profession, including lawyers, paralegals and court and law firm staff. The awards are presented at the State Bar Convention, and at a ceremony at the State Capitol in July, the annual anniversary of the passage of the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA).

2013 Recipient

Phoenix School of LawPHOENIX SCHOOL OF LAW's (PSL) philosophy is built on three key mission pillars: being student-outcome centered, producing practice ready graduates and serving the underserved. PSL has modernized legal education by fully integrating theory and practical experience within the classroom. This philosophy has resulted in an 84% ultimate bar pass rate and in 2012 a 91% employment rate for J.D. required, preferred or advantage professional jobs.

PSL also has diversified the law field with an inclusive model that provides opportunities to a broad range of students: parents, second-careerists, veterans, and other non-traditional individuals. Every PSL student completes at least 30 hours of pro-bono or community service before graduating. Through its partnerships with community organizations such as the Human Services Campus where PSL students provide holistic services to the homeless population, PSL helps to instill in its students the love of public service. PSL has been nationally recognized as one of the 20 most innovative law schools in the country and has won several awards for its commitment to diversity in both its student body and faculty.

Previous Recipients

The award has been presented to:

2006     Arizona Center for Disability Law
Office of the Arizona Attorney General
2007 Office of the Pima County Attorney
2008 University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law
Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law at Arizona State University
2009 Mesch Clark & Rothschild PC (Tucson)
Quarles & Brady, LLP (Phoenix
2010 Pima County Public Defender's Office
2011 Industrial Commission of Arizona
2012 Arizona Center for Disability Law