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.

2014 Recipient

The ATTORNEY GENERAL'S OFFICE is the largest law office in Arizona, with approximately 400 attorneys and 1,000 employees. It represents and provides legal advice to most state agencies, as well as enforcing various laws and prosecuting certain financial crimes and illegal drug conspiracies. In nominating the Arizona Attorney General's Office for the John R. Sticht Excellence in Disabilities award, the State Bar Committee on Persons with Disabilities noted the office, "consistently examines potential employees with disabilities based only on merit." It goes on to say, "As a result of this practice, the Office has hired and continues to employ several intelligent and talented legal professionals with disabilities. In addition to hiring and employing a number of persons with disabilities, the office is extremely accommodating to the needs of its employees with disabilities. The Office is eager to accommodate its employees with disabilities in any way it can. Employees whom the office knows to have a disability often do not even need to make an accommodation request. The Office never hesitates to ask employees if they need any accommodations. In addition, the Office never hesitates to provide reasonable accommodations to person with disabilities in the legal profession."

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
2013 Phoenix School of Law