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.

2015 Recipient 

Peoria, City of


The CITY OF PEORIA is a municipal leader in developing and maintaining an accessible work environment and community for all Arizonans. In a 2014 WalletHub survey of the largest 150 cities in the United States, the City of Peoria ranked first in Arizona, and second in the United States, as the most suitable place for a disabled person to live and work.  In 2011 the Peoria Municipal Court was substantially expanded and reconstructed to include plenty of accessible parking, variable height counters for city clerks, push button building access, and appropriately labeled and designed handrails, ramps and workstations.  In the courtroom, each workstation is accessible via a ramp and the juror seating area is wheelchair accessible.  The City also recently completed renovations to its baseball stadium. The upgrades significantly facilitate greater access to seating, restrooms, the field, vendors, and other amenities for the disabled. The stadium has more than 200 wheelchair seats available with unobstructed views of the field and a wide ramp provides access to seats, gift shop and the field. 

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
2014 Attorney General's Office