Michael C. Cudahy
Criminal Justice Award

This award was established in 2006 by the Board of Governors. It is to be presented to the criminal law prosecutor who during his or her career has worked tirelessly to advance the principles of criminal justice by representing the public's interest with integrity, fairness, tenacity, creativity, brilliance and above all, professionalism.

2013 Recipients

HON. RANDALL M. HOWE was appointed to the Arizona Court of Appeals on May 2012. Before hisHowe, Randall appointment, he served for nineteen years with the Arizona Attorney General's Office and three years with the United States Attorney's Office for the District of Arizona. He has personally represented the state and federal governments in more than 400 appeals and habeas actions, and has argued 84 cases in the Arizona Supreme Court, the Arizona Court of Appeals, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and the United States Supreme Court. In 2007, the State Bar awarded him the Distinguished Public Lawyer Award.

Judge Howe graduated from Arizona State University College of Business, summa cum laude, in 1985 and Arizona State University College of Law, cum laude, in 1988. In 2002, he received the Young Alumnus Award from the Arizona State University Alumni Association.

Judge Howe has also been involved in the disability community. He has served as Chair of the Governor's Council on Developmental Disabilities, President of the Board of Directors of the Arizona Center for Disability Law, and Chair of the Board of Directors of Arizona Bridge to Independent Living.


Cattani, KentGovernor Jan Brewer appointed HON. KENT CATTANI to the Arizona Court of Appeals on February 9, 2013. At the time of his appointment, Kent was an Assistant Arizona Attorney General, serving as Solicitor General, overseeing civil appeals, criminal appeals, and capital litigation.

Kent earned his J.D. from the University of California at Berkeley in 1986 and began working at the Attorney General's Office in 1991. He has represented the State of Arizona in state and federal courts, including the United States Supreme Court. Kent has helped draft federal and state legislation and has testified before Congress and the Arizona legislature regarding criminal law issues. He has also lectured extensively both locally and nationally on capital litigation and federal habeas issues.

Kent led the Attorney General's efforts to collaborate with the defense bar in studying lessons learned from DNA exonerations. Additionally, he chaired the Attorney General's DNA Task Force and he serves on Arizona's Forensic Science Advisory Committee. Kent has also served on the Board of Directors of the National Association of Government Attorneys in Capital Litigation, the Attorney General's Opinion Review and Ethics Committees, the Arizona Supreme Court Capital Case Oversight Committee, and the Arizona State Bar Jury Instructions Committee.


Prior Recipients

The award has been presented to:

2006     Rick A. Unklesbay
2007 Paul K. Charlton
2008 Daniel G. Knauss
Kathleen A. Mayer
2009 Barbara LaWall
2010 Sandra M. Hansen
2011 Beth A. Anderson
2012 Sheila Polk