Sharon A. Fullmer Legal Aid
Attorney of the Year Award

The Board of Governors first presented this award in 1997. It is bestowed on a 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 impact advocacy designed to address systemic issues affecting significant numbers of low-income people.

2014 Recipient

Katz, Ellen

has been an attorney for 34 years and has practiced in Arizona since 1988.  She received her law degree from Washington University in St. Louis.  Ellen has spent her entire career in the public interest sector including working for legal services programs in Chicago and Tucson.  For the last 11 years, she has worked for the William E. Morris Institute for Justice, a statewide non-profit public interest program whose mission is to protect the rights of low-income Arizonans.  At the Institute, Ellen works closely with legal services programs to identify systemic issues affecting low-income Arizonans. Her work focuses on public benefits, healthcare, unemployment insurance, landlord and tenant, domestic violence, language access services and access to the courts.   Ellen often resolves matters informally, but does not hesitate to file civil rights complaints, class actions and major policy litigation when necessary to fight injustices.  Ellen tries to make a difference and, she hopes, make Arizona a better place for low-income Arizonans.
Ellen received the Foundation for Justice Award in 2013 from the Arizona Foundation for Legal Services and Education.   She is honored to have spent much of her legal career representing low-income Arizonans.


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