Tom Karas Criminal Justice Award

The Tom Karas Criminal Justice Award is  presented by the Board of Governors to a criminal defense practitioner who during his or her career has worked tirelessly to advance the principles of criminal justice by representing clients or the public with integrity, fairness, tenacity, creativity, brilliance and above all professionalism.  The award was established in 2004, and the language was amended on March 17, 2006.

2014 Recipient

Bloom, Stanton

was born in Chicago, IL on November 26, 1937.  Mr. Bloom attended Ohio State University, receiving his B.A. in 1959 and attended Northwestern University Law School, receiving his JD, in 1963.  He became a member of the Illinois Bar on May 23, 1963 and the Arizona Bar on April 25, 1964. Member of Cook County (Chicago Illinois) Public Defender’s Office and Pima County (Tucson, Arizona) Public Defender’s Office; State Bar Counsel Member, Arizona Criminal Justice Section; State Bar Certified Criminal Specialist; Member of State Bar Discipline Committee; Speaker at Arizona State Bar Annual Meeting; Lecturer Criminal Law at University of Arizona Law School and Medical School; Member of Commission on Trial Court Appointments; Fellow American College of Trial Lawyers and American Trial Lawyers Association, Arizona’s top 100 lawyers; Recipient of Courageous Advocacy Award given by American College of Trial Lawyers; Recipient of Pima County Bar Association, Robert Hooker Award; included in Best Lawyers in America and Best Lawyers in Tucson.

Previous Recipients

The award has been presented to:

2004     Fredric F. Kay
2005 Robert J. Hirsh
2006 Donna Lee Elm
2007 Michael B. Scott (posthumously)
2008 Mark Budoff (posthumously)
Robert J. Hooker (posthumously)
2009 Bruce S. Griffen
2010 Michael D. Kimerer
2011 Michael L. Piccarreta
2012 Darrow K. Soll (posthumously)
2013 Larry A. Hammond