FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 22, 2014
Contact: Alberto Rodriguez
Phone: 602.340.7337
Email: alberto.rodriguez@staff.azbar.org

State Bar of Arizona Announces 2014 Award Winners

PHOENIX – May 22, 2014 – The State Bar of Arizona will recognize eight individuals and one state agency for their contributions to the legal profession at the 2014 State Bar of Arizona Annual Convention at the Westin La Paloma Resort & Spa in Tucson, June 11-13.

   

Award of Appreciation
2014 Recipient: John J. Sullivan

Presented to that individual(s) who is not a member of the Bar in recognition of outstanding service toward the creation of a better public understanding of the legal profession and the administration of justice, the judiciary or the legislative process.

Award of Special Merit
2014 Recipient: William W. Owsley

Presented to that member(s) of the State Bar of Arizona who has made significant contributions to the furtherance of public understanding of the legal system, the administration of justice and confidence in the legal profession.

Hon. John R. Sticht Excellence in Disabilities Accessibility Award
2014 Recipient: Arizona Attorney General's Office

Presented 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.

James A. Walsh Outstanding Jurist Award
2014 Recipient: Chief Justice Rebecca White Berch

Presented to that judge whose career exemplifies the highest standards of judicial conduct for integrity and independence; who is knowledgeable of the law and faithful to it; who is unswayed by partisan interests, public clamor or fear of criticism; who is patient, dignified and courteous to all who appear before him; and who endeavors to improve the administration of justice and public understanding of, and respect for, the role of law in our society.

Member of the Year Award
2014 Recipient: Amelia Craig Cramer

Presented to that attorney(s) who has rendered extraordinary contributions to the programs and activities of the State Bar in the prior year.  Hundreds, even thousands, of the Bar's members contribute their time and talent to the work of the Bar, but this award is limited to that individual(s) whose contributions are exceptional.

Michael C. Cudahy Criminal Justice Award
2014 Recipient: Theodore Campagnolo

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.

Sharon A. Fullmer Legal Aid Attorney of the Year Award
2014 Recipient: Ellen Sue Katz

Presented to that 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.

Tom Karas Criminal Justice Award
2014 Recipient: Stanton Bloom

Presented to that 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 only award presented at convention that is not decided by the Board of Governors is the President's Award. The president chooses someone who has made significant contributions to the Arizona legal community.

   

President's Award
2014 Recipient: Patricia Lee Refo

Selected at the discretion of the State Bar President, is given to an individual who has contributed enormous effort toward the furtherance of the president's goals and priorities during the president's term in office.

For a complete list of 2014 award recipient bios click here.

If you require additional information about the awards contact Nina Benham via email or at 602.340.7329.

About the Board of Governors
The State Bar of Arizona Board of Governors oversees the policy making and operation of the organization. The Board is comprised of 30 people: four non-attorney, public members appointed by the Board; three at-large members appointed by the Arizona Supreme Court; 19 attorney members elected by fellow Bar members in their
district; and four ex-officio members (immediate past president and the deans of Arizona's three law schools). The Board meets a minimum of nine times each year.


About the State Bar
The State Bar of Arizona is a non-profit organization that operates under the supervision of the Arizona Supreme Court. The Bar includes approximately 17,500 active attorneys and provides education and development programs for the legal profession and the public. Since 1933 the Bar and its members have been committed to serving the public by making sure the voices of all people in Arizona are heard in our justice system.

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