Hon. John R. Sticht Disability Achievement Award

Established in 2006 (amended language in 2015), the Hon. John R. Sticht Disability Achievement Award is  presented by the Board of Governors to recognize either a person(s) in the legal profession or a group, organization or employer, who or which furthers the goals of access to justice and the full participation for people with disabilities in the legal profession and justice system or a person(s) with disability who has demonstrated exceptional depth of inner strength, courage in the face of adversity, and tenacity of purpose.

2022 Recipient

Donna Powers has been an Advocate at the Arizona Center for Disability Law since 2010, where she strives to advance individual and systemic disability rights through personal assistance to clients with disabilities and their legal issues. She is a graduate of Arizona State University and has extensive knowledge in public transportation, healthcare and independent living for people with disabilities, as she herself survived a spinal cord injury in 1988. Prior to ACDL, Donna worked for the AZ Statewide Independent Living Council and the Community Forum/Easter Seals Arizona. Donna also volunteers with her church and several disability related organizations, paints with her mouth and enjoys time outside.


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
2015 City of Peoria
2016 Edward L. Myers III
2017 William R. Jones, Jr.
2018 Hon. Lawrence O. Anderson
2019 Bridget O'Brien Swartz
2020 Rose Daly-Rooney
2021 Kacie Taylor Nickel
2022 Donna Powers
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