James A. Walsh Outstanding Jurist Award

Established in April 1989, this award recognizes 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 that judge; and who endeavors to improve the administration of justice and public understanding of, and respect for, the role of law in our society.

2024 Recipient

Hon. Robert M. Brutinel
Chief Justice Brutinel was appointed to the Arizona Supreme Court in November of 2010, elected
as Vice Chief Justice in January 2018 and became Chief Justice on July 1, 2019. Prior to his
appointment, Justice Brutinel served as the Presiding Judge of Yavapai County Superior Court.
Justice Brutinel currently chairs the Arizona Supreme Court Steering Committee on Artificial
Intelligence and the Courts. Justice Brutinel recently completed his second term on the Board of
Directors of the Conference of Chief Justices and has served on the Arizona Supreme Court
Committee on Juvenile Courts, the Arizona Supreme Court Commission on Technology, the
Arizona Commission on Judicial Conduct, the Supreme Court Arizona Judicial Council, the Arizona
Character Education Commission, and the Governor’s Children’s Cabinet. Justice Brutinel is past
president of the Arizona Judges Association and the Yavapai County Bar Association and has
served as an Advisory Board Member for the Arizona Department of Juvenile Corrections.
Justice Brutinel graduated from Arizona State University with a B.S. in Economics in 1979,
received his law degree from the University of Arizona in 1982 and an LL.M. in Judicial Studies
from Duke University in 2018. Justice Brutinel practiced law in Prescott, Arizona, prior to serving
as a judge.


Previous Recipients

The award has been presented to:

1989     Hon. James A. Walsh
1990 Hon. William P. Copple
1991 Hon. James Duke Cameron
1992 Hon. Frank X. Gordon, Jr.
1993 Hon. Alice Truman
1994 Hon. Stanley G. Feldman
1995 Hon. Robert B. Buchanan
1996 Hon. James Moeller
1997 Hon. Jack L. Ogg
1998 Hon. Ronald S. Reinstein
1999 Hon. Elizabeth R. Finn
2000 Hon. William C. Canby, Jr.
2001 Hon. Thomas A. Zlaket
2002 Hon. Edward L. Dawson
2003 Hon. Michael Daly Hawkins
2004 Hon. Mary Murphy Schroeder
Hon. George B. Nielsen, Jr.
2005 Hon. Michael D. Ryan
2006 Hon. Stephen M. McNamee
2007 Hon. C. Kimball Rose (posthumously)
2008 Hon. Barry C. Schneider
2009 Chief Justice Ruth V. McGregor
2010 Hon. Barbara Rodriguez Mundell
2011 Hon. John M. Roll (posthumously)
2012 Hon. James M. Marlar
2013 Hon. Robert L. Gottsfield
2014 Chief Justice Rebecca White Berch
2015 Hon. Lawrence F. Winthrop
2016 Hon. Andrew G. Klein
2017 Hon. Patricia K. Norris
2018 Hon. G. Murray Snow
2019 Chief Justice W. Scott Bales
2020 Hon. Diane M. Johnsen (ret.)
2021  Hon. Joseph Kreamer
2022 Hon. Kyle A. Bryson
2023 Hon. Samuel A. Thumma
2024 Chief Justice Robert M. Brutinel
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