James A. Walsh Outstanding Jurist Award

Recognizing 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. (Award established in 1989)

2022 Recipient

The Honorable Kyle A. Bryson has been a member of the Arizona Superior Court in Pima County bench since January 2001.

Judge Bryson served as presiding judge of Pima County from July 1, 2015, through June 30, 2021. Since his appointment to the retained bench by Governor Jan Brewer in March 2010, Judge Bryson has also served as associate presiding judge, presiding judge of both the probate and family law divisions, and as a member of the civil bench. He presently manages a combined civil and probate caseload.

Prior to his appointment to Division 5, Judge Bryson served as Court Commissioner and Judge Pro Tempore for over nine years, presiding over civil, criminal, family and probate matters.

During his 21-plus years as a judge, Judge Bryson has served on a wide variety of committees, workgroups and commissions on local, state and national levels. He is a frequent speaker, locally and nationally, on topics including the role, selection and retention of the judiciary, ethics, professionalism, court security and safety, effective collaborative court administration, procedural rules, and substantive and constitutional law.

Judge Bryson is a 1988 graduate of the Washburn University School of Law, and a 1981 Kansas State University graduate.


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
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