Sharon A. Fullmer Legal Aid Attorney of the Year Award

Recognizing 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. (Award established in 1997)

2022 Recipient

Nina Targovnik has been an attorney for 19 years. Her legal career has been at Community Legal Services: the majority of her practice concentrating on employment and education law. Currently at CLS, she represents clients who need help navigating the Unemployment Insurance and Pandemic Unemployment Assistance programs. Before law school, Nina taught Special Education and developed programs for local non-profits. Nina grew up in Phoenix and is a loyal Suns fan. She has two Master’s degrees: in Special Education and in Justice Studies.

Nina was a member of Valley Leadership Class 36 and participates in the Arizona Town Hall programs to discuss issues facing the Arizona community. She is president of the board of Furnishing Dignity, a non-profit serving the needs of those who cannot afford furnishings for their homes. She is on the board of the Arizona Employment Lawyers Association and the co-chair of the Arizona Jewish Lawyers Association. She helped start mentorship programs for law students and recent law school graduates for both AZELA and AJLA. Nina taught Juvenile Law, Administrative Law and Employment Law at Arizona Summit Law School. At home, she relaxes with her 3 dogs and like to take pictures. In her free time, she reads 50 books a year.


Previous Recipients

The award has been presented to:

1997     Sharon A. Fullmer (posthumously)
1998 Lois T. Kermott (posthumously)
1999 William E. Morris
2000 Dolores H. Milkie
2001 Thomas J. Berning
Edwad E. Coghlan
2002 Sylvia J. Struss
2003 Veronika Fabian
Denise I. Young
2004 Lydia A. Glasson
2005 George H. McKay
2006 Patricia J. Gerrich
2007 Anthony L. Young
2008 Valerie C. Hink
2009 Rachel Wilson
2010 Prof. Andrew Silverman
2011 Pamela M. Bridge
2012 Mary V. Day
2013 Beverly B. Parker
2014 Ellen Sue Katz
2015 Laura Belous
2016 Stanley Silas
2017 Golden E. McCarthy
2018 Anne M. Ryan
2019 Deonissa Cañez-Anderson
2020 January F. E. Contreras
Florence Immigrant & Refugee Rights Project 
2021 Jamie Balson
2022 Nina Targovnik
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