Diversity and Inclusion Leadership Award

Established in 2015, the Diversity and Inclusion Leadership Award is  presented by the Board of Governors to an attorney, judge, employer, organization, or bar association that significantly advances diversity and inclusion in the Arizona legal community through creative, strategic, or innovative efforts.

2019 Recipients

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Randall M. Howe was appointed to the Arizona Court of Appeals on May 2012. Before his appointment, he served for nineteen years with the Arizona Attorney General’s Office and three years with the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Arizona. The State Bar awarded him the Distinguished Public Lawyer Award in 2007 and the Michael C. Cudahy Criminal Justice Award in 2013.

Judge Howe graduated from Arizona State University College of Business, Summa Cum Laude, in 1985 and Arizona State University College of Law, Cum Laude, in 1988. In 2002, he received the Young Alumnus Award from the Arizona State University Alumni Association.

Judge Howe has also been involved in the disability community. He has served as Chair of the Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities, President of the Board of Directors of the Arizona Center for Disability Law, and Chair of the Board of Directors of Arizona Bridge to Independent Living. He is currently on the Board of Directors of United Cerebral Palsy of Central Arizona and Daring Adventures.

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For over 30 years, Jim O’Sullivan has guided businesses and their owners through their most important stages: from business formation to sale transactions, including negotiating and preparing agreements to strategically grow and protect the business, as well as resolving disputes among the owners. Working closely with business owners and collaborating with their other trusted advisors, Jim provides practical, experience-tested solutions in meeting their toughest legal challenges and seizing valuable business opportunities.

Jim greatly values his career-long involvement with the State Bar of Arizona. His ongoing participation on the Selection Committee of the Bar Leadership Institute (“BLI”) and his opportunities to present on mentoring to the BLI classes are among the most important experiences of his professional life.  Jim is honored and deeply grateful to share the 2019 Diversity and Inclusion Leadership Award with Judge Howe.

Jim has been listed since 2013 in The Best Lawyers in America for Closely Held Companies and Family Business Law, was a drafter of the Arizona corporate statutes and is a co-author of Arizona Corporate Practice (in publication for over 20 years).

Jim earned his J.D. from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, and his B.S. from the University of Southern California.



Previous Recipients: 

The award has been presented to:

2016 Indian Legal Program at Arizona State University, Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law
2017 Arizona Collaborative Bar
2018 Los Abogados Hispanic Bar Association
2019 Hon. Randall M. Howe and James P. O'Sullivan



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