James A. Walsh
Outstanding Jurist Award

Established in 1989, the James A. Walsh Outstanding Jurist Award presented by the Board of Governors  to a 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. 

2019 Recipient

Special Merit

Scott Bales joined the Arizona Supreme Court in 2005 and became Chief Justice on July 1, 2014.   He regularly teaches as an adjunct professor at the law schools at Arizona State and the University of Arizona.  Justice Bales serves on the Council of the American Law Institute and the Council of the ABA’s Section on Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar.  He previously chaired the Appellate Judges Conference of the ABA’s Judicial Division.

Before his appointment to the Court, he had practiced law in Arizona for nearly 20 years.  From 2001-2005, he worked at Lewis and Roca LLP, where his practice focused on appellate and complex litigation.  He was Arizona’s Solicitor General from 1999-2001.  Justice Bales also was a Deputy Assistant Attorney General for the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Policy Development, an Assistant U.S. Attorney in Phoenix, and a Special Investigative Counsel for the Justice Department’s Inspector General.  He clerked for Justice Sandra Day O’Connor on the U.S. Supreme Court and Judge Joseph T. Sneed III on the Ninth Circuit.  After graduating from Michigan State University with degrees in history and economics, he received a master’s degree in economics and his law degree from Harvard. 

 


 

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

 

 




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