Michael C. Cudahy
Criminal Justice Award

Established in 2006, the Michael C. Cudahy Criminal Justice Award presented by the Board of Governors recognizes a criminal law prosecutor who has worked tirelessly to advance the principles of criminal justice by representing the public’s interest with integrity, fairness, tenacity, creativity, brilliance and, above all, professionalism.

2019 Recipient

Special Merit

Ryan P. Green was born and raised in Arizona.  His father was an attorney who began his career at the Maricopa County Public Defender’s Office before moving to civil practice.  Ryan and his twin brother were fortunate in that their father instilled in them a deep respect for our legal system.  Before entering law school, Ryan followed his father’s advice and worked as a bailiff in Superior Court.   This firsthand experience observing the criminal justice system cemented his desire to become a prosecutor.  After attending law school in the Southeast, Ryan moved back to the desert to begin his career as a prosecutor. Keeping things interesting, his twin brother became a defense attorney and currently works in Tucson. Since joining the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office in October of 2001, Ryan has been blessed to work alongside close friends and colleagues who he greatly admires.  His work as a prosecutor has been profoundly fulfilling and exciting, from helping victims to preparing for trial in gang cases.  As the head of his office’s Training and Development Bureau, Ryan is now privileged to share some of the lessons he has learned and hopes to inspire future career prosecutors.


Prior Recipients

The award has been presented to:

2006     Rick A. Unklesbay
2007 Paul K. Charlton
2008 Daniel G. Knauss
Kathleen A. Mayer
2009 Barbara LaWall
2010 Sandra M. Hansen
2011 Beth A. Anderson
2012 Sheila Polk
2013 Hon. Randall M. Howe
Hon. Kent Cattani
2014 Theodore Campagnolo  
2015 Kellie L. Johnson
2016 James Alan Goodwin
2017 Hon. John S. Leonardo
2018 Kimberly H. Ortiz
2019 Ryan P. Green

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