Sharon A. Fullmer Legal Aid
Attorney of the Year Award

Established in 1997, the Sharon A. Fullmer Legal Aid Attorney of the Year Award presented by the Baord of Governors recognizes the 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 impacts advocacy designed to address systemic issues affecting significant numbers of low-income people.

2018 Recipient

Anne M. Ryan

Anne M. Ryan, Esq. is an Assistant Professor in the University of Arizona’s Department of Family and Community Medicine and Director of the Tucson Family Advocacy Program (TFAP). TFAP is a multidisciplinary partnership of medical and legal providers working together in family medicine residency programs and clinics to improve patient health. Over 50 percent of patients referred to TFAP for integrated medical-legal services are humanitarian refugees from multiple countries of origin including Bhutan, Somalia, Iraq and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Ms. Ryan provides free legal assistance to low-income patients in areas affecting patient health including access to health care, public benefits, disability related matters, and advance care planning. She also teaches health care providers and community partners about legal barriers to patient health and how they can become more effective advocates for their patients and clients. She received her Juris Doctorate degree from the University Of Arizona College Of Law and became a member of the State Bar of Arizona in 1984. Before becoming an attorney, she was a Licensed Practical Nurse. She is honored to be part of an interdisciplinary team committed to improving medical care and access to justice for underserved populations.


Prior 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

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