Lillian Johnson Award

Lillian O. Johnson Career Achievement Award

The Lillian Johnson Career Achievement Award is a non-annual award presented to advocates who have spent a significant portion of their career dedicated to access to justice.  The Award recognizes the rare advocates who have impacted not only individual clients in need, but also the system of justice.

Nominations are due March 1st and are to include the individual's name; firm if applicable; address & other contact information; the award for which they are being nominated and contact information of the nominators; a summary of their characteristics, experiences, and service that qualifies them for the award; and support letters from others may be included. The nomination packets should be sent to The Arizona Foundation for Legal Services & Education, ATTN: Kevin S. Ruegg, 4201 N. 24th Street, Suite 210, Phoenix, AZ 85016 or email to [email protected].

Awards Acknowledged in conjunction with the Foundation participation in the annual Arizona State Bar Convention.

Email Nomination

2022 Awardee


Ellen S. Katz

Since 1980, when Ellen Katz received her law degree from Washington University, she has devoted her expertise and time to changing the justice system to promote access and opportunity for those most vulnerable. Since moving to Arizona she has worked with a broad spectrum of legal advocacy organizations, including Southern Arizona Legal Aid, the Equal Opportunity Employment Commission, the Arizona Center for Disability Law and the Civil Rights Division at the Arizona Attorney General’s Office. She has now devoted over nine years to public advocacy with the William E. Morris Institute for Justice, where she remains a resource for other legal aid providers as well as an impact litigator in her own right.

Through Ellen’s advocacy the system for those most vulnerable has advanced in numerous areas. Ellen’s representation of the poverty population is extensive. In addition to her focus of ensuring our judicial system is always aware of the needs of those who cannot afford representation, Ellen’s representation of the public strengthens the justice system by giving large number of people access through her advocacy on their behalf.



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