Mark Santana LRE Award

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Mark Santana LRE Award

The Mark Santana Law-Related Education Award recognizes exceptional contributions of Arizona attorneys or law firms in furthering education and understanding of the role of the law in our democratic society. This award focuses on public awareness on the contributions that attorneys provide to the community.

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 info@azflse.org.

2018 Awardee

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Hon. Dennis Lusk

Judge Lusk served his country in Vietnam prior to pursuing the field of law. He has tried hundreds of jury trials, often being drug/alcohol cases. He handled the seminal Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus (HGN) case, for which the results had a positive impact for DUI prosecutions. He was even awarded “Prosecutor of the Year” by the Arizona Narcotics Officers Association. Through the years, he has served many positions, including the elected Greenlee County Attorney, Board Member of the Arizona Prosecuting Attorneys’ Association, the elected Justice of the Peace for District 7. As a teaching mentor for the Lower Court Division of the Arizona Office of Courts New Judge Orientation, he has trained both prosecutors and judges on many topics, from proving prior convictions to trial techniques.

He has been volunteering with We the People and Mock Trial for over 13 years. He also actively attempts to recruit other enthusiastic attorneys and judges to participate in the program as well. He has also donated his time and expertise to the Lost Dutchman Marathon, which raises money to fund efforts/programs in the Apache Junction area, including Girl Scouts, R.O.T.C., and college scholarships. Judge Lusk’s generous and hard-working nature is evident in his years of service

2017 Awardee

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Bruce Chalk 

10 years ago, Hon. Danelle Liwski recommended Bruce Chalk to a Mock Trial teacher at the then brand new Tanque Verde High School.  Bruce, an excellent trial lawyer and teacher, has stayed with the program and school for those ten years.

Tanque Verde started out with one team, grew to two teams and for the last several years has sent at least four teams to the tournament. Bruce has coached them all. He meets regularly with the students, attends the tournament and continues to inspire his students ever year.

Bruce's dedication to his students and to legal education has made him a wonderful example of pro bono work through law related education

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2016 Awardee

Hon. Stephen McNamee 
Hon. McNamee has given his time, expertise and support to the Arizona High School Mock Trial program for numerous years - over 17! He has been a judge in the regional and state tournaments, secured the use of the Sandra Day O'Connor Courthouse for the competitions, and helps fund the state awardees to go to the national competition.

Judge McNamee continues his mentoring of high school mock trial-ers long after the competition ends; Several students have served as interns in his chambers while in law school and have said how much they valued both the experience, and the career advice that he has provided.

These and many more contributions have given countless Arizona students the chance to learn the law and the courtroom experience. The Arizona program would not be as successful without the help of Judge McNamee.

2015
Professor Charles Calleros 

2014

Heather Wellborn

2013

Chief Justice Rebecca White Berch

2012

Hon. Mary Murguia

2011

Hon. Daniel Barker

2010

Hon. Susan Shetter and Janice Wezelman

2009

Judge Barbara Rodriguez Mundell

2008

Pam and Bill Gates

2007

Pinal County Judge William O'Neil

2006

Danielle Janitch, Osborn Maledon,

Denise Quinterri, State Bar of Arizona

Roni Tropper, Community Legal Services

2005
Dewain Fox, Fennemore Craig 
Danelle Liwski, Pima County Juvenile Court

2004
Honorable Nicole Laurin, Gilbert Municipal Court
Honorable Peter Swann, Maricopa County Superior Court

2003
Honorable Charles W. Gurtler, Jr., Mohave County Superior Court

2002
Lynda Shely (Director of Lawyer Ethics, State Bar of Arizona)

2001
Hon. Robert M. Brutinel (Presiding Judge, Yavapai County's juvenile court)

2000
Lisa Coulter (Snell & Wilmer, Phoenix)

1999
Honorable Roxanne Song Ong (Phoenix Municipal Court, Phoenix)

1998
James Conlogue (Hitchcock, Hicks & Conlogue, Bisbee)
Timothy R. Hyland (Bess & Dysart, Phoenix)

1997
Wendy S. Morton (Maricopa County Attorney, Phoenix)

1996
Michelle T. Lopez (Kimble, Gothreau & Nelson, Tucson)

1995
Keith Bevan (Teilborg, Sanders & Parks, Phoenix)
Adrianne Kalyna (U.S. Trustee, Phoenix)
Jim Lee (State Bar of Arizona, Phoenix)
Candyce Pardee (Gila County Attorney, Globe)

1994
Jim Blake (Maricopa County Attorney, Phoenix)
Mike Goimarac (Apache County Attorney)
Heidi McNeil (Snell & Wilmer, Phoenix)
Janis Ann Sterling (Sole Practitioner, Prescott)

1993
Jay M. Abbey (Retired Judge, Navajo County)
Thompson, DeRose, Montgomery, Cahill (Globe & Lakeside)
Charles Irwin (Elledge & Irwin, P.C., Sierra Vista)
Jay Zweig (Gallagher & Kennedy, Phoenix)

1992
Carey Hyatt (Arizona Court of Appeals, Phoenix)
William T. Kiger (Sole Practitioner, Prescott)
Barbara E. LaWall (Deputy County Attorney, Pima County, Tucson)
Brian Weinberger (Kalish, Forrester and Torres, P.C., Phoenix)

1991
Paul Blunt (Sole Practitioner, Phoenix)
Paul D. Julien (Sole Practitioner, Tucson)
Maricopa County Attorney's Office, Phoenix
Candyce Pardee (Gila County Attorney)

1990
Karen Adam, Judge (Pima County Superior Court, Tucson)
David Gaona (DeConcini, McDonald, Brammer, Yetwin & Lacy, Phoenix)
H. Jeffrey Coker, Judge (Coconino County Superior Court, Flagstaff)
Snell & Wilmer Law Firm, Phoenix

1989
Paul Brinkmann (Mangum, Wall, Stoops & Warden, Flagstaff)
Michael J. Donovan (Suciu, Donovan & Schmitt, Yuma)

1988
Pima County Attorney's Office, Juvenile Unit - Tucson

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