The Mark Santana Law-Related Education 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 fax to 602-271-4930.

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2016 Awardee

Hon. McNameeHon. 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 Awardee

Prof. Charles CallerosProfessor Charles Calleros
Professor Calleros has been active not only in law related education but in social justice. He founded the HNBA mentoring program in Arizona in the 2005-06 academic year after participating in a conference on pipeline programs co-sponsored by LSAC and the ABA.  Attorneys, law students, college prelaw students, and high school students meet in subject-matter related teams to develop mentoring relationships, and to receive guidance about preparing for and applying for law school, and about succeeding in law school and gaining insights into practice.  Every fall, the group dinner features a 1 hour presentation by an expert on some area of law, with CLE credit to the attorney members. Every winter, the group dinner is preceded by mock trial workshops for middle school and high school mock trial teams, and by a higher education panel for the middle school students, who stay for dinner with the mentoring teams.

On receiving requests from various high school organizations, Prof. Calleros helps coordinate the visits of law students, who provide presentations to these students on law or higher education, or who are available with information and conversation at a table in career fairs. 

This year he addressed undergraduates about free speech and about constructive, constitutional responses to hateful speech, in response to anti-Muslim speech on campus.  The response was gratifying: the Muslim Students Association organized Muslim Awareness Week on campus, providing information about Islam and peace-loving Muslims.

Prof. Calleros was also a member of the original content team that helped to launch Justice O'Connor's legacy project: iCivics, which provides lesson plans, computer games, and other resources for teaching middle school students about our system of law and government.

 

2014

Heather Wellborn
Heather WellbornMs. Wellborn has volunteered her time, knowledge, energy and love for the legal system to benefit the Lake Havasu High School′s Mock Trial Program and Mohave County Probation Departments Teen Court Program for the last 5 years. Heather′s love and passion for the legal system shines through, as she dedicates 2 to 3 nights a week for two hours at a time teaching high school students and students know that her office is always open to them (some students use her library and conference room when needed!) Heather has worked tirelessly to provide the youth of Lake Havasu a chance to learn everything their minds can take in about the legal system. She leads by example, and pushes each student to be the best they can, not only in the courtroom, but in society as well.

2013

Chief Justice Rebecca White Berch
Chief Justice Rebecca White BerchChief Justice Berch has a record spanning a decade of "promoting, inspiring, improving and leading innovations in the field of civic education relating to the justice system". In addition to her broad support for civic education efforts, her leadership has included involvement in several specific civic education programs including Mock Trial, We the People and most recently successfully promoting icivic.org.

Her support has been far-reaching and diverse from on the front lines with teaching icivics.org in a junior high classroom to arranging high-level meetings with legislators and the Arizona Superintendent to garner support for increased civic education in the school.

Chief Justice Berch′s direct involvement and strong support of civic education makes her more than worthy of recognition. Her continued leadership with the Arizona I-Civic-It program to engage students in civic education serves as an inspiration and model for others across the nation.

2012

Hon. Mary Murguia
Judge Mary MurguiaJudge Murguia started the Court Works program with ASU's Office of Youth Preparation in 2004, a melding of Murguia's and OYP's separate presentations in school across the Metro Phoenix area. The partnership provides the opportunity for approximately 325 students to experience mock trials each fall semester. Students prepare to play all roles in the case. Since the program's inception, more than 2,100 eight grade students have participated. Judge Murguia provides the venue (Sandra Day O'Connor Federal Courthouse), organizes the logistics of courtroom usage, plans the general assembly program, and provides classroom sets of "We the People" curriculum books. In addition, she provides communication with law offices, attorneys, judges and other legal professionals to solicit their participation as attorney-coaches on a yearly basis. The program continues and remains strong largely due to the hard work and dedication of Judge Murguia.

2011

Hon. Daniel Barker
Hon. Daniel BarkerDan was the creative energy and nurturing force of the Arizona Court of Appeal's Connecting with the Community Committee. The committee, with a high school, a local area bar association and the Foundation, has, since the fall of 2002, scheduled an appellate oral argument twice a year at different high schools. The purpose of the program is to expose the students to the law, lawyers and judges. Before the argument, Foundation staff work with students to educate them about the appellate issues and help prepare them for the argument. After the argument, the students can ask the lawyers about the case, can question judges (who were not on the panel), as well as members from the local bar association and law clerks. The program not only exposes students to professionals, it helps them to learn that there is more to the law, lawyers and judges than what they might read about or see on television. The program has held arguments in 16 high schools across the state. The Connecting with the Community program is the most of Dan's recent law related education projects. For many years, as a superior court judge, he organized a yearly mock trial for all the 5th grade classes at Greenfield Elementary School, Gilbert, AZ. No doubt some students have gone on to participate in their high school mock trial programs. Dan has also been active in ASU's J. Reuben Clark Law Society. Not only did he and his spouse, Erin, host events for the students in their home, they also have served as presenters for the students at educational programs.

2010

Susan Shetter  The Hon. Susan Shetter (top) and Janice Wezelman have volunteered their time with the Mock Trial program for the last 15+ years, giving up many weekends through October and March each year. As a team, they teach University High School students in Tucson about rules of evidence, how to enter and respond to objections, and the best way to craft direct and cross examinations. Susan and Janice teach the students that it is important to understand all points of view in a case, and to understand each person's story. Students learn how to operate at the highest level of professionalism in the courtroom and to expect the best from themselves.

Janice WezelmanSusan and Jan are "tireless in their devotion" and their "enthusiasm is infectious." The work they have done has touched countless students, many of which they still stay in contact with to this day.

 

2009

Hon. Barbara MundellJudge Barbara Rodriguez Mundell has supported law-related education in many forms throughout the years, from being the spokesperson for the State Bar's Law Day video contest to creating a Spanish-speaking DUI court—which now has a graduation rate that surpasses the English speaking DUI court. Her goal as presiding judge is to establish a community outreach program for the court. She established a Director of Community Outreach post to hold a series of public forum meetings at community colleges throughout the county. This post facilitates not only education of the public, but also getting feedback from the community.

 

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