Award of Appreciation

Established in 1989, the Award of Appreciation is  presented by the Board of Governors to that individual(s) who is not a member of the Bar in recognition of outstanding service toward the creation of a better public understanding of the legal profession and the administration of justice, the judiciary or the legislative process.

2021 Recipient

Chris Groninger moved to Arizona in 1998 with a multi-faceted education and professional background focused on creating positive, systemic change to increase access to justice. The Arizona Bar Foundation recruited her in 2007, and as the current Chief Strategy Officer for the Foundation, Chris manages annual grant funding awards and coordinates statewide legal services to those in need. In addition to grant administration, Chris staffs the statewide Steering Committee for Legal Services, oversees the direction of the Foundation’s legal help websites, is the Foundation’s registered lobbyist, and spearheads multiple projects with statewide and national access to justice partners. In addition to her work with the Foundation, Chris currently serves on the Arizona Commission on Access to Justice’s Inter-Governmental Collaboration workgroup and is a member of the Arizona Coalition to End Sexual & Domestic Violence’s Board of Directors.

Previous Recipients

1989     Hon. Rose Mofford
Hon. Barry Goldwater
1990 Sal Quijada
Paul Urbano King
1991 Prof. Paul Bender
Amelia D. Lewis
1992 Hon. Tom Tso
1993 Ken Campbell
1994 Patricia J. Horgan
Karen E. Osborn
Ronald S. Watson
1995 Bruce Hernandez
1996 Paul Rubin
1997 Karen Duffy
Art Rotstein
Joan Tobin
1998 Regina Skouson
1999 Dr. Janet Brown
2000 Maria Hoffman
2001 Helen Cahill
2002 Bill Scott
2003 Donald W. Carson
Myles V. Lynk
2004 Carrie L. Sherman
2005 Emily R. Johnston
2006 Dr. Pearl Tang
2007 Matthew Silverman
2008 Larry C. McVey
Marvin E. Perry
2009 Bennie C. Click
2010 Susan Armstrong
2011 David K. Byers
2012 Alex Jamison
Karen Osborne
2013 William D. Carnegie
2014 John J. Sullivan
2016 Christine C. Iijima Hall
2017 Meredith Peabody
2018 Judith Register
2019 Coconino County Board of Supervisors
2020 Rick DeBruhl
2021 Christine Groninger


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