Award of Appreciation

Established in April 1988, 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.

2024 Recipient

Gabe Goltz is a proud native of Phoenix and is currently a Program Manager in the Education Services Division of the Arizona Administrative Office of the Courts. Having joined this organization in 2005 focusing on leadership development, he has since expanded his responsibilities to include the administration of Arizona judicial and staff training, leading a team of six. Gabe presents on topics including bias, leadership, procedural justice, law and literature, and law and film. He has presented sessions to audiences locally and nationally, including to the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, the National Association of State Judicial Educators, the State Bar of Arizona, and the Arizona Justice of the Peace Association. Gabe is also a nationally certified instructor for the Institute of Court Management’s “Purposes and Responsibilities of Courts” program. In 2017 he was the co-recipient of the National Association of Bar Executives’ “Community and Educational Outreach Award.” Before joining the courts, Gabe worked in the Graduate College at Arizona State University, coordinating graduate program administration and development. He has a B.A. in Political Science from Northern Arizona University and an M.A., also in Political Science, from the University of Colorado—Boulder.


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
2022 Raising Special Kids
2023 Susan Trentham, Ph.D.
2024 Gabe Goltz


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