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.

2022 Recipient

With the mission of strengthening families and systems of care to improve the lives of children who have disabilities, Raising Special Kids serves parents and families of children with the full range of disabilities, from birth to age 26, and provides support, training, information, and individual assistance so families can become effective advocates for their children. Programs and services are offered at no charge and are delivered by staff who are parents themselves of children who have disabilities. We believe that families who understand their rights and responsibilities in education and healthcare systems are better able to partner with professionals to achieve positive outcomes for their children. Raising Special Kids touches the lives of over 10,000 parents and family members each year assisting with issues such as: legal options for families when a child reaches the age of majority; informal and formal dispute resolution options available to families under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA); understanding and navigating Arizona’s Medicaid programs for individuals with intellectual, developmental, physical, and behavioral health disabilities and disorders. Raising Special Kids is an organization founded in 1979 on the principle of families helping families.

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


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