Diversity and Inclusion Leadership Award

Established in October 2015, the Diversity and Inclusion Leadership Award is presented by the Board of Governors to an attorney, judge, employer, organization, or bar association that significantly advances diversity and inclusion in the Arizona legal community through creative, strategic, or innovative efforts.

2023 Recipient

Amanda Chua is a Commissioner for the Maricopa County Superior Court. She currently presides over requests for Title 14 guardianships and immigration dependency cases in juvenile court.

Amanda was born and raised in the Philadelphia area. She attended Johns Hopkins University and Washington and Lee Law School. In 2004, Amanda served as a Public Defender for the City of Tucson, and in 2007, she moved to the Phoenix area to practice in various areas of civil litigation.

Amanda has worked tirelessly to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion in the legal profession. Amanda was a founding liaison that formed the Arizona Collaborative Bar, a professional friendship amongst 10 sister bars that has lasted since 2015 that received this same award in 2017.

Amanda is the current chair of the Maricopa County Bar Association Equity Diversity & Inclusion Committee. Amanda also currently serves on the boards of both the Arizona Asian American Bar Association (AAABA) and the Maricopa Chapter of Arizona Women Lawyers Association (AWLA).

When Amanda isn’t engaged with professional legal activities, she has volunteered her time for over 15 years playing violin with the Tempe Symphony Orchestra which is one of the few community orchestras that still provides free concerts to the public. Amanda enjoys most of all spending time with her family being the “fun Auntie” to her three nephews and niece.

Previous Recipients

The award has been presented to:

2016 Indian Legal Program at Arizona State University, Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law
2017 Arizona Collaborative Bar
2018 Los Abogados Hispanic Bar Association
2019 Hon. Randall M. Howe
James P. O'Sullivan
2020 Hon. David B. Gass
Ashley Villaverde Halvorson
2021 Hon. Carol Scott Berry (ret.)
2022 Hon. Frankie Jones
2023 Hon. Amanda Chua
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