Diversity and Inclusion Leadership Award

Established in 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.

2022 Recipient

Frankie Jones was appointed in 2020 to the Phoenix Municipal Court.

Frankie Jones graduated from Creighton University College of Arts and Sciences with a Bachelor of Arts in 1990 where she majored in Political Science and minored in Business. In 1993, she earned her Juris Doctorate from Creighton University School of Law. In 1994 she was admitted to the State Bar of Arizona.

Prior to being appointed to the bench, Judge Jones was a deputy legal defender at the Office of the Legal Defender’s Office, Maricopa County. From 1998-2019, she had been a deputy county attorney at the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office. For twelve years she served as Bureau Chief of the Probation Violation Bureau and later the Justice Court West Bureau.

Judge Jones has been a member of Commission on Diversity. Equality, and Justice in the Judiciary since 2011 and has served as chairperson since 2017.

Since 2005, she has been an active member of the Arizona Black Bar, where she served as secretary and continues to be a member of the Hayzel B. Daniels Scholarship Committee.



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
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