Hon. John R. Sticht Disability Achievement Award

Established in May 2006 (amended language in 2015), the Hon. John R. Sticht Disability Achievement Award is  presented by the Board of Governors to recognize either a person(s) in the legal profession or a group, organization or employer, who or which furthers the goals of access to justice and the full participation for people with disabilities in the legal profession and justice system or a person(s) with disability who has demonstrated exceptional depth of inner strength, courage in the face of adversity, and tenacity of purpose.

2023 Recipient

Hon. Danelle Liwski was appointed to Division 6 of the Pima County Superior Court bench on April 8, 2011. She served on the family law bench from 2011 to 2014 when she joined the criminal bench. Beginning July of 2015 through 2017 she also presided over all Pima County criminal competency, criminal mental health court, guilty except insane and sexually violent predator cases. In 2020 – 2021 Judge Liwski helped to develop the first pre indictment drug diversion court in Arizona. She has served as Presiding Criminal Judge and is currently the Associate Presiding Judge for Pima County Superior Court.

Prior to the serving on the Pima County Superior Court bench Judge Liwski presided as a hearing officer over juvenile matters, including juvenile drug court. She also served as an Assistant United States Attorney and Deputy Pima County Attorney.

Judge Liwski received her bachelor’s degree in business from New Mexico State University in 1987 and her law degree from the University of Arizona in 1990. She has been active in the bench and bar with the highlight being the Arizona High School Mock Trial Program.

Previous Recipients

The award has been presented to:

2006     Arizona Center for Disability Law
Office of the Arizona Attorney General
2007 Office of the Pima County Attorney
2008 University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law
Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law at Arizona State University
2009 Mesch Clark & Rothschild PC (Tucson)
Quarles & Brady, LLP (Phoenix)
2010 Pima County Public Defender's Office
2011 Industrial Commission of Arizona
2012 Arizona Center for Disability Law
2013 Phoenix School of Law
2014 Office of the Arizona Attorney General
2015 City of Peoria
2016 Edward L. Myers III
2017 William R. Jones, Jr.
2018 Hon. Lawrence O. Anderson
2019 Bridget O'Brien Swartz
2020 Rose Daly-Rooney
2021 Kacie Taylor Nickel
2022 Donna Powers
2023 Hon. Danelle Liwski
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