Hon. John R. Sticht Disability Achievement Award

Established in 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.

2020 Recipient

Rose Daly-Rooney is the Legal Director of the Arizona Center for Disability Law (ACDL). Prior to law school, Rose worked at the Arizona Center for Law in the Public Interest for 6 years as a children’s rights advocate seeking appropriate educational services. After graduating law school, she represented people with disabilities in employment discrimination matters for 11 years at the ACDL. In 2006, Rose joined the Arizona Attorney General’s Office (Civil Rights Division) where she served as an Assistant Attorney General and later, as the Tucson Unit Chief. There, she prosecuted discrimination cases in employment, public accommodations, and fair housing, conducted conciliations, and provided community education and outreach. In 2015, Rose rejoined ACDL as Legal Director and oversees the ACDL’s legal work in disability discrimination in employment, public accommodations, fair housing, and voting and in access to appropriate healthcare, education, and vocational rehabilitation. During her career, she has led legal teams in numerous groundbreaking cases for people with disabilities, such as Goddard ex rel State of Arizona v. Harkins and Enos v. Maricopa Association of Governments and the State of Arizona. Rose has regularly taught Disability Law at Arizona’s two law schools. 


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 Attorney General's Office
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
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