James A. Walsh Outstanding Jurist Award

Recognizing that judge whose career exemplifies the highest standards of judicial conduct for integrity and independence; who is knowledgeable of the law and faithful to it; who is unswayed by partisan interests, public clamor or fear of criticism; who is patient, dignified and courteous to all who appear before that judge; and who endeavors to improve the administration of justice and public understanding of, and respect for, the role of law in our society. (Award established in 1989)

2021 Recipient

Judge Joseph Kreamer grew up in Tucson and attended the University of Arizona for both undergraduate and law school (Bear Down!). He started his legal career at Snell & Wilmer in Phoenix and eventually practiced with now fellow Judge Steve Hopkins as a civil trial lawyer at Hopkins & Kreamer. He was appointed to the Maricopa County Superior Court bench in 2007 by Governor Napolitano. He is currently both the Associate Presiding Judge of the Court and the Presiding Judge of the Juvenile Department.

Judge Kreamer serves on the Board of the Arizona Foundation for Legal Services and Education (the Bar Foundation), on the Arizona Commission on Judicial Conduct, the Arizona Commission on Access to Justice, the Committee on Superior Courts, and the City of Avondale Judicial Advisory Board. He previously served as Chair of the statewide Judicial Ethics Advisory Committee, Co-Chair of statewide New Judge Orientation, on the Arizona Supreme Court’s Task Force on the Delivery of Legal Services, on the City of Surprise Judicial Advisory Board, and on the Board of Community Legal Services.


Previous Recipients

The award has been presented to:

1989     Hon. James A. Walsh
1990 Hon. William P. Copple
1991 Hon. James Duke Cameron
1992 Hon. Frank X. Gordon, Jr.
1993 Hon. Alice Truman
1994 Hon. Stanley G. Feldman
1995 Hon. Robert B. Buchanan
1996 Hon. James Moeller
1997 Hon. Jack L. Ogg
1998 Hon. Ronald S. Reinstein
1999 Hon. Elizabeth R. Finn
2000 Hon. William C. Canby, Jr.
2001 Hon. Thomas A. Zlaket
2002 Hon. Edward L. Dawson
2003 Hon. Michael Daly Hawkins
2004 Hon. Mary Murphy Schroeder
Hon. George B. Nielsen, Jr.
2005 Hon. Michael D. Ryan
2006 Hon. Stephen M. McNamee
2007 Hon. C. Kimball Rose (posthumously)
2008 Hon. Barry C. Schneider
2009 Chief Justice Ruth V. McGregor
2010 Hon. Barbara Rodriguez Mundell
2011 Hon. John M. Roll (posthumously)
2012 Hon. James M. Marlar
2013 Hon. Robert L. Gottsfield
2014 Chief Justice Rebecca White Berch
2015 Hon. Lawrence F. Winthrop
2016 Hon. Andrew G. Klein
2017 Hon. Patricia K. Norris
2018 Hon. G. Murray Snow
2019 Chief Justice W. Scott Bales
2020 Hon. Diane M. Johnsen (ret.)
2021  Hon. Joseph Kreamer
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