Member of the Year Award

Presented to that attorney(s) who has rendered extraordinary contributions to the programs and activities of the State Bar in the prior year. Hundreds, even thousands, of the Bar's members contribute their time and talent to the work of the Bar, but this award is limited to that individual(s) whose contributions are exceptional. (Award established in 1991)

2021 Recipient

Mark I. Harrison was one of the country’s most respected leaders in legal and judicial ethics and professional liability, and a guiding light in our Arizona legal community. He was a tireless leader, advocate, mentor, and friend. He attended Antioch College (1957), Harvard Law School (1960), and clerked for Justice Lorna E. Lockwood. Mark loved the legal profession, practicing law for over 60 years. Most recently, he was a partner at Osborn Maledon until his death on January 11, 2021. He served as President of the MCBA (1969-70), the State Bar (1975-76), the Arizona Bar Foundation (1991), and on the State Bar Board of Governors (1971-77; 2019-21), ABA House of Delegates (1981-2000), ABA Commission on Women in the Profession, Brown v. Bd. of Education Commission; and as Chair of the ABA Commission to Revise the Model Code of Judicial Conduct. He taught legal ethics at the University of Arizona and Arizona State University Law Schools. He received numerous state and national awards, including the State Bar Walter E. Craig Award and the ABA’s Michael Franck Award for Professional Responsibility. He was married to Ellen Harrison for 62 years and had two daughters and two granddaughters. He is deeply missed.

Previous Recipients

The award has been presented to:

1991     Ed Hendricks
William R. Jones, Jr.
Tom Karas
Daniel J. McAuliffe
Thomas A. Zlaket
1992 Larry W. Suciu
1993 Roxana C. Bacon
1994 Kenneth J. Sherk
1995 Crane McClennen
Robert E. Schmitt
1996 Diane L. Drain
1997 Charles T. Stevens
1998 Michael R. Murphy
1999 Denise M. Blommel
Mary Mangotich Grier
John E. Lundin
2000 Andrew R. Sherwood
2001 Robert W. Browder
2002 Craig Mehrens
Ted A. Schmidt
2003 Hon. Michael Owen Miller
Steven A. Hirsch
2004 Sarah R. Simmons
Aaron Kizer
2005 Michael V. Mulchay
Ronald W. Messerly
2006 Jeffrey H. Jacobson
2007 Lynda C. Shely
2008 Jeffrey A. Hursh
2009 Daniel J. McAuliffe
2010 J. Scott Rhodes
Jeffrey Messing
2011 James E. McDougall
2012 Todd F. Lang
2013 William G. Klain
2014 Amelia Craig Cramer
2015 George C. Chen
2016 Jodi Knobel Feuerhelm
Andrew Jacobs
Brian J. Pollack
2017 Jo Ellen McBride
2018 Paul F. Eckstein
2019 Hon. Patricia K. Norris (ret.)
2020 Gregory R. Gautam
2021 Mark I. Harrison
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