Michael C. Cudahy Criminal Justice Award

Recognizing that criminal law prosecutor who has worked tirelessly to advance the principles of criminal justice by representing the public’s interest with integrity, fairness, tenacity, creativity, brilliance and, above all, professionalism. (Award established 3/17/06)

2020 Recipient

Bill Hughes is the Chief Deputy of the Criminal Prosecution Division of the Yavapai County Attorney’s Office, and a past President of the Yavapai County Bar Association. Mr. Hughes also carries a heavy felony caseload of capital cases and other serious felony offenses.

In 2012, Mr. Hughes received the Arizona Prosecuting Attorneys Advisory Council’s Felony Prosecutor of the Year Award for Small Jurisdictions and has twice received the Felony Prosecutor of the Year and the Excellence in Victim Advocacy Awards from the Yavapai County Attorney’s Office.

In addition to serving as a criminal prosecutor for nearly two decades, Mr. Hughes has also practiced in the areas of criminal defense and complex civil litigation, serves on the Arizona Supreme Court’s Advisory Committee on the Rules of Evidence, is a member of the National District Attorneys Association’s National Human Trafficking Advisory Board, and is the legal advisor to the Yavapai County Child Abduction Response Team. Mr. Hughes has lectured on legal matters throughout Arizona and the United States, and previously served on the Arizona Supreme Court’s Task Force on the Arizona Rules of Criminal Procedure. Mr. Hughes has also volunteered as a Prescott High School mock trial coach for nearly 17 years.

Previous Recipients

The award has been presented to:

2006     Rick A. Unklesbay
2007 Paul K. Charlton
2008 Daniel G. Knauss
Kathleen A. Mayer
2009 Barbara LaWall
2010 Sandra M. Hansen
2011 Beth A. Anderson
2012 Sheila Polk
2013 Hon. Randall M. Howe
Hon. Kent Cattani
2014 Theodore Campagnolo  
2015 Kellie L. Johnson
2016 James Alan Goodwin
2017 Hon. John S. Leonardo
2018 Kimberly H. Ortiz
2019 Ryan P. Green
2020 Bill R. Hughes
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