President's Award

Awarded, at the discretion of the president, to that individual(s) who has contributed enormous effort towards the furtherance of the president's goals and priorities during his or her year as president. (Award established in 1996).

2024 Recipients

Judge David Allen graduated from the James E. Rogers College of Law at the University of Arizona in 2004. As an attorney, he worked in both private practice and public service. He has had a varied career including transactional law, personal injury work, criminal defense, and prosecution experience ranging from misdemeanors to complex felony case litigation in the major crimes division of the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office.

He was appointed as a Mesa Municipal Court Commissioner in 2020 assigned to the civil division. Judge Allen was appointed as a municipal magistrate in 2022 and currently oversees a criminal trial docket. Prior to his appointment in Mesa, Judge Allen served in other judicial roles as a Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Pro Tempore and as an Administrative Law Judge for the Arizona Department of Transportation.

Judge Allen has served on the board of the Arizona Black Bar (“ABB”) as vice president and as treasurer. He continues to serve as the Chairperson of the ABB Judicial Diversity and Mentoring Committee offering support and guidance to others seeking a career in the judiciary.

The Arizona Black Bar (ABB), originally founded in 1971, exists to enhance the professional lives of its members; to further the cause of justice in Arizona through active participation in the court system and other bar associations; recognize its special duty to the public; and enhance the public perception of African-American lawyers. ABB facilitates various programs and community activities including, but not limited to, its annual scholarship banquet where it: (a) presents scholarships to Arizona law students; (b) collaborates with Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church to provide 30-minute pro-bono legal consultations every 3rd Saturday of the month; (c) sponsors several CLEs; and (d) hosts an annual holiday party and other program activities throughout the year. In 2024, the organization has focused on improving attorney wellness and has sponsored sound meditation and restorative yoga sessions, nature hikes, dance-party/cardio workouts, and workshops on resilience and financial wellness. To learn more about ABB, please visit our website, here: https://arizonablackbar.com/about-us-1.

Dominic Gomez is a graduate of Arizona State University WP Carey Business School and law school graduate of Boston College Law School.

After law school, Mr. Gomez served as a Judicial Law Clerk for the Honorable Patricia K. Norris, Arizona Court of Appeals Division One.

Since entering practice, Mr. Gomez has been active and involved in the legal community. Mr. Gomez is a member of the Horace Rumpole Inn of Court and served as its Program Chair for multiple years. Mr. Gomez was also selected to the Bar Leadership Institute Program and, thereafter, Mr. Gomez has served on the Civil Jury Instructions Committee for multiple terms and has participated in numerous Civil Jury Instructions subcommittees.

Mr. Gomez worked for more than five years with the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community Legal Services Department, where he provided pro bono legal representation to the Tribe’s enrolled members. While at the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community, Mr. Gomez was nominated and recognized by his Supervisor to be in the running for the Tribe’s Employee of the Year.

Mr. Gomez is married to Shannon, has three children (Xavier, Santiago, and Luna), and volunteers as a Pony, Little League, and Club Baseball Coach.

Arizona Attorney General Kris Mayes is one of Arizona’s strongest consumer advocates and an attorney who has distinguished herself as a fighter for the people in her career of public service. Born and raised on a tree farm in Prescott, the Attorney General attended Arizona public schools before studying political science and journalism at ASU. She went on to become a reporter for the Arizona Republic and Phoenix Gazette before earning her Masters of Public Administration at Columbia University and her law degree from ASU. Attorney General Mayes served in a senior role with the Napolitano Administration in the early 2000’s before being appointed to the Arizona Corporation Commission. She went on to win two statewide elections and served as a Commissioner from 2003 - 2010 and was the Commission Chair from 2009 – 2010. She is the first mom and only second woman to serve as Attorney General.

Barry Wong, a lifelong Arizonan and native of Phoenix, has devoted his career to public service as a lawyer, government official and community leader. His career path led him from serving as a staffer at the Arizona House of Representatives then the State Senate to a lawyer practicing business and administrative law with an emphasis in legislative and government relations. Then as a corporate executive managing government relations for an international health care company. His interest in public policy led him to serving as an elected official in Arizona State Representative for north-central Phoenix for four terms (1993-2001), then as a Corporation Commissioner in 2006 - appointed by the Governor to fill a vacancy. His government service extended to the Executive Branch, most recently completing nearly eight years in the Ducey Administration as Executive Director of the Governor’s Office of Equal Opportunity.

Barry’s community volunteer service includes Board Chairman, Global Ties Arizona; Board Member, U.S. Marshals Posse; and Advisory Board Member and Founding Board Member and past president, Arizona Asian American Bar Association. He has served on the Arizona Supreme Court’s Character and Fitness Committee and the city of Phoenix’ Industrial Development Authority.

Barry holds degrees from The University of Arizona, James E. Rogers College of Law, Juris Doctor, and Arizona State University, W. P. Carey School of Business, Accounting, B.S., Magna Cum Laude.  And, a Certificate in Global Leadership, Thunderbird School of Global Management, ASU.

Previous Recipients

The award has been presented to:

2002     Janet Napolitano
Hon. Robert B. Van Wyck
Hon. Barry C. Schneider
2003 Craig Y. Fujii
Danny R. Ortega, Jr.
Neal Kurn
Barry Wong
Michael R. Rooney
Richard H. Whitney
2004 Art Hamilton
Kathleen A. Mayer
Thomas M. Thompson
2005 Colleen A. Lomax, Esq.
Hon. Rebecca A. Albrecht
Paul Bennett
Edward F. Novak
2006 Diane L. Drain
Jenae R. Naumann
Michael L. Walker
Rawuel Centeno-Fequiere
David B. Rosenbaum
2007 Michael L. Gallagher
Michael Allen Berch
2008 Herbert I. Zinn
Mari I. Valenzuela
Sal J. Rivera
Larry J. Cohen
John W. Rogers
William G. Klain
2009 Pamela A. Treadwell-Rubin
Patrick J. McGroder III
Jessica Gifford Funkhouser
2010 Saji Vettiyil
Brigadier General Richard Gregg Maxon
2011 Maret Vessella
Amy K. Rehm
2012 Senator Jon Kyl
Alan P. Bayham, Jr.
2013 Hon. Janet Napolitano
Lawrence F. Winthrop
2014 Patricia Lee Refo
2015 Robert E. Schmitt
William C. Porter
2016 Thomas M. Ryan
Alex Lane
2017 Thomas L. Hudson
Sheena S. Chiang
2018 Larry W. Suciu
2019 Charles W. Wirken
Laura Zeman-Mullen
2020 Dr. Kolette A. Butler
Hon. Donn G. Kessler (ret.)
2021 Lonnie J. Williams, Jr.
2022 Sam Saks
2023 Staff of the State Bar of Arizona

Hon. David Allen II
Arizona Black Bar
Dominic Gomez
Hon. Kris Mayes
Barry Wong

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