Sharon A. Fullmer Legal Aid Attorney of the Year Award

Established in February 1997, this award recognizes that legal services lawyer in Arizona whose service to low-income people encompasses both aggressive advocacy on behalf of individuals in extreme need as well as impact advocacy designed to address systemic issues affecting significant numbers of low-income people.

2023 Recipient

Habib Azizz Pierce-Byrd is a dual degree alumnus from the University of Arizona’s School of Government and Public Policy and the James E. Rogers College of Law. He also obtained his undergraduate degree in criminal justice from the University of Arizona as well. During his time in the dual degree program, Habib clerked for the Pima County Public Defender’s Office which he conducted research and assisted with trial preparation. Upon graduating from the University of Arizona, Habib clerked for the Honorable Stephen Villarreal and the Honorable Barbara Sattler while preparing to sit for the Arizona Bar Exam. Upon passing the Bar Exam, Habib worked at the Arizona Attorney General’s Office in the Protective Services Section representing Child Protective Services in child dependency, guardianship and termination of parental rights matters.

Habib has been with Southern Arizona Legal Aid since November 16, 2007 employed in the Sacaton Office of the Gila River Indian Reservation. Habib represents members and residents of the Gila River Indian Community in a variety of legal areas including but not limited to family law, minor and adult guardianships, juvenile dependency and delinquency matters, adult criminal matters and adult guardianships. Habib has also taken on the role of Senior Attorney for Social Media Accounts as well.

Previous Recipients

The award has been presented to:

1997     Sharon A. Fullmer (posthumously)
1998 Lois T. Kermott (posthumously)
1999 William E. Morris
2000 Dolores H. Milkie
2001 Thomas J. Berning
Edwad E. Coghlan
2002 Sylvia J. Struss
2003 Veronika Fabian
Denise I. Young
2004 Lydia A. Glasson
2005 George H. McKay
2006 Patricia J. Gerrich
2007 Anthony L. Young
2008 Valerie C. Hink
2009 Rachel Wilson
2010 Prof. Andrew Silverman
2011 Pamela M. Bridge
2012 Mary V. Day
2013 Beverly B. Parker
2014 Ellen Sue Katz
2015 Laura Belous
2016 Stanley Silas
2017 Golden E. McCarthy
2018 Anne M. Ryan
2019 Deonissa Cañez-Anderson
2020 January F. E. Contreras
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2021 Jamie Balson
2022 Nina Targovnik
2023 Habib A. Pierce-Byrd
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