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Tom Karas Criminal Justice Award

Recognizing that criminal defense practitioner who has worked tirelessly to advance the principles of criminal justice by representing clients or the public with integrity, fairness, tenacity, creativity, brilliance and, above all, professionalism. (Award established 2004; amended language 3/17/06)

2020 Recipients

Richard L. Lougee, Jr. received his BA from Franklin & Marshall College in 1969 and then served in the United States Army from 1969 to 1971. After studying in the graduate English program at the University of Arizona (1972-1974), he attended the University of Connecticut Law School and received his JD in 1977. Since then he has practiced law in Connecticut, New Mexico, and Arizona as a public defender, prosecutor and private practitioner.

Rick has tried scores of jury trials in his 43-year career including several capital cases. Two of these capital cases resulted in acquittals on all counts, including a case involving the murder of three individuals at a Tucson market in 1992. His role in the case was featured in an article in the January 17, 2005 edition of The New Yorker.

Rick is also a nationally recognized expert in the defense of cases involving false allegations of sexual abuse and is regularly called upon as consultant, expert witness and speaker at educational functions throughout the country.

In 2002 Rick received the Champion of Justice award in the Pima County and in January 2003, the Arizona Attorneys for Criminal Justice presented him with the John J. Flynn Lifetime Achievement Award.

Randall S. Papetti is a partner in the Phoenix office of Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie LLP, where he has practiced for 26 years. His primary practice is commercial litigation, but for more than two decades, all on a pro bono basis, he has represented clients, consulted with other lawyers, and written and spoken extensively about the forensic medical diagnosis of Shaken Baby Syndrome a/k/a Abusive Head Trauma. Randy is the author of the most comprehensive text ever published about this diagnosis and its use in our legal system, The Forensic Unreliability of the Shaken Baby Syndrome (C. Milroy, M.D. ed., Academic Forensic Pathology Int’l 2018) and his work in the area is recognized in countries around the world.

When he graduated from law school, Randy clerked for United States District Court Judge Robert C. Broomfield, who relayed to Randy that Tom Karas was the finest trial lawyer he had ever seen.

Previous Recipients

The award has been presented to:

2004     Fredric F. Kay
2005 Robert J. Hirsh
2006 Donna Lee Elm
2007 Michael B. Scott (posthumously)
2008 Mark Budoff (posthumously)
Robert J. Hooker (posthumously)
2009 Bruce S. Griffen
2010 Michael D. Kimerer
2011 Michael L. Piccarreta
2012 Darrow K. Soll (posthumously)
2013 Larry A. Hammond
2014 Stanton Bloom
2015 Tom Henze
2016 John M. Sears
2017 Stephen M. Weiss
2018 Walter B. Nash, III
Hon. David G. Derickson
2019 Dwane M. Cates
Thomas N. Crowe
2020 Richard L. Lougee, Jr.
Randall S. Papetti
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