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)
Richard D. Coffinger, an Arizona native, has been a criminal defense attorney for 49 years. Since 1977 he has been a solo practitioner. Dick also was a Maricopa County Deputy Public Defender from 1972-1975. Dick and one other attorney are the most senior (1980) State Bar Board Certified Criminal Law Specialists in Arizona. Dick received his BS in Economics with distinction (1969) and JD (1972) from ASU.
Dick served as the Young Lawyer President for both the Maricopa County Bar Association (1978) and the State Bar of Arizona (1979) and was an elected member of the State Bar Board of Governors (2005-2017). Dick is a founding member and past president (1995) of the West Maricopa County Bar Association.
Since 2010, Dick has been listed in the LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers, and in Southwest Super Lawyers (2007-2009) and the Best Lawyers in America (2001).
Dick’s law office is housed in the historic First National Bank of Glendale building which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places by the U.S. Department of the Interior. Dick has served the Glendale community as the 1993 president of the Glendale Rotary Club (perfect attendance for 46 years!) and president (1989-1999) of the Glendale Downtown Development Corporation.
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|
|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
|2021||Richard D. Coffinger|
- Award of Appreciation
- Award of Special Merit
- Diversity and Inclusion Leadership Award
- Hon. John R. Sticht Disability Achievement Award
- James A. Walsh Outstanding Jurist Award
- Member of the Year Award
- Michael C. Cudahy Criminal Justice Award
- Outstanding In-House Counsel of the Year Award
- President's Award
- Sharon A. Fullmer Legal Aid Attorney of the Year Award
- Tom Karas Criminal Justice Award