Education Law Awards

AWARDS

Education Law Awards

ASBA presents two Education Law Awards. The prestigious John R. McDonald and Dean Pickett Award and the Rising Star Award. Both awards recognize an emergent attorney each year who is considered a leader in public education for unique and outstanding contributions to Arizona district schools and in alignment with ASBA’s mission in cultivating excellence in locally governed school districts. 

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Education Law Awards

We recognize school board members for the critical roles they play in supporting the ASBA Political Agenda and public education in Arizona. 

The John R. McDonald and Dean Pickett Award recognizes an attorney each year who is considered a leader in public education for unique outstanding contributions to Arizona district schools and in alignment with ASBA’s mission of cultivating excellence in locally governed school districts.

                      2022 Recipient

Jennifer MacLennan, Attorney of Gust Rosenfeld P.L.C. View video here.

                        2020 Recipient

 This year, we wanted to honor our past award recipients, and celebrate all that they have done to support the one million students in our public schools across Arizona. View video here.

2019 Recipient

2018 Recipient

2017 Recipient

Denise Lowell-Britt, Attorney and Equity Partner of Udall Shumway PLC

2016 Recipient

Timothy M. Hogan, Executive Director of the Arizona Center for Law in Public Interest

2015 Recipient

Donald M. Peters, Attorney of Peters, Cannata & Moody, PLC (ret.)

2014 Recipient

Denise M. Bainton, Attorney of DeConcini McDonald Yetwin & Lacy, P.C.

 

2013 Recipient

 

Susan Plimpton Segal, Attorney of Gust Rosenfeld P.L.C     

                 2012 Recipient

John C. Richardson, Attorney of DeConcini McDonald Yetwin & Lacy, P.C.

                 2011 Recipient

Janis Sandler Merrill, Attorney of Tri-District Counsel (Tempe Union High School District, Kyrene Elementary School District, Tempe Elementary School District) (ret.)
 

2010 Recipient

Thomas W. Pickrell, Attorney for Mesa Public Schools

2009 Recipient

Robert M. “Max” Jarrett, Attorney of Udall Shumway (ret.)

2008 Recipient

C. Benson Hufford, Attorney of Peters, Cannata & Moody, PLC (ret.)

2007 Recipient

A. Dean Pickett, Attorney of Mangum, Wall, Stoops & Warden (ret.) 

2006 Recipient

John R. McDonald (dec.), Attorney of DeConcini McDonald Yetwin & Lacy, P.C.

Nominations

Nominations will be accepted from individuals representing any area of Arizona education including, but not limited to, board members, superintendents, administrators and attorneys working with ASBA member districts. Nominations close July 5, 2022.

Selection

The awards committee selects the recipient. The committee is made up of the ASBA immediate past president, 2-3 award recipients (of previous years) representing ASBA member districts, a superintendent and school governing board member.

Notification

The nominator and selected recipient will be notified no later than August 1, 2022.

Award Presentation

The John R. McDonald and Dean Pickett Award is presented on the final day of the ASBA Law Conference, which is held in September at the JW Marriott Camelback Inn in Scottsdale. The recipient, nominee and their guests will be invited.

Video

A video honoring the recipient will be produced by ASBA staff. It will be shown during the award presentation and share via ASBA communication platforms.

Award Criteria

Attorneys eligible for nomination have practiced law and have at least 10 years of education law experience. Nominations should explain why the nominee deserves recognition by the public education community. Award recipients will be selected base on the following criteria:

 

  1. Unique outstanding service to school districts in Arizona meriting singular recognition.
  2. Achievement in the legal profession and involvement in professional legal organizations.
  3. Community contributions supporting social and civic community-based organizations and programs.
  4. Facilitation of mentoring relationships with peer colleagues.

Nomination Guidelines

Nominations will be accepted from individuals within or representing ASBA member districts including, but not limited to board members, superintendents, administrators and attorneys working with public schools. Please note the nominator must be a member of ASBA in good standing. You may provide the following information for each nomination (this is not required): 

 

  • Examples of the nominee’s professional achievements, involvement and community service as outlines in the criteria above.
  • Anecdotes, narratives or stories that help the awards committee get to know the nominee personally and professionally are encouraged.

Additional Information

John R. McDonald and Dean Pickett Award:

Complete the nomination/entry materials here 

The Rising Star Award recognizes an emergent attorney who stands out among peers for outstanding contributions to Arizona district schools and in alignment with ASBA’s mission of cultivating excellence in locally governed school districts.

Nominations

Nominations will be accepted from individuals within or representing ASBA member districts including, but not limited to board members, superintendents, administrators and attorneys working with ASBA member districts. Nominations coming Summer 2023.

Selection

The awards committee selects the recipient. The committee is made up of the ASBA immediate past president, 2-3 attorneys representing ASBA member districts, a superintendents and school governing board member.

Notification

The nominator and selected recipient will be notified.

Award Presentation

The Rising Star Award is presented on the final day of the ASBA Law Conference, which is held in September at the JW Marriott Camelback Inn in Scottsdale. The recipient, nominee and their guests will be invited.

Video

A video honoring the recipient will be produced by ASBA staff. It will be shown during the award presentation and share via ASBA communication platforms.

About the Award

The Rising Star Award was developed to recognize and honor emerging attorneys with five years or less in the legal profession that have shown a commitment to their profession, public education and the clients and communities they serve.

Nomination Guidelines

Nominations will be accepted from individuals within or representing ASBA member districts including, but not limited to board members, superintendents, administrators and attorneys working with public schools. Please note the nominator must be a member of ASBA in good standing. You may provide the following information for each nomination (this is not required): 

 

  • Examples of the nominee’s professional achievements, involvement and community service as outlines in the criteria above.
  • Anecdotes, narratives or stories that help the awards committee get to know the nominee personally and professionally are encouraged.