– Pima County Attorney Barbara LaWall was honored Friday, June 17, 2016, by the Arizona Women Lawyers Association with the 2016 Sarah Herring Sorin Award
. LaWall was selected in recognition of her long-time support and encouragement for the advancement of women in the legal profession.
“Receiving this award is a great honor,” said LaWall. “I have always believed it is important to support and create opportunities for women’s growth and leadership.”
The award is named in honor of Sarah Herring Sorin (1861-1914), Arizona’s first woman lawyer. She studied law under her father and, during much of her career, they practiced together. She was admitted to the Arizona bar in 1902 and practiced throughout the Arizona Territory, developing a specialty in mining law. She was the 24th
woman to be admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court in 1906, and on November 6, 1913, made history when she became the first woman to appear and win as sole counsel in a case before the Supreme Court.
As the first woman elected Pima County Attorney in 1996, LaWall joins an impressive list of recipients throughout Arizona including judges and fellow prosecutors. LaWall has mentored women at all levels in the Pima County Attorney’s Office and the legal profession and has been instrumental in helping them become effective lawyers and leaders in the community.
“Not only has Barbara LaWall achieved professional excellence in the legal field, but she has paved the way to success for other women lawyers, and I am honored to be part of her administration and work alongside her,” said Chief Deputy Pima County Attorney Amelia Cramer.
LaWall has been the recipient of numerous awards including: the Greater Tucson Leadership’s Founders Award
, the American Bar Association’s Hodson Award for Public Service
, the U.S. Attorney’s Office Law Enforcement Coordinating Council’s Ethical Leadership Award
, Tucson Biz Women of Influence Award
, Judge Learned Hand Award
, the Arizona Women Lawyers Association Alice Truman Leadership Award
, and the Child and Family Resources Martha K. Rothman Award.
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