Mark Santana LRE Award


Mark Santana LRE Award

The Mark Santana Law-Related Education Award recognizes exceptional contributions of Arizona attorneys or law firms in furthering education and understanding of the role of the law in our democratic society. This award focuses on public awareness on the contributions that attorneys provide to the community.

Nominations are due March 1st and are to include the individual's name; firm if applicable; address & other contact information; the award for which they are being nominated and contact information of the nominators; a summary of their characteristics, experiences, and service that qualifies them for the award; and support letters from others may be included. The nomination packets should be sent to The Arizona Foundation for Legal Services & Education, ATTN: Kevin S. Ruegg, 4201 N. 24th Street, Suite 210, Phoenix, AZ 85016 or email to

2019 Awardees


Chief Justice W. Scott Bales & Hon. Murray Snow

For over 15 years, the Foundation has hosted the We the People Summer Institute.  The week long program brings together 15 educators from around the state teaching them about how to implement the We the People program in their classrooms.  As a culminating activity, teachers participate in a simulated congressional hearing just like their students would do. 

The teachers get to work with constitutional scholars from a variety of disciplines.  Two of those scholars, Chief Justice Scott Bales and U.S. District Judge Murray Snow, are often the highlight for many of the teachers participating.  Both have volunteered with the Institute for over 10 years.

Both have also volunteered in the We the People regional and state competitions/showcases in various ways, including key note speaker and competition judge.

Their yearly participation has brought the program and institute to a higher level, as they are considered not only prominent individuals in the legal world, but are known nationally for their work. 

2018 Awardee


Hon. Dennis Lusk

Judge Lusk served his country in Vietnam prior to pursuing the field of law. He has tried hundreds of jury trials, often being drug/alcohol cases. He handled the seminal Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus (HGN) case, for which the results had a positive impact for DUI prosecutions. He was even awarded “Prosecutor of the Year” by the Arizona Narcotics Officers Association. Through the years, he has served many positions, including the elected Greenlee County Attorney, Board Member of the Arizona Prosecuting Attorneys’ Association, the elected Justice of the Peace for District 7. As a teaching mentor for the Lower Court Division of the Arizona Office of Courts New Judge Orientation, he has trained both prosecutors and judges on many topics, from proving prior convictions to trial techniques.

He has been volunteering with We the People and Mock Trial for over 13 years. He also actively attempts to recruit other enthusiastic attorneys and judges to participate in the program as well. He has also donated his time and expertise to the Lost Dutchman Marathon, which raises money to fund efforts/programs in the Apache Junction area, including Girl Scouts, R.O.T.C., and college scholarships. Judge Lusk’s generous and hard-working nature is evident in his years of service

2017 Awardee


Bruce Chalk 

10 years ago, Hon. Danelle Liwski recommended Bruce Chalk to a Mock Trial teacher at the then brand new Tanque Verde High School.  Bruce, an excellent trial lawyer and teacher, has stayed with the program and school for those ten years.

Tanque Verde started out with one team, grew to two teams and for the last several years has sent at least four teams to the tournament. Bruce has coached them all. He meets regularly with the students, attends the tournament and continues to inspire his students ever year.

Bruce's dedication to his students and to legal education has made him a wonderful example of pro bono work through law related education


2016 Awardee

Hon. Stephen McNamee 
Hon. McNamee has given his time, expertise and support to the Arizona High School Mock Trial program for numerous years - over 17! He has been a judge in the regional and state tournaments, secured the use of the Sandra Day O'Connor Courthouse for the competitions, and helps fund the state awardees to go to the national competition.

Judge McNamee continues his mentoring of high school mock trial-ers long after the competition ends; Several students have served as interns in his chambers while in law school and have said how much they valued both the experience, and the career advice that he has provided.

These and many more contributions have given countless Arizona students the chance to learn the law and the courtroom experience. The Arizona program would not be as successful without the help of Judge McNamee.

Professor Charles Calleros 


Heather Wellborn


Chief Justice Rebecca White Berch


Hon. Mary Murguia


Hon. Daniel Barker


Hon. Susan Shetter and Janice Wezelman


Judge Barbara Rodriguez Mundell


Pam and Bill Gates


Pinal County Judge William O'Neil


Danielle JanitchOsborn Maledon,

Denise QuinterriState Bar of Arizona

Roni Tropper, Community Legal Services

Dewain Fox, Fennemore Craig 
Danelle Liwski, Pima County Juvenile Court

Honorable Nicole Laurin, Gilbert Municipal Court
Honorable Peter Swann, Maricopa County Superior Court

Honorable Charles W. Gurtler, Jr., Mohave County Superior Court

Lynda Shely (Director of Lawyer Ethics, State Bar of Arizona)

Hon. Robert M. Brutinel (Presiding Judge, Yavapai County's juvenile court)

Lisa Coulter (Snell & Wilmer, Phoenix)

Honorable Roxanne Song Ong (Phoenix Municipal Court, Phoenix)

James Conlogue (Hitchcock, Hicks & Conlogue, Bisbee)
Timothy R. Hyland (Bess & Dysart, Phoenix)

Wendy S. Morton (Maricopa County Attorney, Phoenix)

Michelle T. Lopez (Kimble, Gothreau & Nelson, Tucson)

Keith Bevan (Teilborg, Sanders & Parks, Phoenix)
Adrianne Kalyna (U.S. Trustee, Phoenix)
Jim Lee (State Bar of Arizona, Phoenix)
Candyce Pardee (Gila County Attorney, Globe)

Jim Blake (Maricopa County Attorney, Phoenix)
Mike Goimarac (Apache County Attorney)
Heidi McNeil (Snell & Wilmer, Phoenix)
Janis Ann Sterling (Sole Practitioner, Prescott)

Jay M. Abbey (Retired Judge, Navajo County)
Thompson, DeRose, Montgomery, Cahill (Globe & Lakeside)
Charles Irwin (Elledge & Irwin, P.C., Sierra Vista)
Jay Zweig (Gallagher & Kennedy, Phoenix)

Carey Hyatt (Arizona Court of Appeals, Phoenix)
William T. Kiger (Sole Practitioner, Prescott)
Barbara E. LaWall (Deputy County Attorney, Pima County, Tucson)
Brian Weinberger (Kalish, Forrester and Torres, P.C., Phoenix)

Paul Blunt (Sole Practitioner, Phoenix)
Paul D. Julien (Sole Practitioner, Tucson)
Maricopa County Attorney's Office, Phoenix
Candyce Pardee (Gila County Attorney)

Karen Adam, Judge (Pima County Superior Court, Tucson)
David Gaona (DeConcini, McDonald, Brammer, Yetwin & Lacy, Phoenix)
H. Jeffrey Coker, Judge (Coconino County Superior Court, Flagstaff)
Snell & Wilmer Law Firm, Phoenix

Paul Brinkmann (Mangum, Wall, Stoops & Warden, Flagstaff)
Michael J. Donovan (Suciu, Donovan & Schmitt, Yuma)

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