SARAH HERRING SORIN AWARD
2019 SORIN AWARD RECIPIENT WILL BE ANNOUNCED SOON!
Every year during the State Bar Convention, AWLA awards the Sarah Herring Sorin award to an AWLA Member who has demonstrated support and encouragement for the advancement of women in the legal profession. The award is conferred at the Mary Anne Richey Scholarship Breakfast, during which AWLA raises funds for the Mary Anne Richey Scholarship.
The award is named in honor of Sarah Herring Sorin (1861-1914), Arizona's first woman lawyer, and the 25th woman to be admitted to practice in the United States. In the early 1900's, she became the fourth woman to argue a case before the United States Supreme Court. She practiced throughout the Arizona Territory, developing a specialty in mining law. She studied law under her father, and during much of her career, father and daughter practiced law together. She was admitted to the Arizona bar in 1902.
Past recipients of the award are:
Helen Perry Grimwood, Doris F. Mindell, Roxana C. Bacon, Grace McIlvain, the Hon. Mary M. Schroeder, Barbara A. Atwood, Laura A. Cardinal, Amy Schwartz, Georgia A. Staton, the Hon. Janis Ann Sterling (ret.), the Hon. Ruth V. McGregor (ret.), Amelia Craig Cramer, Paige A. Martin, Hon. Rebecca White Berch (ret.), Dee Dee Samet, the Hon. Ann Scott Timmer, the Hon. Donn Kessler, and Barbara LaWall, Hon.Patricia Orozco (Ret.), Hon. Patricia Norris (ret.), and Hon. Margaret Houghton (Ret.)..