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2012 Robert R. Mills Member of the Year
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Hon. Glenn Davis

 
Judge Glenn Davis has been an active member of the Maricopa County Bar Association for many years, serving as president in 2008. Since 2006, he has been a judge of the Maricopa County Superior Court, currently serving in Family Court.
 
He began his career in private practice with William J. Friedl in 1979, then served as of counsel to the firm of Goddard & Goddard, during which time he served in the Arizona House of Representatives from 1981-85. In 1988, he entered solo practice in civil litigation, juvenile and family law, also becoming general counsel to the Arizona State Senate Minority. In 2004, he was appointed special assignment commissioner of the Superior Court before moving into his current judicial position.
 
Judge Davis’s volunteer, pro bono and bar association activities are extensive, but it is his exceptional dedication to the creation of two institutions for the legal community and the public that make him a bar member above and beyond: the Maricopa County Bar Hall of Fame and the Maricopa County Justice Museum & Learning Center.  
 
In 2008, while serving as MCBA president, he conceived and oversaw the implementation of the Hall of Fame, which now has honored and memorialized the achievements of 93 extraordinary lawyers and judges. Judge Davis helped develop the criteria for selection, provided his wisdom and guidance to assure the Hall of Fame’s success, and chaired the selection committee from its inception.   
 
Again during his presidency and through today, he was instrumental in reviving efforts to create a museum on the sixth floor of the Historic Maricopa County Courthouse that would be dedicated to showcasing the legal history of Maricopa County and educating the public about the rule of law and the role of lawyers and judges in the justice system.

Creating a task force of bar members and judges, he generated the enthusiasm and support that led to its opening in time for Arizona’s 2012 Centennial. Judge Davis’s nominator says he "provided every imaginable form of leadership and support, from serving as vice-president of the museum board to personally shopping for audio-visual equipment.” He also roused his colleagues on the bench, coordinated efforts between the museum foundation and the county, and used his lunch hour to guide groups of high school students through the museum.
 
The consensus is that the museum would not be in existence today if not for his "unwavering enthusiasm, total commitment, and a willingness to roll up his sleeves and make things happen. He truly embodies the ideals that we strive for as a profession.”

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