|2012 Glenn Davis Member of the Year|
Hon. Glenn Davis receives Mills
Hon. Glenn Davis, judge of the Maricopa County Superior Court, is the winner of the 2012 Robert R. Mills Member-of-the Year Award.
The award was created in Mills’ honor for service above the realm of normal volunteerism. Given annually, with the exception of a recent five-year hiatus, Mills received the first award posthumously in 1984. A prominent trial lawyer with the former firm of Evans, Kitchel and Jenckes, he was an active MCBA member and treasurer of the association at the time of his death at age 51.
Judge Davis, a former president of the MCBA, is recognized in particular because of two major contributions: the establishment of the Maricopa County Justice Museum & Learning Center and Foundation, and the creation of the Maricopa County Bar Hall of Fame.
Judge Davis was instrumental in reviving efforts to create a museum on the Sixth Floor of the Old Courthouse in downtown Phoenix to showcase the legal history of the county and to educate the public about the rule of law and the role of lawyers and judges in the legal system.
Its grand opening in May of this year is a tribute to his “unwavering enthusiasm, total commitment, and a willingness to roll up his sleeves and …make things happen,” wrote a nominator. “He truly embodies the ideals that we strive for as a profession.”
Judge Davis was also the driving force behind the creation of the Maricopa County Bar Hall of Fame in 2008 and has chaired its selection committee each year since. Because of his vision and dedication, more than 90 Arizona legal greats have been honored for their extraordinary contributions to the justice system and the community. All will have a permanent place in the Justice Museum.
Judge Davis, presently assigned to Family Court, has been a judge of the Superior Court since 2006. He had previously served as a commissioner, was previously a solo practitioner and general counsel to the Arizona State Senate Minority, of counsel to the firm of Goddard & Goddard, and began his career as associate then partner with William Friedl in 1979. He was also an elected member of the Arizona House of Representatives in 1981-1985.
Other activities and recognitions have included: past member, board of directors of the Arizona Trial Lawyers’ Association; co-chair of the Maricopa County Bench-Bar Conference; former chair, Executive Council for the State Bar of Arizona Juvenile Law Section; recipient of the State Bar of Arizona Foundation for Legal Services and Education’s “Arizona’s Top 50 Pro Bono Lawyers” award in 2003, the VLP’s “Life Saver Award” in 2002, and the VLP’s “Sole Practitioner of the Year” award in 1994; and the State Bar’s “Chandler Award” in 1999 for contributions in the field of juvenile law.