Arizona Judicial Branch

2013 DSA Award Winners

2013 Distinguished Service Winners

The Arizona Judicial Branch 2013 Distinguished Service Awards recognize individuals, teams, projects, and courts that have made substantial contributions to Improving Public Trust and Confidence in the Arizona court system and in achieving the goals of Justice 20/20 A Vision for the Future of the Arizona Judicial Branch 2010-2015.


Administrative Director's Administration of Justice Award


Mr. Mike Baumstark, Deputy Administrative Director of the Administrative Office of the Courts

Mr. Mike Baumstark, Deputy Administrative Director of the Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC) was honored at the 2013 Judicial Conference Awards Luncheon held at the Camelback Inn, Scottsdale, Arizona for his commitment to improving the administration of justice in Arizona. Mr. Baumstark is responsible for the day-to-day management and operations of the AOC and its eight divisions and, together with the Administrative Director, assists the Chief Justice and the Supreme Court in overseeing the administrative operations of the Arizona Judiciary.


Supreme Court’s Judge of the Year Award


Honorable Roxanne K. Song Ong, Chief Presiding Judge, Phoenix Municipal Court

On November 16, 2005, the Phoenix City Council appointed the Honorable Roxanne K. Song Ong to the position of Chief Presiding Judge of the Phoenix Municipal Court. Judge Song Ong is the first Asian Woman Judge in the State of Arizona, the first woman and the first minority to be named as the City’s Chief Judge. Judge Song Ong currently serves as Chair of the Commission on Minorities, Member of the Arizona Judicial Council, Faculty for New Judges Orientation, and Member of the Commission on Technology. Before joining the Phoenix Municipal Court in 1991, Judge Song Ong served as a judge for the Scottsdale City Court from 1986-1991.


Chief Justice’s Outstanding Contribution to the Arizona Courts Award


Ms. Karen E. Osborne, Director, Maricopa County Election

Ms. Osborne is currently the Director of Elections for Maricopa County.  Ms. Osborn started with Maricopa County in 1991, where she served as Assistant Election Director.  In 1995, Ms. Osborne was appointed as Election Director.  Prior to coming to Maricopa County, Ms. Osborne served as Assistant Secretary of State for Arizona from 1978 to 1991. She briefly served as Acting Secretary of State in 1998.  Ms. Osborne has earned the respect of numerous Arizonans for her continued contribution to Improving Public Trust and Confidence in the Arizona Judiciary.


Arizona Pro Bono Award


Mr. Ernest "Skip" Skinner, Southern Arizona Volunteer Lawyers Program

Mr. Skinner began working with the Southern Arizona Volunteer Lawyer’s Program in 2006. Two of the weekly programs Mr. Skinner offers through the Volunteer Program are: Guardianship Clinics and a Kinship and Adoption Resource Education (KARE) Family Center designed to assist pro se clients seeking Title XIV minor guardianships in Pima County Probate Court. Mr. Skinner conducts twice-monthly Bankruptcy-Advice Only clinics for low-income clients seeking assistance for debt problems and who are considering filing for bankruptcy.  Mr. Skinner’s commitment to the public makes it an honor for the Arizona Supreme Court to acknowledge Mr. Skinner as Pro Bono Attorney of the Year.