2016 - Barbara LaWall

Formerly an English teacher, Barbara LaWall moved steadily up the ladder until 24 years later, she had the office’s top job — Pima County attorney — the first woman elected to hold that position. She was re-elected to this position in 2012. But the school children have not lost a champion. She still considers helping children and working with families one of her top priorities — so much so that she has become a nationally recognized authority on juvenile justice, parental kidnapping and domestic violence.

How Barbara has Helped Arizona

As Pima County Attorney, Barbara LaWall holds criminals accountable, prevents crime, provides quality victim services and runs a cost-effective office that has the highest trial rate of any Arizona prosecutor’s office. She has led the state in creating and implementing innovative programs to protect children, such as the SafeBaby program and the AMBER Missing Child Alert. She developed and created an innovative Community Prosecution Unit that assists landlords with criminal evictions, runs a nationally studied and recognized truancy enforcement program, operates School Multi-Agency Response teams at each local school district and has established numerous neighborhood Community Justice Boards.