John J. Flynn Lifetime Achievement Award (Two Winners) Sean Chapman & Joseph Chornenky
In recognition of a splendid legal career dedicated to the relentless pursuit of justice, Sean Chapman was the embodiment of a tough, tenacious fighter. He never gave up, no matter the odds, no matter the adversary. He at all times exemplified the best of what it means to be a consummate professional. He was highly-respected by judges, fellow defense attorneys, and prosecutors alike. Though his life and career were cut short, Sean earned the respect and admiration of us all as one of the most honest, decent, caring lawyers to do the job.
Since your admission to our State Bar in 1971, your lifetime dedication to the pursuit of justice combined with your deep conviction to protect our constitutional rights with the utmost integrity, serves as a model for new and seasoned professionals and aspiring criminal defense practitioners.
Jack Williams Appellate Achievement Award
For continually raising the standard to which all appellate criminal defense attorneys aspire: zealous advocacy, an innate understanding of the law and its intricacies, outstanding professional leadership, and meticulous dedication and service to the client above all else. Your work on behalf of AACJ and appellants in 2021 has been instrumental in advancing the state of the law in Arizona to better protect and preserve the rights of the accused.
Past President Award
Thank you for your dedication to AACJ. Your leadership and guidance have ensured AACJ’s success for years to come. Your continued fundraising efforts make sure we can provide the representation our members have come to expect. You have reinvigorated the seminar committee and made sure AACJ did not back down when faced with difficult choices, including pursuing bar charges against those who would wield the criminal legal system for corrupt purposes.