County Attorney Barbara LaWall
In 1996 Barbara LaWall became the first woman ever to be elected Pima County Attorney. Previously, she had been a Deputy County Attorney for 20 years, during which she prosecuted criminal cases as a trial lawyer; managed the Criminal Division as the Chief Criminal Deputy; and oversaw administrative, budgetary, and policy matters as Chief Deputy County Attorney.

Her top priorities as Pima County Attorney have been holding criminals accountable through tough prosecution, working to prevent crime in our community, providing a variety of supportive services to victims of crime, and running a cost-effective office.
Barbara LaWall photo collage
Her Criminal Division targets serious, dangerous, and chronic offenders for maximum prosecution. In addition to having the lowest plea bargaining rate of any Arizona prosecutor's office, her Office has increased the percentage of violent offenders taken to trial from 24% to 67%, a rate unsurpassed by other Arizona prosecutors' offices.

She leads the state in creating programs that protect children, such as the Safe Baby Program and the AMBER Missing Child Alert. She developed an innovative Community Prosecution Unit that assists landlords with criminal evictions, implemented a nationally studied and recognized truancy enforcement program, operates School Multi-Agency Response Teams in each local school district, and has established neighborhood Community Justice Boards that deal with nonviolent juvenile offenders in a non-court setting.

A nationally recognized expert on criminal prosecution issues, Barbara LaWall has been appointed to numerous commissions and task forces. She is a current member and past chair of the Arizona Criminal Justice Commission and currently serves on the Arizona Prosecuting Attorneys' Advisory Council. In 2003, she was appointed by Governor Janet Napolitano to chair the search committee for the new director of the Arizona Department of Corrections and, in 2006, chaired the statewide Methamphetamine Task Force.
Honors and Awards
  • 88-CRIME Inc.'s Community Partner of the Year
  • 2018
    • 2018 LULAC Community Service Award
    • 2017
      • Gail Leland Founder’s Award (inaugural recipient) presented by Homicide Survivors, Inc.
      • 2016
        • 26th FBI/LULAC Community Service Award
        • Mothers Against Drunk Driving Lifetime Achievement Award
        • Arizona Women Lawyers Association’s Sarah Herring Sorin Award
        • Child & Family Resources' Martha K. Rothman Lifetime Achievement Award
        • 2015
          • Arizona's Children Association Advocacy Award
          • LULAC/FBI Community Service Award
          • 2014
            • Greater Tucson Leadership Founders Award for demonstrated long-term community involvement
            • 2013
              • ABA's Hodson Award for Public Service for outstanding public service
              • LULAC Community Service Award
              • 2012
                • Tucson Biz Women of Influence Award
                • Judge Learned Hand Award is presented to outstanding leaders of the legal profession who exemplify the high principles for which Judge Learned Hand was renowned.
                • 2011
                  • Arizona’s Children Association - Las Familias Centennial Legacy Award
                  • Arizona Attorney General’s Distinguished Service Award for Advocacy and Victim Services
                  • 2010
                    • Tucson Police Foundation Chairman’s Award for Leadership and Service
                    • American Bar Association Criminal Justice Section Norm Maleng Minister of Justice Award
                    • LULAC/FBI Community Service Award
                    • MADD Southern Arizona Community Champions Award
                    • Arizona Women’s Political Caucus Mim Morris Women Making History Award
                    • University of Arizona Program in Criminal Law and Policy Certificate of Appreciation
                    • State Bar's Michael C. Cudahy Criminal Justice Award
                    • Office of the Governor Certificate of Appreciation for professionalism, support and exemplary work as Chair of the Governor's Methamphetamine Task Force
                    • Compass Award
                    • National District Attorney’s Distinguished Faculty Award
                    • U.S. Attorney's Office Law Enforcement Coordinating Council (LECC) Ethical Leadership Award
                    • LULAC 19th Annual Youth Leadership Conference’s Presidential Citation Community Service Award
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