a training program aimed at creating a
more diverse, skilled and effective community of equal justice leaders.
Awarded to a WSBA member who exemplifies the spirit of professionalism
in the practice of law, as defined in the
WSBA’s Creed of Professionalism.
Phillip H. Ginsberg
Phillip Ginsberg is a co-founder of Save Darfur – Washington State. In 2011, he coordinated and moderated a symposium entitled “
Combatting Islamophobia — Am I My Brother’s
Keeper?” dedicated to breaking down
barriers between Christians, Muslims
and Jews. In 2009, he received the
Council on American/Islamic Relations Humanitarian Award.
From 1998 to 2001, Ginsberg co-chaired the King County Bar Association’s Martin Luther King Jr. Luncheon
Committee and organized its annual
luncheon, which raised nearly $12,000
in 2013 for the King County Bar Foundation’s Minority Law Student Scholarship Fund. Ginsberg is a co-founder
and charter member of the Seattle International District Rotary Club, which
became the first rotary club in the world
to admit women in 1986.
From 1970–76, Ginsberg was chief
attorney and public defender for the
King County Defender Association and
is past-president of its board of direc-
tors. He is currently of counsel with
the firm Hackett Beecher & Hart, where
his practice focuses on representing
lawyers and other professional service
providers. Since 2009, he has been
disciplinary counsel for the State of
Washington Commission on Judicial
Lifetime Service Award
This award is a special award given for
a lifetime of service to the legal com-
munity and the public.
Donald L. Madsen
Madsen began his legal career at Associated Counsel for the Accused, King County Department of Public Defense (ACA) as a Rule
9 intern just two weeks after graduating
from law school. Since then, he has been
a staff attorney, supervising attorney in
felonies, and managing director. He established and implemented a community
outreach program for ACA attorneys and
staff. Madsen has served as a mentor to
hundreds of lawyers throughout his career, making a commitment to including
more women and people of color in management roles at ACA.
When the Regional Justice Center
opened in Kent in 1995, Madsen was a
founding member of its Court Operations Committee. He was instrumental during the early years of the drug
court, and still serves on the Mental Illness and Drug Dependency Oversight
Committee, the Jail Capacity Advisory
Group, and the Seattle Community
Court Executive Committee.
Madsen has volunteered to prepare
and serve meals at Operation Nightwatch and the Tacoma Rescue Mission,
donated toiletries and food to homeless
shelters, and volunteers with the Fircrest Kiwanis Club. He hosts exchange
students through Rotary International
and has volunteered with local schools.
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Angelo Petruss Award for Lawyers in
Named in honor of Angelo R. Petruss, a
senior assistant attorney general who
passed away during his term of service
on the WSBA Board of Governors, this
award is given to a lawyer in government service who has made a significant contribution to the legal profession, the justice system, and the public.
Maureen A. Hart
Maureen Hart served as the Washingtonstatesolicitorgen- eral from 2005–13, advising
the governor, the Washington Supreme
Court, and the Legislature on complex
and high-profile legal issues. Hart joined
the Attorney General’s Office in 1978,
and previously served as chief counsel
to the State Auditor and Office of Financial Management. She also served as
chief of two divisions and as the solicitor general in 1997. Hart has chaired the
WSBA Rules of Professional Conduct
Committee and the WSBA’s Litigation
Section Executive Committee.
Hart argued Seling v. Young before the
U. S.;Supreme;Court,;successfully;defend-ing Washington’s sexually violent predator statute, and Devenpeck v. Alford,
successfully defending government’s
authority to arrest. In addition, Hart has
Phillip H. Ginsberg; Donald Madsen; Maureen Hart.