Mike Hellon Honored for Service to Courts
Rebecca White Berch, Chief Justice of the Arizona Supreme Court, last week presented the Chief Justice’s Distinguished Service Award to Mike Hellon for “Outstanding Contributions to the Arizona Judiciary.”
The top award presented annually by the Chief Justice, is given to an individual who has made an “Outstanding Contribution to the Arizona Courts.” Hellon’s award cited his service in “preserving the dignity of the judiciary and for your many years of dedicated service in improving the legal profession.” Hellon is not a lawyer.
In her remarks to the Judicial Conference, Chief Justice Berch cited Hellon’s service of twenty-two years as a small claims hearing officer for the Pima County Justice Court; his service on the Judicial Performance Review Commission, where is the current Chairman; his membership on the Arizona Judicial Council, which is the “board of directors of the court system;” and his service as the only non-lawyer on the faculty of the Judicial College of Arizona.
Hellon is running for District 1 Pima County Board of Supervisors in the upcoming August 28 Primary against three other Republicans including LD 26 Rep. Vic Williams and two newcomers to politics, Ally Miller and Stuart McDaniel. Mike is also divorced from former LD 26 State Senator Toni Hellon.
Here is my previous article about Mike’s candidacy (click here).
I personally know Mike having served over 7 years — also as a part-time Hearing Officer in the Small Claims Division of the Pima County Consolidated Justice Courts, where Mike is one of our trainers. And Mike as a non-lawyer does seem to know more about the law than I do, despite my law degree and several years of practicing.
Congratulations Mike for this award!