Megan E. Miller truly embodies the spirit of this award and has worked tirelessly throughout her career to support other women lawyers and AWLA. As such, it is with great pleasure that the Southern Arizona Chapter of the Arizona Women Lawyers Association bestows her the honor of the 2013 Alice Truman Leadership Award.
Megan E. Miller is currently Vice President and General Counsel for Long Realty Company, a Berkshire Hathaway affiliate.
Despite having not received her undergraduate education in Arizona (Megan initially attended Barnard College, received her B.A. from Smith College and then her J.D. from Brooklyn Law School) or maybe in part because of it, Megan has been an active and dedicated member of AWLA, mentoring countless women lawyers since the late 1980s when she moved to Arizona.
Megan served on the Southern Arizona Steering Committee for close to twenty years (1992-2010). She held the position as Southern Arizona President from 1994-95. In addition, Megan has represented AWLA at the State level for the past twelve years, first as a member of the AWLA Board from 2000-2010, and since 2011 as a Board member of the AWLA Foundation. She served as State AWLA President from 2000-01.
Megan is, and has always been, active in her alma mater, serving as President of the Smith College Club of Tucson from 2008-2010, again seeking out and encouraging young women to fulfill their dreams.
Throughout her involvement with AWLA, Megan has demonstrated unparalleled support and encouragement for the advancement of women in the legal profession. Megan actively recruited and encouraged women to apply for judgeships. You would be hard-pressed to find a woman who has become a judge in Southern Arizona since she has been involved in AWLA, who was not counseled and shepherded through the judicial appointments process by Megan.
Megan’s six-year term on Appointments Committee of the State Bar of Arizona (2005-2011) similarly motivated her to seek out and encourage qualified women lawyers to serve on a wide-variety of State Bar committees. AWLA would not be the organization it is today without Megan’s tireless efforts on its behalf.
About Alice Truman Leadership Award
Each year the Alice Truman Leadership Award is presented to an AWLA member who has served as a role model for women lawyers and demonstrated support and encouragement for the advancement of women in the legal profession.
Alice Truman was the first woman Superior Court Judge in Pima County. Prior to serving on the Superior Court, Judge Truman had an extensive courtroom career as a justice of the peace in both Colorado and Tucson, where she was also the first woman Justice of the Peace. Judge Truman was elected to the Superior Court by popular vote in 1963. In thirty years on the Court, Judge Truman heard criminal, civil and juvenile cases. She worked on having a specialized probate court and was the presiding Probate Judge when she retired in 1993.
Throughout her career, Judge Truman was an amazing jurist and a trailblazer for women. She was a founding member of the Arizona Women Lawyers Association and the National Association of Women Judges. She also was a past president of the Arizona Judges Association and was honored as woman of the year by the Tucson Business and Professional Women’s Club. In 1993, Judge Truman won the State Bar of Arizona’s Outstanding Jurist Award.
In 1999, the Southern Arizona chapter if the Arizona Women Lawyers Association began awarding the annual Alice Truman Award for Excellence in Leadership. This award has been presented to: Hon. Alice Truman and Jan Wezelman (1999), Dee-Dee Samet (2000), Hon. Lillian Fisher (2001), Barbara LaWall (2002), Sally Simmons (2003), Hon. Nancy Fiora (2004), Hon. Margaret Houghton (2005), Alyce Pennington (2006), Hon. Leslie B. Miller (2007), Hon. Karen S. Adam (2008), Barbara Atwood (2009), Amelia Craig Cramer (2010), Hon. Nikki Chayet (2011), and Kristine M. Fox (2012).