Alumna Katz to Receive National Legal Aid & Defender Association Honor

 Ellen Katz, JD ’80, will receive a National Legal Aid & Defender Association (NLADA) Kutak-Dodds Prize at the association’s annual Examplar Award Dinner on June 26 in Washington, D.C.

Katz is litigation/executive director at the William E. Morris Institute for Justice in Phoenix. The award recognizes her more than 34 years of service on behalf of those in Arizona who cannot afford to pay for legal representation. The award citation notes: “She is a tireless advocate who has brought about real policy change, including statewide improvements in the provision of language access services and the expansion of access to Medicaid. Through exemplary legal expertise and dedication, Katz has protected services and rights for countless low-income people in Arizona.”    

Since 1989, two Kutak-Dodds Prizes have been awarded annually to attorneys who have significantly contributed to the human dignity and quality of life of individuals unable to afford representation. The prizes are jointly sponsored by The Robert J. Kutak Foundation and NLADA in memory of attorneys Robert J. Kutak and Kenneth R. Dodds. They acknowledge two advocates for equal justice, one from the civil legal aid community and another from the public defense community. Katz is receiving the civil legal aid award.

Founded in 1911, NLADA is America’s oldest and largest nonprofit association devoted to ensuring excellence in the delivery of legal services to those who cannot afford counsel.

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