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Heather Strickland won Inside Tucson Business’ 2019 Women of Influence Legal Champion award on March 6, 2019, for her expertise in adoption and assisted reproduction law, and community outreach. Over 600 people attended an awards program at the Desert Diamond Casino to honor 58 finalists in 20 categories– from arts and education to finance, law, technology and more. Jason Joseph, president/publisher of Tucson Local Media, which hosted the awards, congratulated this year’s 210 nominees who go above and beyond every day to influence the lives of others in Southern Arizona. They “exemplify the hard work it takes to own a business, serve the community through volunteerism, mentor our children, work tirelessly in various professions and bring art and culture to our families,” said Joseph.
The Executive Director of AZAFAP (Arizona Association for Foster and Adoptive Parents), Dan Turner, was one of several people who nominated Heather. Turner wrote, in part: “Heather has a real passion for the work, taking great care to treat each prospective adoptive parent or birth mother as a PERSON– not a case– as they face what is often the most emotionally intense journey of their life. What is more influential than that? She makes the process understandable and the paperwork as painless as possible, toward the best possible outcome. I know from personal experience. She helped my own family adopt two of our three daughters.”
“In addition,” Turner continued, “she has graciously shared her expertise, compassion and resources with hundreds of adoptive families across our statewide Arizona Association for Foster and Adoptive Parents (AZAFAP), including our Adoption 101 and Guardianship workshops.”
A native Tucsonan and graduate of the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law, Strickland began her legal career in 2005. In 2013 she became partners with Scott Myers, Tucson’s foremost adoption attorney since 1975, creating MyersStrickland, PLLC.