William J. Raggio Award

The Nevada Advisory Council for Prosecuting Attorneys annually presents the William J. Raggio Award to a prosecutor who has contributed significantly to the improvement of the administration of justice in Nevada. The award honors the late William J. Raggio, former Washoe County District Attorney and State Senate Majority Leader, who was the inaugural award recipient in 1998. The Raggio Award is presented each year at the Nevada Prosecutors Conference. The following individuals have been recipients of the award:


1999 - Clark County Chief Deputy District Attorney Ben Graham was recognized for his efforts on behalf of
prosecutors at the Nevada State Legislature.

2000 - Clark County Chief Deputy District Attorney Thomas L. Leen was recognized for his treatise on
“Miranda and other 5th Amendment Issues”.

2001 - Clark County Chief Deputy District Attorney William T. Koot was recognized for his treatise on “The Law of Search and Seizure for Lawyers”.

2002 - Former Nevada Attorney General Frankie Sue Del Papa and former Clark County District Attorney
Stewart Bell were co-recipients of the award in recognition of their service and contributions while in office.

2003 - Mills B. Lane was recognized for his exemplary career in Washoe County as Deputy District Attorney,
Chief Deputy District Attorney, Chief Deputy Sheriff, District Attorney, and District Court Judge.

2004 - Retired Clark County Chief Deputy District Attorney Melvyn T. Harmon was recognized for his 29 year
career as a dedicated prosecutor that included the prosecution of 275 felony jury trials.

2005 - Senior U.S. District Court Judge Howard D. McKibben was recognized for his exemplary career,
including service as Douglas County District Attorney and Douglas County District Court Judge, prior to his
appointment to the federal bench.

2006 - Noel S. Waters was recognized for his 21 years as Carson City District Attorney and his
dedication and innovation as a prosecutor.

2007 - Washoe County Chief Deputy District Kristin L. Erickson was recognized for her achievements
on behalf of prosecutors at the Nevada State Legislature.

2008 - Judge Richard A. Wagner was recognized for his exemplary career first as Pershing County
District Attorney and then as District Court Judge for the Sixth Judicial District.

2009 - James H. Tufteland was recognized for his exemplary career as a dedicated prosecutor at the
Clark County District Attorney’s Office, including his achievements as chief appellate deputy and as a
mentor to other prosecutors.

2010 - Judge Archie E. Blake was recognized for his exemplary career as a dedicated prosecutor, as
District Court Judge for the Third Judicial District, and as Senior Judge in the Western Regional Drug
Court.

2011 - U.S. District Court Larry R, Hicks was recognized for his exemplary career, including service as Washoe County Deputy District Attorney and District Attorney, prior to his appointment to the federal bench.

2012 - Clark County Assistant District Attorney Chris Owens was recognized for his 30 years of exemplary service as a dedicated prosecutor, mentor and leader.

2013 - Washoe County District Attorney Richard A. Gammick was recognized for his exemplary career as a dedicated prosecutor in Nevada, including service as Deputy District Attorney, and as District Attorney for five terms.

2014 - Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto was recognized for her dedication and innovation as the chief law enforcement officer for the State during her two terms in office.

2015 – Churchill County District Attorney Arthur E. Mallory was recognized for his dedication and innovation asa prosecutor, and his strong commitment to the community and to justice for all people.

2016 – Clark County Deputy District Attorney Brian Rutledge was recognized for dedicating his entire career to serving the Las Vegas Community, and did so with excellence.