The St. Juan Diego Leadership for the World Award (SJLWA) recognizes lay Catholic leaders in any field of social, professional, cultural and political life, for acting in accordance with–and courageously promoting–the truth and the law brought by Jesus Christ to mankind. Every year the board of directors of TLI proudly award the SJLWA.

Justice William Montgomery | 2020 Awardee

William Montgomery is a justice of the Arizona Supreme Court. He previously served as the County Attorney for Maricopa County from 2010 to 2019.

Montgomery is a West Point graduate and a Gulf War veteran. He graduated from ASU’s Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law in 2001.

During his service as County Attorney, the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office was nationally recognized for its innovative victim services programs, prosecutor led diversion options for substance abuse and first-time felony offenders.

As county attorney, Montgomery was also recognized as a national leader in focusing on community relationships and the use of technology to improve office performance. With crime at historic lows during his tenure, the office focused on fighting crime, honoring victims’ rights, and protecting and strengthening our community. Montgomery also helped shape legislation designed to protect victims of crime and reformed Arizona’s child welfare system, to include the creation of the Office of Child Welfare Investigations and the Department of Child Safety.

Justice Montgomery earned his J.D. from ASU’s College of Law, graduating Magna Cum Laude and received the Order of the Coif. As a West Point Graduate, decorated Gulf War Veteran, former County Attorney, professional prosecutor, and now justice of the Arizona Supreme Court, he has dedicated his personal and professional life to serving others. He is also founder and former board-member for Tepeyac Leadership, Inc.

Alan Sears, 2019 Awardee

Alan Sears serves as Founder of Alliance Defending Freedom. As its first president, CEO, and general counsel, Sears led all strategic initiatives from 1993-2017. He built an international team committed to a comprehensive legal strategy that includes training, funding, and legal advocacy—resulting in important roles in 52 landmark victories at the U.S. Supreme Court.

While serving in numerous positions within the Reagan and Bush administrations, he worked for the Department of Justice and the Department of Interior. A graduate of the Louis D. Brandeis School of Law and the University of Kentucky, Sears has continued his education with professional instruction at the Stanford University Graduate School of Business, Harvard Law School, Harvard Business School, Pepperdine University, and most recently earned a certificate in Catholic Social Doctrine from the Catholic University of America.

In 2017, Pope Francis honored Alan Sears and his wife, Paula, knighting them into the Order of St. Gregory the Great, the highest honor the Pope can bestow upon laypeople. In 2011, Legatus International presented Sears with its Courage in the Marketplace Award.”