Jay Andrews Memorial Scholarship
Mr. Judis "Jay" R. Andrews, Sr. of Phoenix AZ transitioned from this life on December 22nd, 2019 at the age of 78.
Jay graduated from Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law in 1972 and was a mentor and leader to many. In 1989, he founded a law office in his own name, which was operational until his retirement. Aside from being an accomplished lawyer, Jay was a beloved minister who was highly invested in personally bettering his community. He was most proud of his work with Negro Political Action Association, NAACP, C.O.R.E. and Martin Luther King Center, Negro Political Action Association of Arizona and many other civic and community organizations.
Monique Wilhite, a friend of Jay Andrews' shared "Jay Andrews’ conduct was guided by his personal and professional values. Jay was always impeccably dressed, prepared and productive. He was a smart, tough, kind and determined lawyer. Jay stood with his clients in the most difficult circumstances and Jay fought for the rights of African Americans and all people in Arizona that had no voice.
Jay was once quoted as saying “when people have no power and cannot secure the help of their brothers and sisters throughout the country, they suffer at the hands of those in power....Those in power yield to the squeaky wheel philosophy.” Jay made that wheel squeak until someone fixed it and he showed less experienced lawyers how to do the same.
Jay was a powerful advocate, a wise and supportive mentor, and a faithful friend. Jay fought the good fight he finished his race and he kept the faith".
Jay is survived by his wife of over 40 years Cheryl, with a family of eight children and many grand and great-grandchildren. He will also be remembered fondly by the members of the Life House of Worship in Phoenix, AZ, and many other friends and colleagues with whom he became acquainted over the course of his life.
In order to honor the causes to which he dedicated his life, the Judis R. "Jay" Andrews Memorial Scholarship Endowment has been created to provide financial assistance with a preference towards African American students at ASU Law. We appreciate your contribution to this cause as well as your commemoration of Jay's life.
If you are interested in a multi-year gift, please contact Hallie Rexer, Hallie.Rexer@asu.edu or 602-496-0128.