Sacramento, CA – California Women Lawyers is pleased to announce that Judge Diana Becton, Superior Court of California, Contra Costa County, has been selected as the 2012 recipient of the distinguished Rose Bird Memorial Award. Judge Becton is the Presiding Judge of the Contra Costa Court and the first African American Judge to serve as such.
Judge Becton has served on the Contra Costa County Bench with distinction since her appointment in 1995. She earned her law degree Golden Gate University Law School in 1985. Prior to serving on the bench, Judge Becton had her own firm in Richmond, and was previously a partner in a Point Richmond law firm. Judge Becton currently serves on the California Trial Court Presiding Judges Advisory Committee.
The CWL Rose Bird Memorial Award recipients are recognized for their excellence as a jurist, with a longstanding commitment to and/or groundbreaking efforts in the realm of public service. In the tradition of Chief Justice Rose Bird, Judge Becton serves the community as a role model and inspiration to women and female lawyers throughout California.
Judge Becton will receive the award at the CWL Judicial Reception on March 23, 2012. The event will be held at 101 Ygnacio Valley Road, Walnut Creek, from 6 to 8 p.m., and the venue is kindly provided by Whiting, Fallon, Ross & Abel, LLP. Speakers at the reception include California Supreme Court Associate Justice Carol Corrigan, Court of Appeals Justice Martin Jenkins and Contra Costa County Superior Court Judge Lois Haight. Reception Sponsors include Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O’Malley and John Vidano; Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein; Bramson, Plutzik, Mahler & Birkhaeuser; Miller Starr Regalia; Steele, George, Schofield & Ramos; Casper, Meadows, Schwartz & Cook; Alborg, Veiluva & Martin; and Littler Mendelson.
Please join the California Women Lawyers and the Contra Costa County Legal Community in honoring Judge Diana Becton. Advance registration is required for the reception, and can be made at www.cwl.org. For more information or to reserve your attendance, please contact the CWL Executive Office at (916) 646-3114.