On March 23, 2012, Presiding Judge Diana Becton was honored by California Women Lawyers (CWL) with the 2012 Rose Bird Memorial Award. Family, friends and colleagues surrounded Judge Becton at the sold-out reception in Walnut Creek.
Judge Lois Haight (Contra Costa County Superior Court), Justice Martin Jenkins (First District Court of Appeal), Justice Carol Corrigan (California Supreme Court), Thuy Thi Nguyen (General Counsel, Peralta College), and Judge Becton’s sister Carol Ann Barry each spoke, followed by presentations by the California State Legislature, on behalf of the Chief Justice of the California Supreme Court, as well as the National Association of Women Judges.
Below is a small selection of photos as well as video of the event. You can see many more photos on our Facebook page at Facebook.com/CCCBA.
The Rose Bird Memorial Award was instituted by CWL in 2000 to honor Chief Justice Rose Elizabeth Bird (1936-1999). Chief Justice Bird was a trailblazer, the first women deputy public defender in Santa Clara County, the first women to hold a cabinet-level position in California, and the first female Chief Justice of the California Supreme Court. She was a founding member of California Women Lawyers. The award honors judges for judicial excellence, public service and inspiration to women lawyers. (adapted from the reception program)
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