Benjamin Aranda Award
2013 Recipient: James R. Lambden
Justice Lambden was instrumental in getting the Equal Access Fund established in 1999, and it has brought in over $170 million since that time for legal services programs throughout the state. He has also been a supporter of language access in the courts, has assisted in the development of a set of Access Standards for the local courts, has been involved in the initiation and formation of strategic relationships to fund projects to improve access to justice as well as other access initiatives.
About the Aranda Access to Justice Award
Presented for the first time in 1999, the Aranda Award honors a judge who has demonstrated a long-term commitment to improving access to our courts, and who has significantly improved access for low- and moderate-income Californians. The Judicial Council, the State Bar, and the California Judges Association, in association with the California Commission on Access to Justice, co-sponsor the award. The Aranda Award is named in honor of the late Judge Benjamin Aranda III, who was known for his tireless efforts to promote fairness and access in the courts.
Nominations for the Aranda Award are accepted in the Spring and the recipient is announced prior to the presentation of the award at the California Judicial Administration Conference.
Contact Frank Monti for more information.
Past Aranda Access to Justice Award Recipients