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, and 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 now open. The deadline for nominations is Friday, May 30, 2014. The nominations materials are available here.

Contact Frank Monti for more information.

Past Aranda Access to Justice Award Recipients

Year Recipients
2013 Hon. James R. Lambden
2012 Hon. Juan Ulloa
2011 Hon. Maria Rivera
2011 William C. Vickrey
2010 Hon. Laurie Zelon
2009 Hon. Gordon Baranco
2008 Hon. Francisco F. Firmat
2007 Hon. Kathleen O'Leary
2006 Hon. Donna M. Petre
2005 Hon. Aviva K. Bobb
2004 Hon. Earl Johnson, Jr.
2003 Hon. Kenneth M. Kawaichi
2002 Hon. Donna J. Hitchens
2001 Hon. Charles W. Campbell, Jr.
2000 Hon. Veronica S. McBeth
1999 Hon. Judith McConnell