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Lawyers Club established the Belva Lockwood Award in 1985 to recognize members whose contributions to the organization are outstanding. The award is named for Belva Anne Lockwood (1830-1917), who devoted her life to improving the social, economic and political status of women and to advocating equality for all.

About Belva Ann Lockwood
Her career was a series of firsts, including being the first woman attorney to be admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court (in 1879) and other federal courts, and the first woman to run for the office of President of the United States (in 1884 and 1888). Lawyers Club salutes Belva Lockwood’s personal courage and commitment to equality and is proud to honor her memory with this award. Read more...

Recipients of the Lawyers Club of San Diego Belva Lockwood Award:

2016 Hon. Cynthia Bashant

Cynthia Bashant is a federal judge, a community leader in children’s advocacy, a wife and mother of two, and the recipient of the 2016 Belva Lockwood Award. Judge Bashant was appointed to the Southern District of California District Court by President Barack Obama in 2013 and confirmed in May 2014.

Judge Bashant graduated from UC Hastings in 1986 and spent her early years practicing as a civil litigator at Baker & McKenzie. In 1989, Bashant went to work as an Assistant United States Attorney. In her eleven years at the United States Attorney’s Office, she served as Deputy Chief of the Narcotics Division and Chief of the Border Crimes Unit.

Judge Bashant’s dedication as a prosecutor and advocate for victims was recognized by the United States Attorney’s Office with the Victim-Witness Award, Special Commendations for Outstanding Performance as an AUSA, and the Director’s Award for Superior Performance as an AUSA.

Bashant was appointed to the San Diego Superior Court in 2000, serving primarily in the juvenile and dependency courts, where she was Supervising Judge for several years. Bashant has been recognized throughout her career for her contributions to work with children; among her countless accolades, she was the 2012 Judge of the Year Award from the San Diego Juvenile Justice Coalition. She has served on boards of numerous community organizations, including Lawyers Club, where she served as President from 1994 to 1995.
2015 Hon. Katherine Bacal
2014 Teresa M. Beck
2013 Elaine Alexander
2012 Professor C. Hugh Friedman

2011 Vickie Turner
2010 Jay Jeffcoat
2009 Jane Engelman 
2008 Hon. Patricia Yim Cowett 
2007 Lilys D. McCoy 
2006 Jill Burkhardt 
2005 DeAnn Salcido 
2004 Hon. Stephanie Sontag 
2003 George W. Brewster Jr. 
2002 Hon. Cindy Dobler Davis 
2001 Janice F. Mulligan
2000 Candace M. Carroll
1999 Cynthia Thornton
1998 Hon. Madge Bradley
1997 Hon. Paula S. Rosenstein
1996 Kitty Juniper
1995 Rivian Taylor
1994 Janice Kaye Ranson
1993 Judith Copeland
1992 Bonnie Reading
1991 Charles Bird
1990 Paula Hui
1989 Hon. Maria Arroyo Prokop
1988 Bonnie Dumanis
1987 Hon. Marilyn Huff
1986 Hon. Anthony Joseph 
1985 Betty Evans Boone
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