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Aranda Access to Justice Award - Judge Carol Brosnahan Alameda County Superior Court

11/14/2019 5:45 AM | Denise Bashline (Administrator)

California Courts Newsroom

November 13, 2019

Aranda Access to Justice Award

Alameda County Superior Court

Judge Carol S. Brosnahan

In partnership with the Judicial Council and the California Judges Association, the California Lawyers Association announced that Judge Carol S. Brosnahan of the Alameda County Superior Court is the recipient of its 2019 Aranda Access to Justice Award. The award honors a judge demonstrating a long-term, tireless commitment to improving, and promoting fairness and access to, the courts, especially for low-and moderate-income Californians.

Judge Brosnahan is celebrating her 40th year on the Alameda County bench, where she operates the county's behavioral health court and has been referred to as a "grass-roots" judge, who renders fair rulings with integrity, and without bias based upon socio-economic status or any other non-relevant factors.

An article in the San Francisco Chronicle earlier this year quoted Jeff Chorney, an Alameda County public defender who often represents mentally ill clients. "She seems to be driven by a real desire to make the world a better placeā€¦I think people in Alameda County might not know who she is, but a lot of people have felt the effect of what she has done."

She will be honored on Nov. 14, 2019, in a presentation that will be live-streamed at 4PM.

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