Lady Justice Award

Lady Justice Lifetime Achievement Award for Legal Advocacy and Community Service

Every year, the Monterey County Women Lawyers Association honors one outstanding member of the local legal community with its Lady Justice Lifetime Achievement Award for Legal Advocacy and Community Service. The recipient of the Lady Justice Award is typically a legal trailblazer who passionately gives back the community.

Criteria for Selection

The Lady Justice Lifetime Achievement Award seeks to recognize a member of the local legal community who has been a strong legal advocate and had a passion for community service throughout his/her career. The recipient shall be selected on the basis of merit. S/he shall:

  1. Be a member in good standing with the California State Bar, or a retired member who retired in good standing with the California State Bar, or a present or past member of the Bench.
  2. Be a present or past member of the Monterey County Bar Association, or Monterey County Bench, or a member of the MCWLA.
  3. Be of outstanding stature in the Monterey County legal community.
  4. Have a demonstrated, exceptional commitment to legal achievement.
  5. Have voluntarily committed a significant amount of time, with no expectation of being paid, to providing community service, whether legal service or otherwise.

Other factors considered may include:

  1. The length of the nominee’s career.
  2. The difficulty of the legal advocacy undertaken.
  3. The success of the legal advocacy undertaken.
  4. The impact of the legal advocacy undertaken.
  5. The type and scope of community involvement demonstrated.
  6. The impact of the community involvement demonstrated.
  7. Contribution of time to and involvement with the Monterey County Bar Association.
  8. Contribution of time to and involvement with the Monterey County Women Lawyers Association.
  9. Legal and/or community involvement services provided to women.
  10. Any other factors recognized by the MCWLA Board of Directors.

Past Recipients

Anne K. Secker, Esq. (2018)

Hon. Lydia M. Villarreal (2017)

Joel Franklin, Esq. (2016)

Hon. Marla O. Anderson (2015)

Comm. Katherine E. Stoner (2014)

Justice Wendy C. Duffy (2013)

Peiti Helfridge, Esq. (2012)

Michelle A. Welsh, Esq. (2011)

Jacqueline P. McManus, Esq. (2010)


To inquire about submitting an early nomination for the 2019 Lady Justice Lifetime Achievement Award for Legal Advocacy and Community Service, please email MCWLA at admin@mcwla.org