Judge Diana Becton | Trellis: Legal Intelligence + Judicial Analytics

Biography

The Hon. Diana Becton (Ret.) was a judge for the Contra Costa County Superior Court in California. She was appointed to the bench by former Governor Pete Wilson in 1995. She retired from the bench in 2017, and her vacancy was filled by the Hon. Virginia M. George.

Becton received her bachelor's degree from San Francisco State University in 1974. She went on to earn her J.D. from Golden Gate University School of Law in 1985. She also received an M.T.S. in theological studies from the Pacific School of Religion in 2015.

Prior to her appointment to the bench, Becton spent her entire legal career in private practice.

While on the bench, Becton served as a Presiding Judge and an Assistant Presiding Judge of the Court.

After retiring from the Superior Court, Becton was elected to serve as the district attorney for Contra Costa County. She held the distinction of being the first woman and the first African American to serve in that position in the County.

She is the past-president of the National Association of Women Judges. She also served on the State Bar Council on Access and Fairness Committee and was appointed to the Judicial Council Advisory Committee on Civil Jury Instructions.

In 2016, Becton established the Clean Slate Day to help individuals expunge their criminal records.

Her many awards have included the Judge of the Year from the Black Women Lawyers of Southern California in 2017, the Rose Bird Memorial Award from the California Women Lawyers in 2012, and the Trail Blazer for Community Service Award from the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement in 2014.

Becton also serves as a minister at her church.

Education

M.T.S. from Pacific School of Religion (2015) (Theological Studies)

J.D. from Golden Gate University School of Law (1985)

Bachelor's degree from San Francisco State University (1974)

Career

District Attorney at Contra Costa County District Attorney's Office in Contra Costa County, California (from 2017)

Judge at Contra Costa County Superior Court in Contra Costa County, California (1995 to 2017)

Attorney at Private Practice (1986 to 1995)

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