December 21, 2011
State Senator Noreen Evans, '81, received the Stanley Mosk Defender of Justice Award at a Judicial Council of California ceremony on Dec. 10, 2011, in San Francisco.
Evans, who chairs the California Senate Judiciary Committee, is one of two state legislators who serve on the Judicial Council, the policymaking body of the California courts — the largest court system in the nation.
"I am honored to receive this award and doubly honored that it came from my colleagues who have worked so hard to maintain a strong judiciary," Evans said. The award is named after Stanley Mosk, who was an associate justice of the California Supreme Court for 37 years and holds the record as the longest-serving justice on that court.
In making its presentation to Evans, the Judicial Council lauded Evans for playing a leadership role in the administration of justice during her time in the legislature and "her commitment in ensuring that the importance of the standing firm in protecting the courts from having to take on new responsibilities at the same time the courts are being asked to take unprecedented budget reductions and do more with considerably less."
Evans, who was elected to the Senate in 2010 after six years in the Assembly, represents all or portions of Humboldt, Lake, Mendocino, Napa, Solano, and Sonoma counties.