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California Lawyers Association Celebrates Judge Mark A. Juhas, Recipient of the 2023 Aranda Award

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (September 14, 2023): The California Lawyers Association (CLA) is pleased to celebrate Judge Mark A. Juhas, Superior Court of Los Angeles County, as the recipient of the 2023 Aranda Award. Each year, the Aranda Award, co-sponsored by the Judicial Council, California Lawyers Association, and California Judges Association, in association with the California Commission on Access to Justice, is given to a judge who demonstrates a long-term, tireless commitment to improving and promoting fairness and access to the courts. 

Throughout the course of his career, Judge Juhas has worked to improve services and access to justice in family court, particularly for low- and moderate-income litigants. His work included recommended changes to statutes and court rules and helped create a program to educate and promote the practice of family law to attorneys statewide. 

Judge Juhas has also served as the longtime chair of the California Access to Justice Commission, including direct involvement in the creation of the commission’s Incubator Project. The project is part of a national movement to connect practical training for newer lawyers to help provide affordable legal assistance to low- and moderate-income clients on a range of topics, including family and housing law, labor code violations, and consumer debt.

“For the last 24 years, California Lawyers Association and formerly the Sections of the State Bar of California, has been honored to join our partners in celebrating individuals who are actively working to elevate not only the expectations, but the impact judges, like Judge Juhas have made in communities throughout Los Angeles and beyond,” said Betty Williams, President-Elect, California Lawyers Association. “It’s individuals like Judge Juhas who inspire others to act in ways that inspire change through action.”

Judge Juhas has also led efforts to improve services for self-represented litigants. He has served on the Project Advisory Board of the Self-Represented Litigation Network, the Judicial Council’s Task Force on Self-Represented Litigants, and the American Bar Association’s Standing Committee on Legal Aid and Indigent Defendants. He also serves on the Los Angeles County Law Library Board of Trustees, creating educational programs to assist self-represented litigants.

Alongside the Judicial Council, California Judges Association, and in association with the California Commission on Access to Justice, the California Lawyers Association looks forward to celebrating Judge Juhas on November 16 in Sacramento. To learn more about the 2023 Aranda Award and its past recipients, click here.

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Established in 2018 and headquartered in Sacramento, California Lawyers Association is the statewide voluntary bar association for all California attorneys. CLA’s mission is to promote excellence, diversity, and inclusion in the legal profession and fairness in the administration of justice and the rule of law. Visit us at to learn more about CLA or follow us on Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn, or Twitter.

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