District Attorney Biography
District Attorney Diana Becton has spent most of her professional career as a judge, lawyer, and manager. On September 17, 2017, she was sworn in as the 25th District Attorney for the Contra Costa County District Attorney’s Office. District Attorney Becton served for 22 years as a judge in Contra Costa County, where she was elected as Presiding Judge.
Her top priority is keeping the streets of Contra Costa County safe from dangerous and violent criminals. District Attorney Becton is committed to safeguarding our communities from crimes that threaten our health, well-being, and livelihood, protecting our seniors from financial abuse, and for working on positive outcomes for our youth.
District Attorney Becton is the Immediate Past President of the National Association of Women Judges, the nation’s leading voice for women in the judiciary. She currently serves as the Chair of the California State Bar Council on Access and Fairness.
A native of California she is a product of Oakland public schools and a graduate of Golden Gate University School of Law. Most recently, District Attorney Becton earned a Masters of Theological Studies at Pacific School of Religion (2015).
District Attorney Becton leads a prosecutorial office of approximately 200 lawyers, investigators, and staff. She is the first woman and the first African-American to serve as Contra Costa County District Attorney since the office was established in 1850.
Over her distinguished career, District Attorney Becton has received the following honors:
- Judge of the Year, Black Women Lawyers of Southern California (2017)
- Thurgood Marshall Award Toronto, Canada, National Bar Association - Judicial Council (2017)
- "Social Justice Award," League of Women Voters, Contra Costa County, (2017)
- Judge of the Year, CABL Bernard S. Jefferson, (2016)
- "Rose Bird Memorial Award," California Women Lawyers (2012)
- Honor for positive contributions to the City of Richmond (2016)
- "Trail Blazer" for Community Service, National Organization of Black Law Enforcement (2014)
- Honoree, Black Women Organized for Political Action (BWOPA) (2013)
- "Women of Distinction," American Business Women’s Association (2012)
- "Women of Distinction," California Women Lawyers (2011-2012)
- "African American Salute," KGO Channel 7 (2012)
- "Judicial Excellence Award," California Association of Black Lawyers, Judicial Section (2011)
- Honoree, Black Women Lawyers of Northern California (2011)
- Dumlao Martial Arts Image Award (2011)
- "Judge of the Year," Alameda-Contra Costa Trial Lawyers Association (2007)
- Award of Judicial Excellence, Charles Houston Bar Association (2006)
In 2007 she was inducted into the Castlemont High School Hall of Fame, receiving the highest honor, as a “Knight in Shining Armor.” She serves on the Board of Directors for Castlemont High School Alumni Association and mentors students.
District Attorney Becton serves as a frequent lecturer and panelist, and she continues to participate in many community outreach activities. She convened "Clean Slate Day" helping individuals to clean up their criminal records. In 2015, District Attorney Becton served as Co-Chair of the "Know Your Rights" Youth Symposium for West Contra Costa County, as part of a national dialogue to educate youth in our communities, and to open the lines of communication between youth and law enforcement. She serves on the Advisory Board of the Law Academy at De Anza High School in Richmond, CA, and she convenes "Get Your House in Order", a program that assists elders and seniors. District Attorney Becton has two adult sons.
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