Betty Evans Boone significantly improves the lives of women in San Diego. Her contributions include her efforts to increase the hiring of female lawyers in San Diego in the 1960s, her forty-one years of ongoing and active participation in the Lawyers Club, and her extensive community service work and mentoring. Betty grew up as the only child of two working parents in the segregated South. Although her parents did not attend college, Betty obtained an undergraduate and Master's degree in Business Administration after marrying her high school sweetheart. She began her long relationship with the law and legal services in 1959, with her enrollment in law school at the University of San Diego. Although married, working full time, and with two young children, she was still able to graduate as the second woman to receive a law degree from the University of San Diego in 1964, leaving behind the beginnings of the San Diego Law Review.
In addition to her legal career, Betty actively mentored women graduating with law degrees and developed networks within the legal community. She collaborated with other female lawyers to expose the absence of women working for the San Diego District Attorney’s office, and worked with members of local government entities to address this problem. Betty has remained an active member of the Lawyers Club since 1972. The Lawyers Club is an organization dedicated to the advancement of women in the legal field; Betty has held a number of different leadership roles within the organization over the last forty years.
Betty’s ongoing passion for the law, her mentorship of young up-and- coming female lawyers, and her interest in preserving the history of the Lawyers Club makes her an Empowerer of women in San Diego.