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Mitchell Roth Service Award

Joyce Holcomb, Esq.

Mitchell Roth Service Award

Joyce Holcomb is a California native.  After graduating from Colton High School, she transitioned to Cal State San Bernardino University. While attending college, she worked as a Legal Assistant for several prominent Family Law attorneys. Ultimately, she graduated from California Southern Law School and has been practicing law since 2006. She has practiced both Probate and Family Law.  In 2012, she became a Certified Family Law Specialist.

Early in her legal career she partnered with Kenneth R. Howe (a reputable Family Law attorney), and they established the firm of Holcomb and Howe, APLC.  Shortly thereafter, she was awarded the Indigent Defense Contract where the firm defended the indigent in contempt cases, represented miliary personnel under the Servicemember Civil Relief Act and acted as Guardian ad Litem for minor children in Paternity cases.

Ms. Holcomb became a solo practitioner in 2012, with her practice’s emphasis being on Family Law.  In addition to representing her clients with the utmost enthusiasm she prides herself on servicing the community at large.

She is a member of the San Bernardino County Bar Association; she is the Family Law Section Chairperson and is the President of The Board of Directors for Legal Aid Society of San Bernardino.

Ms. Holcomb is the proud daughter of Nathaniel and Melba Wilson-Holcomb and is their only child.  She has been happily married to Mr. Darrel Shelton for over 22 years and they have two children and three grandchildren.  She loves spending time with her family and friends.

Her mission in life is to help others in need.

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Mitchell Roth, Esq. (posthumously)

Mitchell Roth Service Award

In December of 2020, our local legal community lost a great lawyer and friend to all.  Mitch lived an amazing life growing up in Manalapan, New Jersey.  He was the son of a lawyer and loved growing up in New Jersey.  His family had season tickets to the New York Giants and Mitch was a lifelong fan.  Mitch loved Bruce Springsteen and attended well over four hundred Bruce Springsteen concerts, most of them right up on the rail by the stage.  This bigger than life man, attended thousands of concerts and sporting events, including World Series games, Super Bowls, and All-Star games in all of the major league sports.  He was an encyclopedia of knowledge in all things related to music, law, and sports.  Mitch always willingly gave his time and money to local not for profit charities.  He served for twenty-five years as a member of the Board of Directors of the Western San Bernardino County Bar Association, and also served as a Board member for the Legal Aid Society of San Bernardino.  Mitch’s sardonic humor was known throughout the courthouses in the Inland Empire, and his wit, intelligence and easy banter made all of us who knew him feel like he was a dear friend.  The professional loss to his clients and our legal community will be felt for many years to come.  Mitchell was truly a great, kind, and caring lawyer.

Several years ago, in 2016, when Mitch was sitting on the Board of Directors of the Western San Bernardino County Bar Association, he along with Angelique Bonanno brought a motion before the Board to honor those in our legal community who go above and beyond in the giving of their time and service.  Due to the recommendation of both Mitch and Angelique, the Service Award was instituted by recognizing an individual in our justice system and was first awarded in 2016.  Since that time, this award has been given in honor of a person who works in our justice system who gives extraordinary efforts to everyone they meet and deal with in providing comfort, compassion, and true justice.

Recently, the Board of Directors of the Western San Bernardino County Bar Association voted unanimously to rename the Service Award as the Mitchell Roth Service Award.  It is somewhat ironic to name an award after this wonderful man who never sought personal praise.  He liked doing his job and working in the background and never sought attention or any honor.  Mitch’s life had such an impact in our legal community and was so exceptional that he deserves the recognition as being one of the best lawyers in generations in our legal community.  Mitch will posthumously receive the newly named Mitchell Roth Service Award this year at our Judicial Awards Ceremony. We know that Mitch would be humbled, honored, and deeply proud to know that his impact on his clients, other lawyers, and judges in our system of justice was so great that his name will now be synonymous with a lifetime of doing good deeds for those in our legal community.

To Mitchell’s family, we cannot thank you enough for sharing Mitchell with us.  He lived a great life but left us way too early.  Rest well, Mitch, we love you dearly.

Past Recipients

2017/2018 – Jim Cochran

2016/20197 – Connie Hall