National Consumer Law Center
The Consumer Impact Award
Presented to Rosemary Shahan
In recognition of her visionary leadership
in protecting consumer rights and
preserving access to economic justice
The award was presented by NCLC at the annual Consumer Rights conference in Seattle, October, 2012
NCLC has presented this award only once before, to Jean Ann Fox
Rosemary was introduced by leading national consumer advocate
and former Duke University Law Professor Tom Domonoske
The Consumer Impact Award recognizes exceptional consumer advocates who are non-attorneys,
who would otherwise receive the NCLC Vern Countryman Award.
California Reinvestment Coalition
Bestows the 2011 CRA Tiger Award
for Ferocious Pursuit of Community Reinvestment
Money Magazine: Heroes
A yearlong celebration of 40 people who have made extraordinary efforts
to improve others' financial well-being; May, 2012
"A Driving Force for Lemon Laws"
Rosemary Shahan, President and Founder of Consumers for Auto Reliability and Safety
Why she's a hero: Shahan, 62, has spent three decades fighting on drivers' behalf
for more effective repairs, improved safety, and fairer financing.
CARS was selected by Consumers Union as one of 5 finalists
for the Consumers Union Excellence in Consumer Advocacy Award,
launched to honor those who advocate for consumers.
More about the award
Here is our 90 second video that was entered for the award:
Visit the CARS Youtube page for more of our videos.
available by permission from Consumer Reports
Consumer Attorneys of California
Consumer Advocate of the Year Award, 2009
"For her inspirational efforts in Protecting Consumer Rights and
Improving Consumer Safety in the
Wake of Automaker Bankruptcy Filings"
Consumer Reports on Safety
July 27, 2007
Money Magazine names CARS President one of the
"Class Acts" of 2004
Let us introduce you to a dozen unsung people
who did right by you last year.
Consumer Federation of America
presents Esther Peterson Consumer Service award to
CARS President Rosemary Shahan, widely considered to be
top consumer award in the nation
The Gleitsman Foundation Award of Achievement, 2002
Upon the recommendation of California
Attorney General Bill Lockyer
"For twenty-three years you have continued to work tirelessly, with no support staff and very little money, to improve auto safety and promote fair and equitable treatment for all consumers, particularly low-income consumers, minorities and women.... and for this we salute you." www.gleitsman.org
California Alliance for Consumer Education
"Award for Excellence in Consumer Education" 2001
Consumer Attorneys of California
"Consumer Advocate of the Year 2000"
"For your passionate and persistent pursuit of consumer rights and for
your special ability to make manufacturers of defective and dangerous
products and insurance companies squirm."
Consumer Federation of California Albin J. Gruhn
Consumer Advocate Award (1999)
"In grateful appreciation and recognition of your long
and devoted service to the cause of consumers"
Consumer Action Award of Excellence (1998)
Presented by the San-Francisco based consumer organization,
a leader in consumer education and outreach to minority communities
National Association of Consumer Advocates
Distinguished Service Award (1997)
"In recognition of your deeply principled and passionate
commitment to consumer automotive safety issues"
Distinguished Consumer Service Award (1992)
Congressional Distinguished Service Award (1985)
Consumer Protection and Transportation Safety Subcommittee.
In grateful recognition of outstanding service to the community.
State of California Department of Consumer
Affairs Distinguished Service Citation (1985)