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NAWJ 31st Annual Conference

"Justice on the River, Navigating Change"

Memphis, TN • October 15 - 18, 2009



NAWJ 31ST ANNUAL CONFERENCE HIGHLIGHTS
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NAWJ's 31st Annual Conference Justice on the River: Navigating Change

Memphis, Tennessee's historic Peabody Hotel was the site of NAWJ's annual meeting of NAWJ members, this year enhanced by leading program participants from around the country, Tennessean legal stars, local corporate movers and shakers, and guests from throughout the Memphis area, the U.S., and seven nations around the world. Conference Co-Chairs, Memphis City Judge Earnestine Dorse and Tennessee State Supreme Court Chief Justice Janice Holder, with Education Chair Judge Bernice Donald of the U.S. District Court for Western Tennessee joined then NAWJ President Justice La Tia W. Martin to preside over four days of learning, exchange, jubilation and historical reverence. The National Association of Women Judges' 31st Annual Conference, Justice on the River: Navigating Change, drew approximately 400 people who partook of the ready wisdom of Keynote Speakers, former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor and Reverend Samuel 'Billy' Kyles, and explored current developments from among 21 educational offerings in which highly focused discussions with top-level content and informed analysis better enabled participants to make informed decisions in all areas of their professional legal life.

The Memphis Planning Committee's famous Dine Around, where local 'Friends of NAWJ' hosted conference attendees from outside the area, ignited the four-day Conference with a big warm welcome of friendship, conversation, and all around good cheer over dinner in homes around Memphis. Among the many generous hosts was the family of Stephen Hale of the Memphis firm Hale Ľ Dewey Ľ Knight PLLC, who excelled at merging fine dining, good storytelling and exceptional genuine hospitality. All the Dine Around participants shared similarly favored memorable tales of invitation and good cheer. At the Center for Southern Folklore the next night, attendees basked in that rare sight of dancing judges. Ribs, macaroni and cheese, corn bread and greens could not stop the 'happy feet' of judges grooving to the sounds of Memphis' leading blues and rock band. By night's end almost everyone appeared in either a conga line or favorite hustle.

Perhaps one of the nation's most moving museums can be found at the Lorraine Motel, site of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The National Civil Rights Museum chronicles key episodes of the American civil rights movement though a collection of historical items, exhibitions and education programs. Before dinner attendees viewed 'The Witness', Conference Keynote Speaker Rev. Samuel Kyles' remembrance of sharing the last days of Dr. King from the sanitation's workers march to Dr. King's Mountaintop speech to sharing the balcony at the Lorraine Motel on April 4, 1968.

The week's events would not have been possible without the efforts of Friends Committee Co-Chairs FedEx Express Legal Director Jeana Littrell, and Jill Steinberg of Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz. Ms. Littell's outstanding logistical and personnel support throughout the Conference was nonpareil in making this year's Conference a success.

The Conference's final day concluded with a Business Meeting at which NAWJ members voted in the 2009-2010 NAWJ Board of Directors Nominations Slate: President Justice Dana Fabe; President-Elect Judge Marjorie Laird Carter; Vice President of Publications Judge Amy Nechtem; Vice President of Districts Judge Joan Churchill (Ret.); Secretary Judge Sheri Roman; Treasurer Justice Patricia Hurst; ABA Delegate Judge Barbara Ann Z˙˝iga (Special election to replace Hon. Cara Lee Neville); and International Director Judge Sue Pai Yang (assumes office in May 2010).

During the Annual Awards Banquet, the 2009 NAWJ Award recipients were recognized: Joan Dempsey Klein Honoree of the Year to Justice Sonia Sotomayor; Florence K. Murray Award to Hon. Betty Weinberg Ellerin; Justice Vaino Spencer Leadership Award to Justice Betty J. Williams; and the Mattie Belle Davis Award to Judge Sheila Johnson.


HOST HOTEL
Reservations are now being accepted at The Peabody Hotel in Memphis, Tennessee for this year's Annual Conference. Room rates are $199.00 per night plus tax, single or double occupancy, and you may reserve accommodations by calling 1-800-PEABODY (Press 2) and identifying our group name, "National Association of Women Judges." The NAWJ room block is limited, and the rate is subject to availability. Reservations must be made on or before September 26, 2009, to guarantee the conference rate (subject to availability).

Please note, the Peabody Hotel is full on October 14th; however, all other conference nights are available. The Doubletree Hotel, across the street from the Peabody, has been designated as the overflow hotel.

Doubletree Hotel
LOCATION: The hotel is located just across the street from the Peabody
GUEST ROOM RATES: $158 plus taxes
ROOM RESERVATION PROCEDURES:
Individual: The Group will inform each individual attendee to contact the hotel to make reservations no later than September 24, 2009 at 5:00pm CST. Please advise them to call the hotel directly at 901-528-1800, or central reservations at 1-800-222-TREE (8733) to make their own reservations. Each individual will be responsible for providing a valid credit card to confirm the reservation and will receive a confirmation number. Individual reservations can be cancelled up to 24 hrs in advance. Upon cancellation, an 8 digit cancellation number shall be obtained for verification.


REGISTRATION
Conference registration fees are $475 for NAWJ members, $495 for non-members, and $450 for first-time attendees. Download the registration form. NAWJ Member registration fee includes all educational sessions, receptions, meals, transportation to events listed in the program and use of the hospitality suite. Partner/guest registration fee includes all of the above except educational sessions. Registration forms postmarked after the registration deadline of September 15, 2009 must include a $50 late registration fee. If notice of cancellation is received after October 1, 2009, the registration fee, less a $50 processing fee, is refundable. Cancellations received within 3 days of the conference are refundable less a $100 processing fee.

Download the registration form to fax or mail to NAWJ. Send to:

Jeffrey Groton
National Association of Women Judges
1341 Connecticut Avenue, Suite 4.2
Washington, DC 20036
Fax: (202) 393-0125


PROGRAM SCHEDULE

(Subject to change)

Wednesday, October 14 - Pre Conference Activities

2:00PM to 5:00PM NAWJ 2008-2009 Board Meeting
7:00PM to 9:00PM Dine Around (pre-registration required)
Early arrivals are invited to enjoy an evening "at home". Small groups will be hosted in the homes of Memphis locals for some good old fashioned southern hospitality and dining.

Thursday, October 15 - Opening Day

8:00AM to 9:15AM NAWJ Resource Board Meeting
9:30AM to 10:15AM Conference Opening/Welcome
10:15AM to 11:45AM Plenary Session: Gender Bias in Media Coverage
12:00PM to 1:45PM Keynote Luncheon featuring Retired Justice Sandra Day O'Connor
2:00PM to 3:15PM Concurrent Programs
Program 1: The Level Playing Field
Program 2: Where have all the Cases Gone
Program 3: Bloggers, Twitters, Jurors, Judges and Justice; 21st Century Communications in the Courtroom
3:30PM to 4:45PM Concurrent Programs
Program 1: Immigration Issues
Program 2: Judges in the Movies
4:00PM to 7:00PM Shelby Country Courthouse Centennial Celebration
7:00PM to 9:00PM Southern Dining at the Center for Southern Folklore & Café
9:00PM to 11:00PM Hospitality Suite Open
Note: Silent Auction will be open throughout the day

Friday, October 16 - Day 2

7:30AM to 9:00AM NAWJ District Breakfast Meetings
9:00AM to 10:30AM Concurrent Programs
Program 1: Re-entry Programs/Issues
Program 2: Financial Planning
Program 3: International Technical Legal and Judicial Assistance and Outreach ľ How to Get Involved
10:45AM to 12:00PM Concurrent Programs
Program 1: What's Your Point, Honey?
Program 2: Law & Literature
Program 3: Jericho Project
12:00PM to 2:00PM Keynote Luncheon featuring the Reverend Samuel "Billy" Kyles
2:00PM to 4:00PM Plenary Session: How to Avoid Being Targeted in Your Election and How to Handle It If You Are
2:00PM to 4:00PM Plenary Session: Judicial Leadership
5:00PM to 9:00PM Tour of the National Civil Rights Museum and Dinner
9:00PM to 11:00PM Hospitality Suite Open
Note: Silent Auction will be open throughout the day

Saturday, October 17 - Day 3

7:30AM to 9:00AM NAWJ Committee Breakfast Meetings
9:00AM to 10:15AM Concurrent Programs
Program 1: Judicial Productivity and Stress Management
Program 2: Collaborative Law
Program 3: Open Courts & Secret Settlements: A Perspective on the Sedona Conference
Program 4: Education: Inside & Out, the Multiple Benefits of Educational Programs in Prison
10:30AM to 11:15AM Concurrent Programs
Program 1: Diversity in the Profession: Report Card on Women in Law
Program 2: Court Technology: Streamlining Workflow & Enhancing Efficiency
10:30AM to 12:00PM Concurrent Programs
Program 1: Professional Satisfaction: The New Science of Happiness
Program 2: Book Club: Race on Trial: Law and Justice in American History
12:15PM to 2:00PM Business Meeting Followed By Lunch and Investiture
2:00PM to 6:00PM Free Time to Enjoy Memphis
2:15PM NAWJ 2009-2010 Board Meeting
2:30PM Silent Auction Closes
6:30PM to 7:30PM Cocktail Reception
7:30PM to 9:30PM NAWJ Annual Awards Banquet
9:30PM to 11:00PM Hospitality Suite Open

Sunday, October 18 - Fare Thee Well

9:00AM to 10:15AM Farewell Breakfast


SPONSORS

Diamond
LexisNexis«

Gold
Sidley Austin LLP
West, a Thomson Reuters Business

Silver
Adams and Reese LLP
AutoZone
Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC
Court Improvement Fund for U.S. District Court, Western Tennessee
Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP
International Paper

Bronze
Alpha Legal Solutions
Alpha Reporting Corporation
Apperson, Crump & Maxwell PLC
Baptist Memorial Health Care Corporation
Bass, Berry & Sims PLC
BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee
Borod & Kramer, PLC
Butler, Snow, O'Mara, Stevens and Cannada, PLLC
Conwood Company LLC
Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel
FedEx Express
Ford & Harrison LLP
Herman Herman Katz & Cotlar, LLP
Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP
Memphis/Mid-South Chapter of the Federal Bar Association
Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.
Quattlebaum, Grooms, Tull & Burrow PLLC
Rosenblum & Reisman
Sedgwick Claims Management Services, Inc.
ServiceMaster
Tennessee Association for Justice
Thomason, Hendrix, Harvey, Johnson & Mitchell, PLLC
The University of Memphis
Law Offices of Ricky E. Wilkins

Supporter
The Association for Women Attorneys
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP
Center for the Study of Higher Education Foundation
Mark & Miriam Clemons
Chris Cornaghie
Crone & Mason, PLC
Divorce Incorporated
Donati Law Firm, LLP
James M. Finberg
Forman Perry Watkins Krutz & Tardy LLP
The Frager Law Firm, P.C.
Friday, Eldredge & Clark, LLP
Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP
Law Office of Joseph E. Garrett
Glankler Brown , PLLC
Godwin, Morris, Laurenzi and Bloomfield, P.C.
The Hardison Law Firm, P.C.
Harris Shelton Hanover Walsh, PLLC
Hunter Hughes
Jackson Lewis LLP
Lawrence & Russell, LLP
Lawyer's Association for Women, Anne Schneider Chapter
Legal Professionals of Tennessee
Lynn Tillotson Pinker & Cox, L.L.P.
Martin, Tate, Morrow & Marston P.C.
Methodist LeBonheur Healthcare
Mid-South Pulmonary Specialists, P.C.
Danny & Hilda Presley
SpenceWalk, PLLC
Spotswood Sansom & Sansbury LLC
James & Melyne Strickland
Taylor, Pigue, Marchetti & Mink, PLLC
Tennessee Lawyers' Association for Women
Gary E. Veazey, Esq.

In-Kind Supporters
Glassman, Edwards Wade & Wyatt
Memphis Bar Association
Outback Steakhouse


CONFERENCE CHAIRS

Hon. Earnestine H. Dorse, Memphis City Court
Hon. Janice M. Holder, Tennessee Supreme Court


CONFERENCE PLANNING COMMITTEES

FINANCE
Chair: Hon. Jennie Latta, United States Bankruptcy Court, Western District of Tennessee
Hon. Earnestine H. Dorse, Memphis City Court
Ron Dowling, Chief Deputy Clerk of Court, Western District of Tennessee
Anne Fritz, Memphis Bar Association
Hon. Patricia Odell, Shelby County Divorce Referee

REGISTRATION/CLE
Chair: Teresa Jones, City of Memphis Attorney's Office
Lesia Beach, Memphis Bar Association
Hon. Jayne Chandler, Memphis City Court
Ron Dowling, Chief Deputy Clerk of Court, Western District of Tennessee Hon. Karen Massey, Shelby County General Sessions Court, Criminal Division
Hon. Gwen Rooks, Shelby County General Sessions Court, Criminal Division

FRIENDS
Co-chair: Jeana Littrell, FedEx Express
Co-chair: Jill Steinberg, Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC

Amy Amundsen, Rice Amundsen & Caperton, PLLC
Calvin Anderson, BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee
Quitman R. Ledyard, Borod & Kramer, PC
Kristine Gerhard Baker, Quattlebaum Grooms Tull & Burrow, PLLC
Kathryn E. Barnett, Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP
Jim Barry, International Paper
Cynthia Collins, FedEx Express
Ron Dowling, Chief Deputy Clerk of Court, Western District of Tennessee
Gregory M. Duckett, Baptist Memorial Health Care Corp.
Julie H. Ellis, Butler Snow O'Mara Stevens & Cannada, PLLC
Harry Goldsmith, AutoZone, Inc.
John Golwen, Bass Berry & Sims, PLC
Sara Hall, Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority
Thomas L. Henderson, Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart, PC
Russ Herman, Herman Herman Katz & Cotlar, LLP
Gina Higgins, Higgins & Johnson
Tiffany Johnson, The Cochran Firm
Connie Lewis Lensing, FedEx Express
Sheri Lipman, University of Memphis
Miles Mason, Sr., Crone & Mason, PLC
Kathy May, Alpha Reporting Corp.
Elizabeth Robben Murray, Friday, Eldredge & Clark
Randy Noel, Butler Snow O'Mara Stevens & Cannada, PLLC
Amy Pepke, Butler Snow O'Mara Stevens & Cannada, PLLC
Richard Roberts, FedEx Express
Jo Speak, BankTennessee
Ed Stanton, FedEx Express
Shea Wellford, Martin Tate Morrow & Marston, PC
W. Steven West, Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare
Ricky Wilkins, The Law Offices of Ricky E. Wilkins

THEME
Hon. Loyce Lambert-Ryan, Shelby County General Sessions Court, Criminal Division
Dottie McCallen, Memphis Bar Association

PUBLICATIONS
Chair: Dottie McCallen, Memphis Bar Association
Karen Campbell, Apperson Crump & Maxwell, PLC
Tiffany Johnson, The Cochran Firm
Leanne Kleinmann, Skirt! Magazine
Suzanne Landers, The Landers Firm

EDUCATION AND PROGRAMMING
Chair: Hon. Bernice B. Donald, United States District Court, Western District of Tennessee
Hon. Paulette Delk, United States Bankruptcy Court, Western District of Tennessee
Ron Dowling, Chief Deputy Clerk of Court, Western District of Tennessee
Hon. Julia Gibbons, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
Hon. Holly Kirby, Tennessee Court of Appeals
Liz Mason, LexisNexis
Hon. Camille McMullen, Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals
Hon. Diane Vescovo, United States District Court, Western District of Tennessee

KEYNOTE SPEAKER
Chair: Hon. Earnestine H. Dorse, Memphis City Court
Hon. Carolyn Blackett, Shelby County Criminal Court
Hon. Deborah Pace Branan, Branan Law Firm and Shelby County Assistant Divorce Referee

SOCIAL EVENTS
Hon. Carolyn Blackett, Shelby County Criminal Court
Hon. Earnestine H. Dorse, Memphis City Court
Hon. Phyllis Gardner, Shelby County General Sessions Court, Civil Division
Hon. Deborah Henderson, Shelby County General Sessions Court, Civil Division
Hon. Loyce Lambert-Ryan, Shelby County General Sessions Court, Criminal Division
Hon. Kay Robilio, Circuit Court of Tennessee for the 30th Judicial District at Memphis

VOLUNTEER
Chair: Hon. Paulette Delk, United States Bankruptcy Court, Western District of Tennessee
Jennifer Hagerman, Burch Porter & Johnson, PLLC
Stacie Winkler, Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC

HOSPITALITY SUITE
Chair: Hon. Donna Fields, Circuit Court of Tennessee for the 30th Judicial District at Memphis
Hon. Joyce Broffitt, Shelby County General Sessions Court, Criminal Division
Hon. Paula Skahan, Shelby County Criminal Court

SILENT AUCTION
Chair: Kathy May, Alpha Reporting Corp.
Doni May Mills, Alpha Reporting Corp.

FIRST TIME ATTENDEE/MENTOR
Chair: Hon. Camille McMullen, Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals
Hon. Bernice B. Donald, United States District Court, Western District of Tennessee
Hon. Betty Thomas Moore, Shelby County General Sessions Court, Civil Division
Hon. Ann Pugh, Shelby County General Sessions Court, Criminal Division

DINE AROUND
Chair: Hon. Karen Williams, Circuit Court of Tennessee for the 30th Judicial District at Memphis
Hon. Kenny Armstrong, Chancellor, Shelby County Chancery Court
Hon. Jayne Chandler, Memphis City Court
Hon. Camille McMullen, Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals

PLANNING ASSISTANTS
Danielle Mitchell, Law Clerk, United States District Court, Western District of Tennessee
Stevie N. Phillips, Law Clerk, Tennessee Supreme Court


SILENT AUCTION


BECOME A SPONSOR

There are four levels of sponsorship available: Premier: $20,000 Gold: $10,000 Silver: $5,000 Bronze: $2,500

Premier ($20,000)

As a Premier Sponsor, (name of your firm or company) will be prominently recognized as a Sponsor of the entire Conference, including promotional materials preceding the Conference, as well as the four days of educational, networking and social events during the Conference. Your Premier Sponsorship will entitle (name of your firm or company) to the following benefits:
  • Ten complimentary conference registrations (includes all educational sessions, receptions, meals, transportation to events listed in the program and use of the hospitality suite)
  • Ten additional tickets for the October 15th Luncheon Program, featuring Retired Justice Sandra Day O'Connor;
  • Prominent placement of your firm/company's name or logo on Conference promotional material, including press releases, media kits and Luncheon/Reception invitations;
  • Acknowledgment of your firm/company sponsorship at the October 15th Luncheon program;
  • Full page ad in the Conference Program;
  • Acknowledgment of the sponsorship by your Firm/Company in NAWJ's Annual Report; semi-annual newsletter; and on the NAWJ website. These materials are seen by NAWJ's 1,280 members, as well as numerous corporate General Counsel, bar leaders and law school deans.

Gold ($10,000)

As a Gold Sponsor, (name of your firm or company) will be prominently recognized as a Gold Sponsor of the Conference, including promotional materials preceding the Conference, as well as the four days of educational, networking and social events during the Conference. Your Gold Sponsorship will entitle (name of your firm or company) to the following benefits:
  • Five complimentary conference registrations (includes all educational sessions, receptions, meals, transportation to events listed in the program and use of the hospitality suite)
  • Five additional tickets for the October 15th Luncheon Program, featuring Retired Justice Sandra Day O'Connor;
  • Prominent placement of your firm/company's name or logo on Conference promotional material, including press releases, media kits and Luncheon/Reception invitations;
  • Acknowledgment of your firm/company sponsorship at the October 15th Luncheon program;
  • Full page ad in the Conference Program;
  • Acknowledgment of the sponsorship by your Firm/Company in NAWJ's Annual Report; semi-annual newsletter; and the NAWJ website. These materials are seen by NAWJ's 1,280 members, as well as numerous corporate General Counsel, bar leaders and law school deans.
Silver ($5,000)
As a Silver Sponsor, (name of your firm or company) will receive:
  • Five seats at the October 15th Luncheon Program, featuring Retired Justice Sandra Day O'Connor;
  • Acknowledgement of your firm/company sponsorship at the October 15th Luncheon Program;
  • One-half page ad in the Conference Program; and
  • Five invitations to attend the evening receptions where numerous distinguished federal and state judges from Tennessee and elsewhere will be in attendance.

Bronze ($2,500)

As a Bronze Sponsor, (name of your firm or company) will receive:
  • Three seats at the October 15th Luncheon Program, featuring Retired Justice Sandra Day O'Connor;
  • Acknowledgement of your firm/company sponsorship at the October 15th Luncheon Program;
  • Quarter page ad in the Conference Program; and
  • Three invitations to attend the evening receptions where numerous distinguished federal and state judges from Tennessee and elsewhere will be in attendance.