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NAWJ 34th Annual Conference

Meet Me In Miami

November 7–11, 2012 • Miami, FL

Eden Roc Renaissance Miami Beach




Hundreds Attend "Meet Me in Miami" Conference to Examine National and International Legal, Economic, Social and Health Issues

(Click the section title to view photos from the following conference activities: Mentor/Mentee Meeting for First-Time Attendees and International Judges; Welcome Reception at the Wilkie D. Ferguson, Jr. Federal Courthouse; Opening Ceremonies, Plenary and Luncheon; Noche de Salsa; Friends Luncheon; Business Meeting; Awards Banquet and Panel Programs.)

After two years of planning and leadership, 2012 Annual Conference Co-Chairs Hon. Lisa S. Walsh and Hon. Myriam Lehr, both judges in Florida’s Eleventh Judicial Circuit, successfully gathered judges, attorneys, legislators, physicians, authors and educators to explore national and international legal, economic, social and health issues at the "Meet Me in Miami" conference in Miami, Florida, November 7-11, 2012. The conference was held at the Eden Roc Renaissance Hotel and attracted over 500 persons, 40 of whom were international judges from 27 different countries.

The beautiful coastal shoreline, within view and just a few steps away from the conference’s host hotel, was no match for the energy and enthusiasm of NAWJ’s increasingly infectious annual get together at venues including the Wilkie D. Ferguson, Jr., Courthouse for the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida, the inviting residence of U.S. Appeals Court Judge Rosemary Barkett and, for some, the Homestead Correctional Institution in nearby Florida City.

The Annual Business Meeting saw the swearing-in and recognition of old and new NAWJ leadership and the adoption of a resolution Urging Expeditious Filling of Federal Judicial Vacancies, with the version forwarded to President Barack Obama, U.S. Senate Majority and Minority Leaders, and the members of the Senate Judiciary and Veteran Affairs Committees.

This year’s Awards Banquet recognized the accomplishments of longtime NAWJ members and friends. The 2012 Joan Dempsey Klein NAWJ Honoree of the Year Award was presented to the NAWJ Past President Hon. Fernande R.V. Duffly. The 2012 Florence K. Murray Award honored attorney Roberta Liebenberg, Esq., who also co-chaired NAWJ’s 2007 Annual Conference Friends Committee. The 2012 Justice Vaino Spencer Leadership Award recognized NAWJ Past President the Hon. Dana Fabe. The 2012 Mattie Belle Davis Award was presented to Hon. Sandra Robinson, a former District 3 Director.

The myriad of inviting activities would not have been possible without the additional energy and dedication of the Conference Planning Committee. (The list of Planning Committee members may be found below.) Friends Committee Law Firm Partners Chairs Elizabeth Hernandez, Esq. of Akerman Senterfitt, Linda M. Leali, Esq. of White & Case LLP and Detra P. Shaw-Wilder, Esq. of Koyzak Tropin & Throckmorton, and Corporate Partners Good Government Alliance Chair Mikki Canton of AsiaAmericana International LLC, exhibited fundraising talents which matched the vision of the conference chairs. They raised nearly $200,000 from approximately 50 law firm, corporations, universities, and individual contributors to support conference activities. (The complete list of donors may be found below.) In addition, we acknowledge and greatly appreciate the many volunteers and exceptional guest speakers who joined in making the experience in Miami another NAWJ original.

2012 ANNUAL CONFERENCE PLANNING COMMITTEE
CONFERENCE CO-CHAIRS: Judge Myriam Lehr, Judge Lisa S. Walsh

EDUCATION COMMITTEE
Chairs: Judge Laurel Isicoff, Judge Cindy Lederman
Members:
Judge Rosemary Barkett
Jenelle de la Chuisa, Esq.
Professor Donna Coker
Edward H. Davis, Jr.
Chief Justice Dana Fabe
Judge Ellen Leesfield
Judge Chris McAliley
Judge Kathleen Mulligan
Professor Amy Ronner
Judge Mary Schroeder
Professor Tara Twomey

FINANCE COMMITTEE
Chair: Judge Gladys Perez
Member: Maureen Jaeger

SPEAKERS COMMITTEE
Chair: Judge Gladys Perez
Member: Laura Morilla

INTERNATIONAL JUDGES COMMITTEE
Chair: Judge Mercedes Bach
Members:
Judge Judy Chirlin (Retired)
Judge Rosemary Barkett
Justice Ann Walsh Bradley
Judge Beverly Cutler (Retired)
Judge Beverly Sherman Nash
Judge Gladys Perez
Judge Geraldine Sparrow
Judge Carolyn Temin

SOCIAL EVENTS COMMITTEE
Chairs: Judge Nushin Sayfie, Judge Lourdes Simon
Member: Amy Rosenberg

VOLUNTEERS COMMITTEE
Chair: Judge Marcia Caballero
Member: Judge Andrea Wolfson

MENTOR-MENTEE COMMITTEE
Chair:Judge Monica Gordo

RECEPTION HOST COMMITTEE
Chairs:Judge Joan A. Lenard, Assistant Dean Georgina Angones, Associate Dean Raquel Matas
Members:
Jacqueline Becerra
Judge Marcia Caballero
Judge Barbara Lagoa
Bruce Lehr
LillyAnn Sanchez

SECURITY COMMITTEE
Chairs:Judge Spencer Multack, Judge Rodolfo “Rudy” Ruiz

EXCURSIONS COMMITTEE
Chairs:Judge Marisa Tinkler Mendez, Judge Valerie Manno Schurr

WOMEN IN PRISON COMMITTEE
Chair: Judge Simone Marstiller


SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 7, 2012

2011 - 2012 Board of Directors Meeting
Time: 11:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Mentor/Mentee Meeting for First time Attendees and International Judges
Time: 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Welcome Reception at the Wilkie D. Ferguson, Jr. Federal Courthouse for the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida
Time: 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Location: 400 North Miami Avenue, Downtown Miami, between 3rd and 5th Streets.
Buses will depart from the hotel for the Courthouse at 5:15 p.m., and return attendees to the hotel at 7:30 p.m.

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 8, 2012

Morning Yoga
Time: 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m.

Breakfast
Time: 7:30 a.m. to 8:45 a.m.

CONFERENCE OPENING

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.
Location: Ocean Tower I, Salons B & C, Eden Roc Renaissance

Welcome Remarks
Hon. Amy L. Nechtem, NAWJ President; Judge, Massachusetts Juvenile Court
Hon. Lisa S. Walsh, 2012 NAWJ 34th Annual Conference Co-Chair; Judge, 11th Judicial Circuit of Florida, Criminal Division
Hon. Myriam Lehr, 2012 NAWJ 34th Annual Conference Co-Chair; Judge, 11th Judicial Circuit of Florida, Civil Division
Dignitaries

Plenary Session - We Can Do It! Fighting Back to Protect Judicial Independence Click here to read biographies of program participants.
Time: 10:15 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.

Dahlia Lithwick, senior editor at Slate will provide an overview of the emerging themes on the topic of judicial independence, and how they are manifested around the country. Attention will be given to themes in the 2012 election, and results related to this topic. From the perspectives of the state, federal, and administrative law benches, the panel will address the importance of fighting back against attacks on judicial independence, ethical responses, the need to be vigilant, and to the importance of a long-range view. Additional topics addressed will be attempts by special interest groups to intimidate sitting judges, attacks on the independence of the federal judiciary, and challenges faced by administrative law judges.

Moderator:Kelly M. Dermody, Esq., Lieff, Cabraser, Heimann & Bernstein, LLP
  
Panelists:Chief Justice Dana Fabe, Alaska Supreme Court
 Dahlia Lithwick, Senior Editor, Slate
 Immigration Judge Dana Leigh Marks, U.S. Department of Justice
 Judge Mary M. Schroeder, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

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KEYNOTE LUNCHEON
Speaker: Lisa Bloom, author of Think: Straight Talk for Women to Stay Smart in a Dumbed-Down World.
Time: 12:15 p.m. to 1:45 p.m.

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CONCURRENT SESSIONS
Time: 2:00 p.m. to 3:15 p.m.

Judith Resnik on “Representing Justice”
Yale Law School Professor Judith Resnik will speak about a book she co-authored with Dennis Curtis, “Representing Justice”. The book maps the icon of Justice, a woman with scales and sword, and traces the development of public spaces dedicated to justice, courthouses, exploring the evolution of adjudication to its modern form. The book also analyzes how Renaissance “rites” of judgment turned into democratic “rights,” requiring governments to respect judicial independence, provide open and public hearings, and accord access and dignity to “every person.”

Lawyering and Justice – Emerging Issues of Nations in Transition Click here to read biographies of program participants.
This panel will look at the challenges that women lawyers and judges are facing as the world around them changes. We will look at issues in the Middle and Far East, as well as those much closer to home in the Caribbean and Venezuela.

Moderator:Judge Rosemary Barkett, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  
Panelists:Judge Ihssan Barakat, Appeals Court, Jordan
 Hon. Graciela Dixon, Chief Executive Officer and Founding Partner, Dixon Attorneys
 Lady Justice Murugi G. Mugo, High Court of Kenya

Mindfulness and Stress Reduction Click here to read biographies of program participants.
Mindfulness is the practice of paying attention to the present moment. In recent years, mindfulness practices have become a topic of growing interest in both medical science and neuroscience research. Each panelist has practiced mindfulness meditation and found it beneficial to their personal and professional life. Dr. Reiss, a physician, will discuss the effect of chronic stress on health and Dr. Jha, a neuroscientist, will comment on recent research on the effect of mindfulness meditation on the brain. Judges Leesfield and McAliley, and Professor Rogers will share some of their mindfulness practices, offer mindfulness tips, and lead a discussion with the audience about how a mindful presence can enhance our effectiveness as judges in the courtroom, in chambers and in our personal lives

Panelists:Judge Ellen L. Leesfield, 11th Judicial Circuit of Florida, Civil Division
 Amishi P. Jha, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Psychology Department, University of Miami
 Judge Chris McAliley, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida
 Ian Reiss, M.D., Vascular Surgeon, South Miami Hospital, Baptist Hospital
 Scott Rogers, Director, Mindfulness and Law Program, University of Miami School of Law

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CONCURRENT SESSIONS
Time: 3:30 p.m. to 4:45 p.m.

Curbing Access to Justice in a Down Economy Click here to read biographies of program participants.
Equal justice is an idea that American society has long striven to achieve. But, is the economic crisis, with its strained government budgets, court cutbacks and loss of legal aid funding, turning back the clock on the progress we've made in reaching the goal of equal justice for all? Join us at this panel in which we discuss how the financial squeeze is impacting access to justice at the individual court level and throughout society in general.

Moderator:Donna Coker, Professor, University of Miami School of Law
  
Panelists:Amy Bach, Esq., Founder, Measures for Justice
 Barbara J. Hart, J. D. Director of Violence Against Women, University of Southern Maine
 JoNel Newman, Associate Professor, Clinical Legal Education, University of Miami School of Law
 William P. Quigley, Law Professor, Loyola University, New Orleans, Louisiana

Legal and Judicial Trends in Cuba Click here to read biographies of program participants.
This three member panel of experts on Cuba will explore current legal and judicial trends in Cuba, and possible indicators and predictors of transition.

Moderator:Judge Gladys Peréz, 11th Judicial Circuit of Florida, Civil Division
  
Panelists:Pedro A. Freyre, Esq., Akerman Senterfitt
 Avelino J. Gonzalez, Esq., Civil Law Consultant
 Aldo M. Leiva, Esq., Leiva Law, P.A.

Sally Kenney on “Gender and Judging”
Professor Sally J. Kenney will discuss her recent book on judicial selection and women judges.

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“Noche de Salsa” Evening Reception Hosted by Dean Patricia D. White, University of Miami School of Law and CABA- Cuban American Bar Association
Time: 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Location: The residence of a local judge.
Buses will depart from the hotel for the reception at 5:15 p.m. and return attendees at 7:30 p.m. and 8:15 p.m.

Hospitality Suite

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 9, 2012

NAWJ District Breakfast Meetings
Time: 7:30 a.m. to 8:45 a.m.

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Plenary Session – Bringing Human Rights Home Click here to read biographies of program participants.
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 10:15 a.m.

Following on the heels of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights decision in Jessica Gonzales v. United States, speakers will explore the use of human rights law and norms in the U.S. context. Speakers will illustrate the use of human rights concepts in the areas of worker’s rights, juvenile life-without-parole cases, violence against women, as well as a number of other U.S. contexts.

Moderator:Judge Rosemary Barkett, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  
Panelists:Cathy Albisa, Executive Director, National Economic and Social Rights Initiative
 Chandra Bhatnagar, Esq., Senior Staff Attorney, Human Rights Program, American Civil Liberties Union
 Martha F. Davis, Professor, Northeastern University School of Law
 Deborah LaBelle, Esq., Director, Juvenile Life Without Parole Initiative, American Civil Liberties Union

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CONCURRENT SESSIONS
Time: 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Hidden Impact: The Unseen Consequences of the Economic Crisis Click here to read biographies of program participants.
Beyond banks and board rooms, the global economic downturn is having a profound effect on the everyday lives of people around the world. Societies, too, are being tested as the engines of economic growth sputter forward. This panel will explore the less visible consequences of the financial crisis and its impact on people and communities.

Moderator:Emma Coleman Jordan, Professor of Law, Georgetown University Law Center
  
Panelists:Christopher L. Peterson, Senior Counsel for Enforcement Strategy, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Western United States
 Lisa R. Pruitt, Professor of Law, University of California, Davis School of Law
 Deborah Thorne, Associate Professor, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Ohio University

Women’s Health Click here to read biographies of program participants.
A panel of doctors from the University of Miami School of Medicine will discuss the aging woman and the physical and psychological issues about which we should be aware.

Moderator:Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., Dean, Miller School of Medicine, University of Miami
  
Panelists:Alan W. Heldman, M.D., Vice-Chief, Cardiovascular Division, Miller School of Medicine, University of Miami
 Amishi P. Jha, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Psychology Department, University of Miami
 Charles B. Nemeroff, M.D., Ph.D., Chairman, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Miller School of Medicine, University of Miami
 Joyce Slingerland, M.D. FRCP (c) Ph.D. Director, Braman Breast Cancer Institute, Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, Miller School of Medicine, University of Miami

The Impact of Other Laws on Court Decisions Click here to read biographies of program participants.
Judges render decisions every day, but those decisions may have unforeseen consequences or may even be unenforceable. This panel will discuss bankruptcy and immigration law and how these laws impact criminal, family and commercial cases.

Moderator:Judge Laurel M. Isicoff, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of Florida
  
Panelists:Tammy Fox-Isicoff, Esq, Rifkin & Fox-Isicoff, P.A.
 Judge Sandy Karlan, 11th Judicial Circuit of Florida, Family Division
 John A. Martin, Ph.D., Director, Immigration and the State Courts Initiative, Center For Public Policy Studies

So You Think You Have a Book in You Click here to read biographies of program participants.
Experts in the business will share the secret (and not so secret) basics of what it takes to write a book and get it published.

Speakers:Judge Cindy S. Lederman, Miami-Dade Juvenile Court, 11th Judicial Circuit of Florida
 Hon. Barbara Levenson (Judge, Retired) 11th Judicial Circuit of Florida
 Professor Amy D. Ronner, PH.D., J.D., St. Thomas University School of Law

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FRIENDS LUNCHEON
A Conversation with Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz.
Time: 12:15 p.m. to 1:45 p.m.

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Optional Excursion:ArtSpring Women in Prison Project Excursion to the Homestead Correctional Institution
Time: 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Location: 19000 S.W. 377th Street, Florida City
The bus will depart from the hotel at 2:00 p.m. for the Homestead Correctional Institution, and return attendees to the hotel, departing at 6:00 p.m. from Homestead.

ArtSpring provides therapeutic programming and re-entry assistance to women in prison in Florida. They will be escorting our members on this optional excursion to Homestead Correctional Institution. Those wishing to attend must complete a form allowing a background check, and return to Artspring. Download form here. Space is limited to 40 attendees.

BOOK DRIVE: Contribute to NAWJ’s Amazon Wish List for Florida’s Women in Prison

Even if you are not joining the excursion, please support the Women in Prison Committee’s initiative in conjunction with the 2012 Annual Conference to benefit the library at the Homestead Correctional Institution in South Florida. The book drive will continue through the end of November to give every NAWJ member a chance to participate. Our goal is to give the facility every book on its wish list. Please take a moment and join this effort.

Or, go to Amazon.com and find NAWJ in their Wish List registry and choose Florida Women in Prison - Homestead Correctional Institution.
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Plenary Session – Power and Reach of the Internet Click here to read biographies of program participants.
Time: 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

The centrality of the cyber world to our lives poses special problems for justice, equality, and privacy. This panel addresses judicial ethics and staff management issues related to the use of social media, civil liberties and sentencing issues for those charged with internet-based crimes or whose sentences include prohibitions on internet use, proposals for law reform that better capture cyberstalking and internet-based sexual harassment, as well as First Amendment and privacy concerns in the context of internet regulation.

Moderator:Judge M. Margaret McKeown, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  
Panelists:Mary Anne Franks, J.D., Associate Professor of Law, University of Miami School of Law
 A. Michael Froomkin, Professor of Law, University of Miami School of Law
 Jon M. Sands, Esq., Federal Public Defender for the District of Arizona

Join fellow NAWJ members at some of Miami’s hottest restaurants - all within walking distance of or a short cab ride from the Eden Roc Hotel. Dining is at staggered times from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Deadline to sign up - 2:00 p.m. Friday. Visit the registration desk for details.

ROSA MEXICANO
1111 Lincoln Road, Miami, FL 33139. Tel: 305-695-1005.
Reservations for ten (10) at 6:00 p.m. under ISICOFF. They will hold the table for 15 min. The entire party must be present to be seated. Click here to view the Rosa Mexicano menu.

YUCA
501 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach, FL 33139. Tel: 305-532-9822.
Reservations for ten (10 inside), at 6:00 p.m. under ISICOFF. Click here to view the Yuca menu.

SCARPETTA
4441 Collins Avenue (Fountainbleu Resort), Miami Beach, FL 33140. Tel: 877-326-7412.
Reservations at 6:30 p.m. under ISICOFF. Click here to view the Scarpetta menu.

GOTHAM STEAK
4441 Collins Avenue (Fountainbleu Resort), Miami Beach, FL 33140. Tel: 877-326-7412.
Reservations for ten (10) at 7:00 p.m. Click here to view the Gotham Steak menu.

HAKKASAN
4441 Collins Avenue (Fountainbleu Resort), Miami Beach, FL 33140. Tel: 786-276-1388 (after 4:00 pm.)
Reservations for ten (10) at 7:30 p.m. under ISICOFF. Click here to make reservations through Open Table. Click here to view the Hakkasan menu.

1500 DEGREES
4525 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33140. Tel: 305-674-5594
Reservations for ten (10) at 7:30 p.m. Click here to view the 1500° menu.

Hospitality Suite

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 10, 2012
Morning Yoga
Time: 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m.

NAWJ Committee Breakfast Meetings
Time: 7:30 a.m. to 8:45 a.m.

NAWJ Annual Business Meeting and New Officer Investiture
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

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Plenary Session – Judging in an International Community Click here to read biographies of program participants.
Time: 10:45 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

The goal of any judicial system is to achieve justice; in our ever-shrinking and interdependent world you often cannot attain true justice without addressing cross-border components. This panel of judges and former judges from different parts of the world (United States, St. Lucia of the United Kingdom, Brazil and The Hague) will discuss the challenges that each of them faces judging in a necessarily international setting and how they each confront those challenges on a regular basis. Additionally, the panel will address whether a structure like that of Chapter 15 of the United States Bankruptcy Code, which allows judges in related cross-border insolvency proceedings to consult with one another, could be employed in non-insolvency matters – from business litigation, collections of judgments and family law and immigration matters, and if not, why not? What might work?

Moderator:Edward H. Davis, Jr., Astigarraga Davis
  
Panelists:Judge Renata Maciel Mota Maciel Madeira Dezem, 2nd Court Public Records of the Capital of the State of Sao Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil
 Judge Robert Drain, U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York
 Colonel Linda Strite Murnane, Chief Court Management and Support Services, The Hague
 Justice Indra H. Charles, Supreme Court of the Bahamas

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Free Time to Enjoy Miami Beach

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NAWJ Resource Board Meeting
Time: 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.

2012-2013 NAWJ Board of Directors Meeting
Time: 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

NAWJ Annual Awards Reception
Time: 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

NAWJ Annual Awards Banquet
Time: 8:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.

Hospitality Suite

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 11, 2012
Farewell Breakfast
Time: 7:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.


HOST HOTEL
The conference hotel for the conference is the Eden Roc Renaissance Miami Beach which is located at 4525 Collins Avenue Miami Beach, Florida 33140. Rooms at the Eden Roc Renaissance Miami Beach have been guaranteed at the rate of $199.00 plus applicable state and local taxes, single or double occupancy (note – you will get one of the following room types based solely on availability upon check-in - intercostal, partial ocean and ocean view). To guarantee an Ocean Tower room with full ocean view add $30 per night. To guarantee a Resort Tower room with ocean view add $20 per night. For reservations, call (305) 531-0000 or (800) 319-5354 and state that you are with the National Association of Women Judges (NAWJ). Reservations must be made on or before Friday, October 19, 2012, to guarantee the conference rate (subject to availability). The group rate is being offered three days pre/post based on availability.

Please click on the link below to book your reservations in one of our standard rooms at a rate of $199 plus tax per night!
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Please click on the below link to book your reservations for an ocean view room in our Resort Tower at a rate of $219 plus tax per night!
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REGISTRATION
Conference registration fees are $595 for NAWJ members, $625 for non-members, $575 for guests, and $525 for first-time conference attendees who are NAWJ members (attending after the first three years of joining). ADDITIONAL SPECIAL OFFER: New NAWJ members, for whom attending this upcoming Annual Conference in Miami will be their first NAWJ Annual Conference (attending within the first three years of joining), are entitled to the special rate of $450. Attendee registration fee includes all educational sessions, receptions, meals, transportation to events listed in the program and use of the hospitality suite. Guest registration fee includes all of the above except educational sessions. Registration forms postmarked after the registration deadline of October 8, 2012 must include a $50 late registration fee.

Cancellation and Refunds: If notice of cancellation is received after October 8, 2012, 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.

Fax or mail registration correspondence to: Craig Evans, National Association of Women Judges, 1341 Connecticut Avenue, Suite 4.2, Washington, DC 20036, Fax: (202) 393-0125, Email: cevans@nawj.org


INTERNATIONAL JUDGES SCHOLARSHIPS (CLOSED)
The National Association of Women Judges International Judges’ Scholarship program is funded by Robert M. Kaufman and The New York Community Trust and makes available support for individuals who want to apply for an award to attend the NAWJ 34th Annual Conference. Allowable expenses include total economy (economy/coach) airfare and lodging costs for shared rooms. (Alternative funds may be available for registration fees if needed.) Consistent with NAWJ’s guiding principles, the purpose of the International Judges’ Scholarship is to bring together judicial officers from around the world to share knowledge and experiences to promote and ensure fairness and gender equality in the judicial systems of all nations.

Eligibility
Judges from all countries other than the United States are eligible to apply for a scholarship.

Closing Date
The application deadline is June 15, 2012.

Submission Requirements
Download and complete this application form here and send to:

Craig Evans
National Association of Women Judges
1341 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20036
Fax: (202) 393-0125
Email: nawj@nawj.org


LEGAL FRIENDS CO-CHAIRS
Elizabeth Hernandez, Akerman Senterfitt
Linda M. Leali, White & Case LLP
Detra P. Shaw-Wilder, Koyzak Tropin & Throckmorton

COMMITTEE MEMBERS
Melissa Alvarez
Hilarie Bass
Jeffrey Bass
Caryn Bellus
Leyza Blanco
David M. Buckner
Carmen Manrara Cartaya
Raul Chacon
Kimberly Cook
Ileana Cruz-Bongini
Vivian de la Cuevas-Diaz
Melanie Damian
Edward H. Davis, Jr.
Steve Davis
Angela Daker
Marisol Gomez Decena
Katherine Warthen Ezell
Lyan Fernandez
Sandra Ferrara
Sabrina Ferris
Dori Foster-Morales
Carol Fox
Amy Furness
Betsy E. Gallagher
Jordana Goldstein
Marisol Gomez-Decena
Carlos Gonzalez
Melissa Hernandez
Julie Braman Kane
Judith Korchin
Gerald Kornreich
Alexandra Bach Lagos
Lisa Lehner
Hector Lombana
Leslie Lott
Richard M. Martinez-Cid
Gustavo Membiela
Jorge Mestre
Nicole Mestre
Stephanie Moon
Edith Osman
Melissa Pallet-Vasquez
Wayne Pathman
Carolina Pelleya
Jorge Perez
Barbara Riesberg
Cristina Rodriguez
Elizabeth Rodriquez
Wilfredo Rodriguez
Brigid Cech Samole
Bill Simonitsch
Rudy Sorondo
Myron D. Stayman
Ramona Thomas
Laura Wendell

CORPORATE PARTNERS GOOD GOVERNMENT
Mikki Canton

COMMITTEE MEMBERS
Vanessa Acosta, Esq.
Veronica Tejeda Lacayo, Esq.
Bonnie Riley, Esq.
Veronica Xiques, Esq.


SPONSORS

CORPORATE PARTNER GOOD GOVERNMENT ALLIANCE

Presenting Platinum Partners
United Automobile Insurance Company

Gold Partners
Baptist Health South Florida
Codina Partners

Silver Partners
TYLin International HJ Ross
Waste Management

Bronze Partners
All American Containers, Inc.
AT&T Florida
CM Consulting Group Corp.
Esserman Motors
IBEW L.U. 349
Medina Capital Partners
The Thornton Family
Tibor and Sheila Hollo Charitable Foundation, Inc.

Alliance Partners
ABC/Svinga
Florida Power & Light
Gabriel S. Diaz-Samiento, CPA

Stakeholders
The Honorable Tomas Regalado and The City of Miami
Dr. Eduardo Padron, President, Miami Dade College
Mrs. Belinda Meruelo
A.J. Barranco, Jr.
Moet-Hennesy / Siboney Wine & Spirits
Chef Paella
Willy Bermello, BAP
Carrolton School of The Sacred Heart
Alvarez, Carbonell, Feltman, Jimenez & Gomez

LEGAL FRIENDS

Premier
Robert M. Kaufman, Esq.

Gold
Akerman Senterfitt LLP
LexisNexis
Thomson Reuters

Silver
American Society for International Law
Astigarraga Davis
Bilzin Sumberg Baena Price & Axelrod LLP
Broad and Cassel
Carlton Fields
Gray Robinson, P.A.
Greenberg Traurig, P.A.
Hogan Lovells US LLP
Hunton & Williams LLP
Kozyak Tropin & Throckmorton, P.A.
Merrill Lynch Global Wealth and Investment Management, The MAB Group
Shook, Hardy & Bacon, L.L.P.
Stearns, Weaver, Miller, Weissler, Alhadeff & Sitterson, P.A.
White & Case LLP

Bronze
Avila, Rodriguez, Hernandez, Mena & Ferri LLP
Berger Singerman
Berkowitz Pollack Brant Advisors and Accountants
Boies Schiller & Flexner LLP
Colson Hicks Eidson
CourtCall
The Ferraro Law Firm
Grossman Roth, P.A.
Higer, Lichter, Givner
Holland & Knight LLP
JAMS, The Resolution Experts
Kaufman, Rossin & Co.
Kenny Nachwalter, P.A.
Podhurst Orseck, P.A.
Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP
TotalBank

Amigos
Bankruptcy Bar Association
Damian & Valori LLP
Elser Foster-Morales
Epiq Bankruptcy Solutions
ESB Mediation Services
Fabricant Morton & Company, PA
Gamba & Lombana, P.A.
GlassRatner Advisory & Capital Group
Kubicki Draper
Robert Levy
Lott & Fischer
McDonald Hopkins LLC
Meland Russin & Budwick, P.A.
Mestre Law
Miami-Dade Florida Association of Women Lawyers
Pathman Lewis, LLP
Rivero Mestre, LLP
Squire, Sanders & Dempsey
Weiss, Serota, Helfman, Pastoriza, Cole & Boniske, P.L.

In-Kind Sponsors
Daily Business Review
Joe’s Stone Crab Restaurant
Hon. Joan Lenard
Hon. Federico Moreno
Perry Ellis
University of Miami School of Law
U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida


SPONSOR THE ANNUAL CONFERENCE
Please see the Legal Friends Sponsorship Package or the Corporate Partners Good Government Alliance Sponsorship Package for more information on becoming a sponsor of the 2012 NAWJ Annual Conference.

There are five levels of Legal Friends Sponsorship available. Click here to reach descriptions of the six levels of Corporate Partners Good Government Alliance sponsorship.

LEGAL FRIENDS SPONSORSHIP

Premier
$20,000
As a Premier Sponsor, your firm/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 your firm/company to the following benefits:

  • Ten complimentary conference registrations (includes all educational sessions, receptions, meals, and use of the hospitality suite);
  • Ten additional tickets for the sponsor appreciation keynote luncheon program;
  • The opportunity to appoint two representatives to serve on NAWJ’s Resource Board (Resource Board information is included in this package);
  • Acknowledgment of your firm/company’s sponsorship at the sponsor appreciation keynote luncheon program to include projection of your firm/company’s name on main screen;
  • Prominent placement of your firm/company’s name on conference promotional material, including press releases and media kits;
  • Full page ad in the conference program;
  • Acknowledgment of the sponsorship by your firm/company in NAWJ’s 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, your firm/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 your firm/company to the following benefits:

  • Five complimentary conference registrations (includes all educational sessions, receptions, meals, and use of the hospitality suite);
  • Five additional tickets for the sponsor appreciation keynote luncheon program;
  • The opportunity to appoint one representative to serve on NAWJ’s Resource Board (Resource Board information is included in this package);
  • Acknowledgment of your firm/company’s sponsorship at the sponsor appreciation keynote luncheon program to include projection of your firm/company’s name on main screen;
  • Prominent placement of your firm/company’s name on conference promotional material, including press releases and media kits;
  • Full page ad in the conference program;
  • Acknowledgment of the sponsorship by your firm/company in NAWJ’s 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.

Silver
$5,000
As a Silver Sponsor, your firm/company will receive:

  • Two complimentary conference registrations (includes all educational sessions, receptions, meals, and use of the hospitality suite)
  • One additional ticket for the sponsor appreciation keynote luncheon program;
  • Acknowledgment of your firm/company’s sponsorship at the sponsor appreciation keynote luncheon program to include projection of your firm/company’s name on main screen;
  • Prominent placement of your firm/company’s name or logo on conference promotional material, including press releases, media kits and luncheon/reception invitations;
  • Half page ad in the conference program;
  • Acknowledgment of the sponsorship by your firm/company in NAWJ’s 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.

Bronze
$2,500
As a Bronze Sponsor, your firm/company will receive:

  • Three tickets for the sponsor appreciation keynote luncheon program;
  • Acknowledgment of your firm/company’s sponsorship at the keynote Luncheon program to include projection of your firm/company’s name on main screen;
  • Quarter 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.

Amigos
Up to $1,500
As Amigos, your firm/company will receive:

  • Acknowledgment of your firm/company’s sponsorship at the keynote Luncheon program to include projection of your firm/company’s name on main screen;
  • 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.

CORPORATE PARTNERS GOOD GOVERNMENT ALLIANCE SPONSORSHIP

Presenting Platinum Partner
$25,000
As a Presenting Platinum Partner, your firm/company will be prominently recognized as a Presenting Platinum Partner sponsor of the entire three day conference, to include all press, marketing and promotional materials preceding the conference, as well as all educational, networking and social events. Your sponsorship will entitle your firm/company to the following benefits:

  • "Lady Justice Trailblazer" NAWJ Corporate Partners Award
  • Ten complimentary conference registrations (includes all educational sessions, receptions, meals and use of the hospitality suite) and participation during all panel discussions.
  • Ten additional tickets for the sponsor appreciation keynote luncheon program.
  • The opportunity to appoint two representatives to serve on NAWJ’s Resource Board for one year (Resource Board information is included in this package).
  • Acknowledgement of your firm/company's name on the main screen.
  • Prominent placement of your firm/company’s name on conference promotional material, including press releases and media kits.
  • Full page ad in the conference program.
  • Acknowledgement of the sponsorship by your firm/company in NAWJ’s 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 Partner
$10,000
As a Gold Partner, your firm/company will receive the following benefit in addition to your sponsorship specifications:

  • “Distinguished Corporate Partner Award” and participation at all workshops, presentations, grand and VIP events.
  • Five complimentary conference registrations (includes all educational sessions, receptions, meals and use of the hospitality suite).
  • Five additional tickets for the sponsor appreciation keynote luncheon program.
  • Acknowledgement of your firm/company on the main screen.
  • Prominent placement of your firm/company’s name on conference promotional material, including press releases and media kits.
  • Full page ad in the conference program;
  • Acknowledgement of the sponsorship by your firm/company in NAWJ’s semi-annual newsletter and on the NAWJ website.
  • All sponsorship acknowledgement materials are seen by NAWJ’s 1,280 members as well as numerous corporate general counsel, bar leaders and law school deans.

Silver Partner
$5,000
As a Silver Partner, your firm/company will receive the following benefit in addition to individual sponsorship specifications:

  • “Salute to Corporate Leaders Award"
  • Participation at all workshops, presentations and VIP events.
  • Two complimentary conference registrations (including all educational sessions, receptions, meals, and use of the hospitality suite)
  • One additional ticket for the sponsor appreciation keynote luncheon program
  • Acknowledgement of your firm/company on the main screen.
  • Quarter page ad in the Conference Program.
  • Acknowledgement of the sponsorship by your firm/company in NAWJ’s 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.

Bronze Partner
$2,500
As a Bronze Partner, your firm/company will receive the following benefit:

  • NAWJ Good Government Community Partner Award.
  • Participation at your selected workshop and VIP events.
  • Three tickets to partner appreciation keynote luncheon program
  • Acknowledgement of your firm/company on the main screen and marketing materials.
  • Acknowledgement of the sponsorship by your firm/company in NAWJ’s 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.

Alliance Partner
$1,000
As an Alliance Partner, your firm/company will receive:

  • NAWJ Certificate of Recognition
  • Acknowledgement of your firm/company’s name on main screen;
  • Acknowledgement 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.

Stakeholder
This category has been designed to accomodate corporate partners wishing to make in kind contributions at the levels of the partner contributions described above. Accordingly, your individual "Stakeholder" sponsorship benefits will be commensurate to those partner categories offered herein.