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NAWJ 35th Annual Conference

Judging and all that Jazz

October 9–13, 2013 • New Orleans, LA

The Ritz-Carlton


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PLANNING COMMITTEE

CONFERENCE CO-CHAIRS
Judge Mary Hotard Becnel • Chief Justice Bernette J. Johnson

EDUCATION
Judicial:
Chair, Judge Phyllis Keaty, Third Circuit Court of Appeal, Louisiana
Judge Joy Cossich Lobrano, Fourth Circuit Court of Appeal, Louisiana
Judge Laurie White, Orleans Parish Criminal District Court, Louisiana
Academic:
Chair, Professor Sally J. Kenney, Professor of Political Science, Newcomb College Endowed Chair; Executive Director, Newcomb College Institute, Tulane University
Professor Kathryn Venturatos Lorio, Leon Sarpy Distinguished Professor of Law, Loyola University New Orleans College of Law

SOCIAL EVENTS
Judge Rosemary Ledet, Fourth Circuit Court of Appeal, Louisiana

VOLUNTEERS
Judge Ethel Simms Julien, Orleans Parish Civil District Court, Louisiana
Judge Sylvia Steib-Dunn, Office of Workers' Compensation, District 7, Louisiana

INTERNATIONAL JUDGES
Judge Bernadette G. D’Souza, Orleans Parish Civil District Court (Family), Louisiana

REGISTRATION
Judge Tiffany Chase, Orleans Parish Civil District Court, Louisiana
Judge June Berry Darensburg, 24th Judicial District Court, Louisiana
Judge Vanessa Guidry-Whipple, First Circuit Court of Appeal, Louisiana

FRIENDS
Coordinator, Kara Hadican Samuels, Esq., Partner, Sangisetty & Samuels, LLC
Kim M. Boyle, Esq., Partner, Phelps Dunbar LLP
Matthew Moreland, Esq., Associate, Becnel Law Firm LLC
Norma Jane Sabiston, Sabiston Consultants


SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
(subject to change)

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 9, 2013

Registration
Time: 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

2012 - 2013 Board of Directors Lunch Meeting
Time: 11:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Optional Visit to the Louisiana Correctional Institute for Women
Approximate Time: 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Visit to the Louisiana Correctional Institute for Women (LCIW). The date for the excursion has been changed from Thursday to Wednesday, October 9, 2013 from 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm (departure from the hotel at 11:30am). Participants will tour the Academic Building (upholstery, office occupation, education classes), Administrative Segregation areas (not Death Row), the Infirmary area, one housing area, the Law Library and Chapel if time permits. A bag lunch and snacks will be provided, including authentic Louisiana pecan pralines. Buses will depart the hotel at 11:30am, and will return to the hotel at 4:30pm. Please notify NAWJ upon registration, download and complete this required form here. A photo copy of your drivers license is required in advance and should be faxed or emailed along with this form to vcollins@lasc.org or (504) 310-2359. In order for this visit to occur, a minimum of 10 participants is required.

International Judges Reception
(By Invitation only)
Time: 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

First time Attendees and Mentorship Gathering
Time: 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Welcome Reception at the Ritz Carlton
Time: 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 10, 2013

JAZZ BREAKFAST AND WELCOME CEREMONIES
Time: 7:30 a.m. to 9:15 a.m.

Opening Plenary – Kenneth Feinberg, Esq.
Time: 9:15 a.m. to 10:15 a.m.

Concurrent Sessions:
Time: 10:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.

The New Politics of Judicial Selection
Program Chair: Professor Sally Kenney, Director, Newcomb College Institute, Tulane University
Panelists:
  • Debra Fitzpatrick, The Infinity Project, Director of the Center on Women and Public Policy at the Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota
  • Sammie Moshenberg, Director of Washington Operations, National Council of Jewish Women.
  • Marge Baker, Executive Vice President for Policy and Program: People For the American Way
  • Thomas Hilbink, Senior Program Officer, Democracy Fund, U.S. Programs, Open Society Foundation
  • Melinda Gann Hall, Professor of Political Science, Michigan State University

International Roundtable Discussion
Program Chair: Judge Bernadette G. D'Souza, Orleans Civil District Court, Louisiana
Moderator: Hon. Judith C. Chirlin, Executive Director Western Justice; Los Angeles Superior Court (Retired)

  • Hon. Judith C. Chirlin, Executive Director Western Justice; Los Angeles Superior Court (Retired)
  • Hon. Sue Pai Yang, New Jersey Workers' Compensation Court (Retired)

KEYNOTE Time: 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Concurrent Sessions:
Time: 1:45 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Introduction to the Legal Issues of Assisted Reproductive Technology - Part I
Program Chair and Moderator: Professor Kathryn Venturatos Lorio, Loyola College of Law New Orleans Prison Isn't Just for Punishment Anymore: Re-Entry Louisiana Style
Program Chair: Judge Laurie A. White, Orleans Parish Criminal District Court, Section A, Louisiana
Moderator: Professor Nghana Lewis Gauff, Attorney and Professor of English, Tulane University
  • Cathy Fontenot, Assistant Warden of Programming, Re-Entry Program, Louisiana State Penitentiary
  • Presiding Judge Arthur Hunter, Orleans Parish Criminal District Court, Section K, Louisiana
  • Judge Laurie White, Orleans Parish Criminal District Court, Louisiana
Film screening of "The Invisible War" - A documentary on sexual assault in the military. Click here to reach the film’s website.

Concurrent Sessions:
Time: 3:15 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Legal Responses to the Issues of Assisted Reproductive Technology - Part II
Moderator: Judge Regina Bartholomew, Orleans Parish Civil District Court

When Disasters Strike - A Look at Lessons Learned
Program Chair: Judge Madeleine Landrieu, Fourth Circuit Court of Appeal, Louisiana

  • Magistrate Judge Karen Wells Roby, U.S. District Court, Eastern Louisiana
  • Judge Margaret B. Alfonso, Harrison County Court, Mississippi
  • Administrative Law Judge Sandra Robinson, State of New Jersey

Holding Perpetrators Responsible for Sexual Assault in the Military
Program Chair: Randy Fertel, Ph.D., President, Fertel Foundation

  • Anu Bhagwati, Executive Director, Service Women’s Action Network
  • Claudia J. Bayliff, Esq., Project Attorney, National Judicial Education Program, Legal Momentum
  • Lynn Hecht Schafran, Esq., Director, National Judicial Education Program, Legal Momentum
  • Colonel Linda Strite Murnane, U.S. Air Force (Retired)
  • Amy Ziering, Film Producer

Concurrent Sessions:
Time: 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

  • Film Screening of the “Girl from Birch Creek” - a biography of Rosalie Wahl, Justice (Retired) Minnesota Supreme Court. Click here to reach the film’s website. Speaker: Emily Haddad, Independent Filmmaker.
  • NAWJ Committee Meetings

Louisiana Supreme Court Reception Featuring a History of Louisiana Women Judges
Time: 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Location: 400 Royal Street, New Orleans

Mix and mingle with fellow conference attendees in the beautiful Beaux-Arts home of the Louisiana Supreme Court, in the French Quarter. A special exhibit of the History of Louisiana Judges will be on view.

Hospitality Social
Time: 8:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 11, 2013

NAWJ District Breakfast Meetings
Time: 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.

Plenary Session - Writing a Woman Judge's Life: Judicial Biography as History
Program Chair: Professor Sally Kenney, Director, Newcomb College Institute, Tulane University Time: 9:00 a.m. to 10:15 a.m.
Panelists:

CONCURRENT SESSIONS
Time: 10:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.

Multi-District Litigation: Organizing and Managing Expansive Litigation
Program Chair: Judge Jane Triche Milazzo, U.S. District Court, Eastern Louisiana
  • Judge Eldon E. Fallon, U.S District Court, Eastern Louisiana
  • Steve Herman, Esq., Plaintiff Attorney, Herman Herman & Katz, LLC
  • Jamie Zysk Isani, Esq., Defense Attorney, Hunton & Williams
  • Magistrate Judge Karen Wells Roby, U.S. District Court, Eastern Louisiana
  • Magistrate Judge Sally Shusan, U.S. District Court, Eastern Louisiana
  • Chief Judge Sarah S. Vance, U.S. District Court, Eastern Louisiana

Beyond the Bench: Is There Life after Retirement?

  • Hon. Ellen Rosenblum, Oregon State Attorney General, Oregon Court of Appeals (Judge, Retired)
  • Hon. Mary McGowan Davis, New York State Supreme Court (Justice, Retired)
  • Hon. Carolyn W. Gill-Jefferson, 41st Judicial District, Louisiana (Judge, Retired)
  • Kim VanGeffen, Ph.D., Clinical Psychologist

Film Screening of “Sin by Silence” - A documentary on domestic violence and imprisoned battered women. Click here to reach the film’s website.

Friends Keynote Luncheon
Time: 12:15 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

The Landrieu Family - The Family Business: Public Service
Program Chair: Chief Judge Susan M. Chehardy, Fifth Circuit Court of Appeal, Louisiana
Time: 1:45 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Panelists:

  • Moderator: Clarence J. (Clancy) DuBos, III, Esq., Journalist and Attorney
  • Maurice E. Landrieu, Jr., Deputy Chief of the Criminal Division, U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Louisiana
  • New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu
  • Judge Moon Landrieu (Retired, Fourth Circuit Court of Appeal), Former U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary
  • Judge Madeline Landrieu, Fourth Circuit Court of Appeal
  • Clerk of the Court Cheryl Landrieu, Fifth Circuit Court of Appeal

CONCURRENT SESSIONS
Time: 3:15 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

At the Intersection of State Courts & Federal Immigration Law
Program Chair: Dean María Pabón López, Loyola University New Orleans College of Law
Moderator: Hon. Joan V. Churchill, Immigration Judge (Retired); NAWJ President
  • Professor M. Isabel Medina, Loyola University New Orleans College of Law
  • John A. Martin, Ph.D., Director, Center for Public Policy Studies, Immigration and the State Courts Initiative and Human Trafficking and the State Courts Collaborative.

The Judge as a Public Servant
Moderator: Nghana Lewis Gauff, Esq., Attorney and Professor of English, Tulane University

  • Judge Raymond S. Childress, 22nd Judicial District Court, Louisiana
  • Patricia Krebs, Esq., King Krebs & Jurgens
  • Judge Cindy Lederman, Juvenile Court, Eleventh Judicial Circuit, Florida; NAWJ Past President
  • Judge Brenda Stith Loftin, St. Louis County Circuit Court, Missouri

Domestic Violence and Mass Incarceration of Women
Program Chair: Judge Bernadette G. D'Souza, Orleans Civil District Court

NAWJ Resource Board Meeting
Time: 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Cuisine in the Quarter
Time: 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Gather a few fellow conference attendees for dinner and head out to explore the French Quarter’s culinary treasures. Whether it’s a casual muffuletta or poboy, a Cajun gumbo or jambalaya, or sweet treat beignets or bananas foster, the Quarter has something delectable and delicious for everyone.

Decadent Dessert Party - Where the Deep South meets the Southern California-Mexico Border
Time: 8:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 12, 2013

Breakfast – Committee Meetings
Time: 7:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.

NAWJ Officer Investiture and Annual Business Meeting
Time: 8:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

Optional Lecture on New Orleans Cuisine by Kit Wohl, Author and Photographer
Time: 10:15 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Human Trafficking: Aiding Survivors- Shelter and Restorative Care Services and Best Practices in Federal and State Courts
Program Chair: Judge Joy Cossich Lobrano, Fourth Circuit Court of Appeal, Louisiana
Time: 10:15 a.m. to 12:30 a.m.
Panelists:

  • Sergeant Michael Geiger, Portland, Oregon Police Bureau
  • Linda Smith, Founder and President of Shared Hope International
  • Kara Van de Carr, Founder and Executive Director of Eden House, Former U.S. Diplomat
  • John A. Martin, Ph.D., Director, Center for Public Policy Studies, Immigration and the State Courts Initiative and Human Trafficking and the State Courts Collaborative
  • Ronal Serpas, Superintendent, New Orleans Police Department
  • Steven Weller, Ph.D., J.D., Senior Consultant, Human Trafficking and the State Courts Collaborative, Center for Public Policy Studies
  • Katherine Krupa Green, J.D., Ph.D., Co-founder of Eden House; Law Clerk to Judge Shelly D. Dick, U.S. District Court, Middle District of Louisiana
  • Clemmie Greenlee, Human Trafficking Survivor, Resident Director of Eden House
  • John B. Krentel, J.D., L.C.S.W., Former Behavioral Health Court Liaison; Eden House Board of Directors
  • Judge Elizabeth Lee, San Mateo County Superior Court; Chair of NAWJ’s Human Trafficking Subcommittee
  • Jonathan D. Mattiello, Executive Director, State Justice Institute

Optional Lecture on New Orleans Cuisine by Kit Wohl, Author and Photographer
Time: 10:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.

Optional Eden House, Fayard Home and Garden District and Uptown-University Area Tour. See below.
Approximate Time: 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Optional Eden House, Fayard Home and Garden District and Uptown-University Area Tour

Bus Transportation and Tour Guide provided by A Confidential Transportation

Bus Departs Hotel at 12:45 p.m. and Returns to Hotel at 3:30 p.m.

Lunch (Famous New Orleans Sandwiches) and Tour of Eden House

Eden House is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) two-year residential program for women who have been commercially and sexually exploited. Modeled after Magdalene House in Nashville, Tennessee, Eden House provides six to eight women a safe and supportive home for two years, free of cost. Through Eden House, women receive wrap-around services such as counseling, education, and job training. Since addiction is often connected with prostitution, a twelve-step program is part of the Eden House model. The program is highly successful: two and a half years after beginning the program, 72% of the women who join Nashville’s Magdalene House are clean, sober, and no longer being sexually exploited and trafficked.

Dessert and Coffee at the Fayard Home

The home of Calvin and Frances Fayard located at 5809 St. Charles Avenue is a familiar New Orleans landmark. Architects Toledano and Reusch designed and built the mansion in 1896 for grocery tycoon Nicholas Burke as a gift to his bride. Architect Robert Cangelosi, Jr. called the Fayard home “unquestionably the most impressive and photographed house on the Avenue. . . an outstanding example of the picturesque mode of the Colonial Revival style.” The Fayards are only the fourth family to own this splendid home.

Guided Bus Tour of the
New Orleans Garden District and Uptown University Areas

Enjoy a tour through the New Orleans’ elegant Garden District, once part of the plantation owned by Bienville, the founder of New Orleans. Visit the “American” section of town that was built to rival the architectural splendor of the Creoles’ French Quarter. This historic district is known for its marvelous examples of Greek Revival and Italianate architecture. The homes of former Kings and Queens of Mardi Gras are located here, as well as the home of the premier family of football - the Mannings - where Archie lives and Peyton and Eli grew up. You'll also see the former residence of celebrated author Anne Rice, as well as the house where Jefferson Davis died in 1889; and Toby’s Corner, the oldest house in the area (built in 1838). Visit Lafayette Cemetery, one of our Cities of the Dead, and learn about our unusual above-ground burial system. Note: Some of the tour will be a walking tour on uneven sidewalks and streets, so please wear comfortable shoes! The bus will also drive down St. Charles Avenue and view New Orleans uptown area, Audubon Park and Tulane University and Loyola University

Optional Fashion Event at Saks Fifth Avenue
Time: 11:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m

NAWJ 2013-2014 Board of Directors Meeting
Time: 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

NAWJ Annual Awards Reception and Banquet
Time: 6:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 13, 2013

Farewell Breakfast
Time: 7:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.


SPONSORS

Premier
Becnel Law Firm, LLC
Jones, Swanson, Huddell & Garrison, LLC
Robert M. Kaufman, Esq.
Louisiana Supreme Court
Loyola University New Orleans College of Law
The Newcomb College Institute of Tulane University
State Justice Institute

Gold
LexisNexis
Pfizer Inc.
Sher Garner Cahill Richter Klein & Hilbert, L.L.C.
Thomson Reuters

Silver
Adams & Reese LLP
Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz
Bruno & Bruno, L.L.P.
Fayard Law Firm
Frilot, LLC
Gauthier, Houghtaling & Williams, LLP
Hermann, Hermann & Katz, LLC
Louisiana 4th & 5th Circuit Judges Association
Louisiana District Judges Association
McGlinchey Stafford, PLLC
Motley Rice
Phelps Dunbar, L.L.P.
Sangisetty & Samuels, L.L.C.
SmithStag LLC
Stanley, Reuter, Ross, Thornton & Alford, L.L.C.

Bronze
A3M Vacumm Services, Inc.
Alonso Krangle LLP
Alvendia, Kelly & Demarest, LLC
Ates Law Firm
CourtCall, LLC
Phil Cossich
Randy Fertel & The Fertel Foundation
Fishman Haygood Phelps Walmsley Willis & Swanson, L.L.P.
Glago Law Firm
Irpino Law Firm
Jones Walker
King, Krebs & Jurgens, PLLC
Liskow & Lewis
Louisiana Association for Justice
Louisiana State Bar Association
Martzell & Bickford
Metro Disposal Inc.
New Orleans Chapter of the Federal Bar Association
Parker Waichman LLP
Perry Dampf Dispute Solutions
River Parish Contractors, Inc.
Stone Pigman Walther Wittmann L.L.C.

Bons Amis
A Confidential Transportation
Allan Berger & Associates, PLC
Arthur Law Firm, LLC
Barrasso Usdin Kupperman Freeman & Sarver, L.L.C.
Basin Street Records
Baumer Foods, Inc.
Bradley Murchison Kelly & Shea LLC
Pascal F. Calogero, Jr.
Capitelli & Wicker Law Firm
Caraway LeBlanc, LLC
Cash Advance
Conference of Court of Appeal Judges
Deutsch, Kerrigan & Stiles, L.L.P.
Domengeaux, Wright, Roy & Edwards, L.L.C.
Elmer’s Chee Wees
Frances & Calvin Fayard
Friend & Company Fine Jewelers
Gainsburgh, Benjamin, David, Meunier & Warshauer, L.L.C.
Hon. Vanessa Guidry-Whipple
Marian Herbert-Bruno
Hon. Toni Higginbotham
Jacobs, Sarrat, Lovelace & Harris
Jones & Alexander
Levin, Fishbein, Sedran & Berman
Live Oak Manor Volunteer Fire Department
Law Office of Francis J. Lobrano
Lynn Luker & Associates, LLC
The Magnolia Companies
Morris Bart, LLC
Murray Law Firm
New Orleans Bar Association
New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau
Ron Austin & Associates, LLC
Norma Jane Sabiston
Saks Fifth Avenue
Tabasco
Keith Whipple, Esq.


NAWJ PIN/PENDANT
New Orleans jewelry designer, Dominique Giordano, has been commissioned to craft a unique piece of jewelry for the National Association of Women Judges in conjunction with this year’s annual conference. Co-designing the pin/pendant is our own Judge Mary Hotard Becnel, Annual Conference Co-Chair. Dominique is donating 10 percent of the sales of the pin/pendant to NAWJ.

The sterling silver abstract geometric pin/pendant represents the figure of a woman judges wearing the traditional black robe and holding the scales of justice which bear pearls of wisdom. The pin is also available in a gold robe or dress for women lawyers.

The Pin/Pendant is $150. A 16”-18” adjustable sterling silver chain is also available for $45. Shipping and handling is $17. To order email contact@dgiordano.com or visit www.dgiordano.com. Download order form here, and flyer here.