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Upcoming Events Calendar

If you would like to post events on the NAWJ calendar, please send an e-mail with “NAWJ Calendar Submission” in the subject line to nawj@nawj.org and include the following information event date, time, title (e.g., “District 4 Meeting”), brief description, contact information (name, telephone and/or e-mail), location (place, address, city, state).

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2016 - January | February | March | April | May | June |
July | August | September | October | November | December

Archived Events


January 22, 2015 • 5:00 pm - 7:30pm
 California Women's Lawyers Retirement Celebration for Presiding Justice Joan Dempsey Klein
Additional partners included the Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles (WLALA), Black Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles, Inc. (BWLLA), Latina Lawyers Bar Association (LLBA), Asian Pacific American Women Lawyers Alliance (APAWLA), NAWJ, and the International Association of Women Judges (IAWJ).

Special Speakers:
Presiding Justice Lee Smalley Edmon, Division Three, Second District Court of Appeal (effective 1-5-2015)
Presiding Justice Norman L. Epstein, Division Four, Second District Court of Appeal
Administrative Presiding Justice Judith McConnell, Division One, Fourth District Court of Appeal
Wendy Behan, President of California Women Lawyers

Contact Information: RSVP required. For more information and to register, please visit www.cwl.org. To sponsor, click here.
Hilton Checkers Los Angeles
535 South Grand Avenue
Los Angeles, California


February 12, 2015 • 3:30 pm - 5:30pm
 A Perspective on Current Threats to a Fair and Impartial Judiciary
The program, moderated by Dr. Pascale Charlot, Dean of the Honors College at Miami Dade College, will include panelists: Former Florida Supreme Court Justice Raoul G. Cantero, III; Justice Barbara J. Pariente of the Florida Supreme Court, Co-Chair of the Florida Informed Voter’s Project; and Oscar Sanchez, an attorney at Akerman LLP. Sponsors include: Akerman, Miami Dade College Wolfson Campus and NAWJ’s Informed Voters-Fair Judges Project. Download the flyer here.

Contact Information: For more information, please contact Linda Leali at leali@lealilaw.com.
Miami Dade College, Wolfson Campus
300 NE Second Avenue
Miami, Florida

MARCH 2015

March 5, 2015 • 5:00pm - 8:30pm
 Janet Langhart Cohen’s One Act play Anne & Emmett
After a reception, Hon. Tanya R. Kennedy, NAWJ Finance Committee Chairperson & Supervising Judge of Civil Court, New York County will welcome everyone to the performance of Janet Langhart Cohen’s Play, “Anne & Emmett”, based on the story of Anne Frank, a young Jewish girl, and a victim of the Holocaust, and Emmett Till, a young African American boy murdered in the segregated American South during the Jim Crow era. After the performance, a panel discussion with Q & A will be moderated by Justice Juanita Bing Newton, Dean, New York State Judicial Institute. Panelists to include: Janet Langhart Cohen, Playwright, “Anne & Emmett”; Keith A. Beauchamp, Filmmaker, “The Untold Story of Emmett Louis Till”; Retired Justice Betty Weinberg Ellerin, NAWJ Past President; and Retired Justice for the Appellate Division-First Department Shiri B. Sandler, U.S. Director, Auschwitz Jewish Center.

Contact Information: For more information, please contact District Two Director Judge Betty J. Williams by email at bjwillia@courts.state.ny.us.
Tribeca Performing Arts Center
199 Chambers Street, S-115K
New York, New York

March 9, 2015 
 New York MentorJet at New York University
DESCRIPTION: NAWJ New York and the New York Women’s Bar Association will hold a MentorJet networking session at New York University on March 9, 2015.

Contact Information: For more information, please contact Justice Betty J. Williams at bjwillia@courts.state.ny.us.
New York University
New York, New York

March 11, 2015 • 6:00pm
 Judicial Appointment of Counsel – Developing Diverse Leadership in the Law
Judges appoint special masters, lead counsel in class action cases, and trustees and receivers in civil and probate cases. Courts also appoint counsel to court committees and task forces that do important policy and oversight work within the legal system. Join this panel of distinguished experts to explore the use of the judicial power of appointment to improve access to justice, promote diversity in the legal profession, and provide an important platform for the development of leaders of the bar. The program will begin with Opening Remarks by attorney Elizabeth Hernandez, Akerman LLP, followed by a panel moderated by attorney Jamie Zysk Isani, Hunton & Williams LLP to include: Judge Beth Bloom, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida; attorney Linda Leali, Shareholder, Linda Leali, P.A.; Judge Meenu Sasser, Circuit Civil Division, Fifteenth Judicial Circuit of Florida; and Judge Sarah Zabel, Circuit Family Division, Eleventh Judicial Circuit of Florida. A cocktail reception will follow the panel discussion. Download the flyer here.

Contact Information: To RSVP, please contact Michelle Reyes at mreyes@hunton.com.
The Offices of Akerman LLP
One Southeast Third Avenue, Suite 2500
Miami, Florida

March 19, 2015 • 12:15pm - 1:30pm
 Outreach Panel at Cornell Law School
NAWJ member and friends will discuss and take questions their respective paths to the bench, the importance of diversity in the Bar and on the Bench, work/life balance in law careers, and the history and work of the National Association of Women Judges. (Download here).

Panelist will include: Hon. Anne Murray Patterson, Justice of the New Jersey Supreme Court, Hon. Elizabeth Garry, Justice for the New York State Supreme Court, Appellate Division, Third Department; and program coordinator Hon. Debra A. James, New York State Supreme Court New York County, Civil Branch.

Contact Information: For more information, please contact Hon. Debra A. James, New York State Supreme Court at djames@nycourts.gov.
The Student Lounge at Cornell Law School
Ithaca, New York

March 25, 2015 • 10:00am - 2:00pm
 White & Case Presents Color of Justice
White & Case LLP will hold its third Color of Justice program for students of the Washington Middle School for Girls at its law offices in Washington, D.C.

Contact Information: For more information, please contact NAWJ at nawj@nawj.org.
Washington, District of Columbia

APRIL 2015

April 28, 2015 • 6:00pm - 8:00pm
 Sex Trafficking: Underage Victims in New York Courts
The New York Chapter of the NAWJ, New York County Lawyers Association’s Judicial Section Law Related Education Committee and the Justice Center join to present a session on sex trafficking. It is estimated that over 200,000 children have been trafficked for sex in the United States. Learn from a panel of experts how New York Courts are identifying and addressing the cases of child sex trafficking victims. Not only are trafficking victims able to avoid prosecution on prostitution charges, but counseling and other services are offered to provide an escape from the pimps and traffickers who have abused and held them under their control.

Moderator: Edwina Richardson-Mendelson, Administrative Judge, Family Court, New York City


Hon. Fernando Camacho, Supreme Court, Suffolk County
Miriam Goodman, Center for Court Innovation
Kate Mogulescu, The Legal Aid Society
Simone Monasebian, UN Office on Drugs and Crime, New York Office
Susan Morley, NYC Administration for Children Services
Katherine (Cait) Mullen, The Legal Aid Society, Juvenile Rights Practice

No fees for judges, but do RSVP to cle@nycla.org. NYCLA member fee: $35; non-member attorney fee: $55; law office staff fee $25 (Public Sector/Non-Profit may register as Law Office Staff).

Credits: 2 New York & New Jersey Credits.

Contact Information: For more information, please contact cle@nycla.org.
New York County Lawyers Association
14 Vesey Street, 2nd Floor Auditorium
New York, New York

April 6, 2015 • 10:00am - 2:00pm
 Color of Justice Program
Judges Myriam Lehr and Linda Stein will bring NAWJ Miami in partnership with the Alonso and Tracy Mourning Law Academy to share knowledge of the legal field with their students. Their featured speaker will be Mr. Walter Harvey who Counsel for the Miami –Dade Public Schools.

Contact Information: For more information, please contact Judge Myriam Lehr at (305) 354-8722.
North Dade Justice Center
15555 Biscayne Boulevard
N. Miami Beach, Florida

April 17, 2015 • 12:00pm - 1:30pm
 San Diego Color of Justice
The San Diego County Superior Court White will host its fourth Color of Justice program for high school students.

Contact Information: For more information, please contact Judge Tamila Ipema at tipema@yahoo.com.
Hall of Justice
San Diego, California

April 18, 2015 • 10:00am - 2:00pm
 Color of Justice
NAWJ In collaboration with the Bedford Stuyvesant YMCA presents the Color of Justice program. NAWJ will present two panels. The first: Law as a Career - Preparing the Way whose speakers will be Sheryl Orwel, Esq., Weil Cornell Medical School; Hon. Susanna Rojas; Roslyn Midgett, Brooklyn Law School; Janeen Hall, Law Student; and Camille Varlack, Esq. The second: Judges Making a Difference whose speakers will be Hon. Sylvia Hinds-Radix; Hon. Margo Broddie; Hon. Cheryl Gonzales; Hon. Carolyn Wade; Hon. Evelyn LaPorte; and Hon. Lillian Wan. Program coordinators are Hon. Ruth Shillingford, Hon. Joanne Quinones, and NAWJ District Director Hon. Betty Williams.

Contact Information: For more information, please contact Judge Ruth Shillingford, Kings County Supreme Court. Tel: (347) 296-1434.
Bedford Stuyvesant YMCA
1121 Bedford Avenue
Brooklyn, New York

April 23-24, 2015 
 2015 NAWJ Midyear Meeting and Leadership Conference
The annual midyear meeting of the National Association of Women Judges

Contact Information: For conference information Mary-Kathleen Todd at (202) 393-0222. NAWJ, 1341 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Suite 4.2, Washington, D.C. 20036.
Palmer House (Hilton Hotel)
17 East Monroe Street
Chicago, Illinois

April 29, 2015 • 10:00am - 2:00pm
 San Francisco Color of Justice
NAWJ, California Women Lawyers and the Queen’s Bench will present a Color of Justice program in San Francisco on April 29 for high school students from the San Francisco Unified District.

Contact Information: For more information, please contact Lavinia Cousin at ()202) 393-0222.
San Francisco, California

MAY 2015

JUNE 2015

JULY 2015




October 8-11, 2015 
 NAWJ 37th Annual Conference
The Association's annual conference presentation of education programs and business meetings dedicated to current mission priorities.

Contact Information: For more information, please contact Mary-Kathleen Todd at (202) 393-0222. NAWJ, 1341 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Suite 4.2, Washington, D.C. 20036.
Salt Lake City, Utah





February 25 -26, 2016 
 Color of Justice High School Program
2:30 PM - 6:30 PM Thursday at Cook Inlet Region Incorporated

9:00 AM - 4:00 PM Friday at the Anchorage Courthouses

A program fostering diversity in the legal profession and the Judiciary, one student at a time. Law school professors and Alaskan judges and attorneys will teach workshops on law and legal careers. Registration is free and open to students in grades 9-12.

Contact Information: Visit http://courts.alaska.gov/outreach/index.htm#coj for more information, and download the flyer here.
Cook Inlet Region Incorporated, 725 E. Fireweed, Anchorage. Anchorage Boney Courthouse, 303 K Street, Anchorage.
Anchorage, Alaska

MARCH 2016

APRIL 2016

MAY 2016

May 26-29, 2016 
 IAWJ 2016 Biennial Conference
The National Association of Women Judges will host the International Association of Women Judges’ Biennial Conference. While celebrating the 25th anniversary of IAWJ, the conference will bring its members together to network, engage in judicial exchange and explore issues of common concern. It will gather IAWJ members from five different regions of the world: Africa, Asia and the South Pacific, Latin America and the Caribbean, Europe and the Middle East, and North America.

Contact Information: For more information, please contact Mary Kathleen Todd at mtodd@nawj.org.
Omi Shoreham
Washington, District of Columbia

JUNE 2016

JULY 2016




October 5-9, 2016 
 NAWJ 2016 Annual Conference
NAWJ’s annual conference of members, judges, attorneys, legal experts and friends gather to explore emerging and challenging topics affecting judges and the judiciary.

Contact Information: For more information, contact conference chair Justice Susan Owens, or NAWJ Executive Director Marie Komisar at (202) 393-0222.
Sheraton Seattle Hotel
Seattle, Washington



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