|NAWJ Midyear and Southeastern Leadership Conference
Atlanta, GA April 3 - 5, 2009
Southeast Leadership Conference in Atlanta, Georgia:
NAWJ’s First Ever Mid Year Conference in Georgia Draws Splendid Reception, Attendance
From Across Atlanta’s Legal Community, and Beyond
Nearly 200 NAWJ members, interested judges, lawyers, law students and others from Atlanta
and beyond joined our Board of Directors at the 2009 MidYear Meeting and Southeastern Leadership
Conference. The Conference was hosted by NAWJ President La Tia W. Martin and was held at
the Intercontinental Hotel Buckhead in Atlanta. Conference attendees gathered to enjoy a
plethora of events, including: an informative luncheon address by the Hon. Glenda Hatchett;
a recognition ceremony for the pioneering efforts of former Eleventh Circuit U.S. Appeals
Court Judge Hon. Phyllis A. Kravitch which was held at the fabulous law offices of Nelson
Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP; and a general spread of good cheer at the reception held
at the lovely home of Conference Co-Chair Georgia Supreme Court Presiding Justice Carol W. Hunstein.
The Keynote Luncheon Speaker, Hon. Glenda Hatchett, host of the syndicated show ‘Judge Hatchett’
and former Chief Presiding Judge of the Fulton County’s Juvenile Court, delivered a riveting
speech on children which reminded judges in attendance to “keep their promise to care for our
children while upholding the law.” This event was graciously sponsored by one of Atlanta’s
leading law firms: Butler, Wooten & Fryhofer, LLP.
We applaud the outstanding efforts of the Conference Co-Chairs from the Georgia Supreme Court
Presiding Justice Carol Hunstein and Chief Justice Leah Ward Sears as well as local conference
planning committee members; Hon. Nina Radakovich, Hon. Cynthia Becker, Leah Givan, Terry Cobb
and Sylvia Gaines. Programming included a substantive and cutting edge Family Law program
which discussed emerging issues of parenthood and the courts response to family and community
stability. The outstanding Panel speakers were Washington and Lee University Law School
Professor Robin Fretwell Wilson and former Georgia Judge Tom Rawlings, Director of the Georgia
Office of the Child Advocate. Those in attendance posed many questions to the panelists
which resulted in quite interesting discussions.
Boasting an awe-inspiring view of the city, few offices in Atlanta rival those of the Law
Offices of Nelson Mullins in the new Atlantic Center Tower, which hosted the Friday evening
reception through the enthusiastic charm of one of its attorneys, Taylor Daly.
Hon. Carol W. Hunstein welcomed attendees and friends to her wonderful home for a delightful
evening reception at which Equal Access to Justice Scholarships were awarded to Lisamarie Nellyn
Bristol, a Juris Doctor candidate at Georgia State University College of Law in Atlanta, Georgia,
and Amber C. Saunders, candidate for Juris Doctor at John Marshall Law School in Atlanta, Georgia.
Attorneys Kevin Rubin and John Harbin, representatives from reception sponsor law firms Greenberg
Traurig and King & Spalding respectively, were on hand to recognize and support efforts to
advance emerging leaders in the law.
NAWJ recognizes the persistent and selfless efforts of Friends Committee Chairs Linda A. Klein,
Esq., Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC; Stephanie E. Parker, Esq., Jones Day;
Elizabeth A. Price, Esq., Alston & Bird LLP; Lynn M. Roberson, Esq., Swift, Currie, McGhee &
Hiers LLP; Lovita T. Tandy Esq., King & Spalding LLP; and Lee Wallace, Esq., Bird Law Group, P.C.
and the supportive Conference Sponsors;
Platinum Sponsors: Daily Report and Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP;
Gold Sponsors: Alston & Bird LLP, Butler, Wooten & Fryhofer, LLP, Coca-Cola Enterprises,
Greenberg Traurig, LLP, King & Spalding and West, a Thomson Reuters Business;
Silver Sponors: Cook & Connelly, Jones Day, Kilpatrick Stockton LLP, and Schiff Hardin LLP;
Bronze Sponsors: Atlanta Bar Association, Darryl Wiseman Flowers, Doffermyre Shields Canfield Knowles &
Devine LLP, Georgia Trial Lawyers Association, Hall, Booth, Smith & Slover, PC, Peter A. Law, P.C.,
Malone Law, and Weinberg, Wheeler, Hudgins, Gunn & Dial, LLC; and
Supporters: Atlanta Bar Litigation Section, Atlanta Braves, Atlanta Chapter of the Federal Bar Association,
Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC, Belk Department Store at Phipps Plaza, Bodker, Ramsey,
Andrews, Winograd & Wildstein, P.C., Bondurant, Mixson & Elmore, LLP, The Law Office of Michael P.
Carestia, Coca Cola, Court Call, The Finley Firm, P.C., Laurie Webb Daniels, Esq., Georgia Association of
Women Lawyers, Georgia Defense Lawyers Association, Georgia State Bar Association Young Lawyers Division,
Insley and Race, LLC, The Junior League of Atlanta, Locke Lord Bissell & Liddell LLP, Jim McDonald, Esq.,
McKenna Long Aldridge, C. Brad Marsh & Elizabeth Obenshain, Michael & Heather Papirio, Lynn Roberson,
Esq., Slappey & Sadd, LLC, Stonewall Bar Association and Swift, Currie, McGhee & Hiers, LLP.
Thank you all so very much!
This year’s Midyear and Southeastern Leadership Conference will take place at the
Intercontinental Buckhead in the near suburbs of Atlanta, Georgia. Hotel rates are $179.00 per night, and you may
reserve accommodations by calling (877) 422-8254. Identify our group name, "NAWJ", to receive the conference rate.
You must make reservations by March 13, 2009. Subject to availability.
The registration fee for the entire conference includes the Keynote Luncheon, educational
sessions, receptions, meals, and transportation.
NAWJ Full Conference:
Friday Keynote lunch ONLY Fee
NAWJ Member Full Conference: $125.00
Non-NAWJ Member Full Conference: $175.00
NAWJ Members: $65.00
Friday Reception ONLY Fee
Non NAWJ Members: $80.00
NAWJ Members: $35.00
Non NAWJ Members: $50.00
Click here to register online and pay by MasterCard, VISA or AMEX.
Or download the registration form
to fax or mail to NAWJ. Send to:
National Association of Women Judges
1341 Connecticut Avenue, Suite 4.2
Washington, DC 20036
Fax: (202) 393-0125
Hon. Leah Ward Sears
Georgia Supreme Court
Hon. Carol W. Hunstein
Supreme Court of Georgia
Hon. Cynthia J. Becker
DeKalb Co. Superior Court
Hon. Nina M. Radakovich, Retired
City Court of Atlanta
Ms. Silvia A. Gaines
Georgia Committee on Access & Fairness in the Courts
Administrative Office of the Courts
Ms. Leah K. Givan, MSW
Coordinator of the Commission on Children, Marriage and Family Law
Supreme Court of Georgia
PROGRAM SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
Friday LuncheonNoon – 1:30PM
- Keynote Speaker: Hon. Glenda Hatchett, Retired Chief Presiding Judge,
Fulton County, Georgia Juvenile Court, host of syndicated show “Judge Hatchett.”
Friday Afternoon Panels - Family Law1:30PM - 3:30PM
1:30PM - 2:30PM
De Facto Parenthood and Child Well-Being
Speaker: Robin Fretwell Wilson, Washington & Lee University Law School
The American Law Institute (ALI) has proposed sweeping changes in
the legal conception of parenthood that would confer custody and
visitation rights on de facto parents, and strip legal parents of
the prerogative to decide who has contact with their child. In
many ways, the ALI is engaged in an admirable undertaking: to
provide children with enduring contact with the only father a
child has known, but significant unintended consequences are
likely to result.
2:30PM - 3:30PM
Protecting Children and Our Liberty*
Speaker: Tom Rawlings, Director, Georgia Office of the Child
What is the proper balance between aggressive action to protect
children from abuse and neglect and undesirable over-reaction
resulting in the erosion of civil liberties? What about the state
imposition of psychological harm on children and their families?
What is the law?
This session will discuss these issues in the context of the recent
case involving the removal of 460 children from the Fundamentalist
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (FLDS) compound in Texas.
*These sessions have been approved for CLE credit
through the State Bar of Georgia.
Friday Evening Reception6:00PM - 8:00PM
The Offices of Nelson Mullins
- Sponsored by Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP
- Equal Access to Justice Scholarship Awards
Saturday Breakfast7:00AM - 9:00PM
Saturday Board Meeting9:00AM - 3:00PM
Information packages will be provide for local Atlanta attractions.
Saturday Evening Judicial Reception6:00PM - 8:00PM
The home of Presiding Justice Carol W. Hunstein, Supreme Court of Georgia.
Sunday Farewell Breakfast7:00AM - 9:00PM
Linda A. Klein, Esq.
Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC
Stephanie E. Parker, Esq.
Elizabeth A. Price
Alston & Bird LLP
Lynn M. Roberson, Esq.
Swift, Currie, McGhee & Hiers LLP
Lovita T. Tandy Esq.
King & Spalding LLP
Lee Wallace, Esq.
Bird Law Group, P.C.
Committee membership is currently being developed.
Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP
Alston & Bird LLP
Butler, Wooten & Fryhofer, LLP
Greenberg Traurig, LLP
King & Spalding
West, a Thomson Reuters Business
Cook & Connelly
Kilpatrick Stockton LLP
Schiff Hardin LLP
Atlanta Bar Association
Darryl Wiseman Flowers
Doffermyre Shields Canfield Knowles & Devine LLP
Georgia Trial Lawyers Association
Hall, Booth, Smith & Slover, PC
Peter A. Law, P.C.
Weinberg, Wheeler, Hudgins, Gunn & Dial, LLC
Atlanta Bar Litigation Section
Atlanta Chapter of the Federal Bar Association
Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC
Bodker, Ramsey, Andrews, Winograd & Wildstein, P.C.
Bondurant, Mixson & Elmore, LLP
The Law Office of Michael P. Carestia
The Finley Firm, P.C.
Georgia Association of Women Lawyers
Georgia Defense Lawyers Association
Insley and Race, LLC
Locke Lord Bissell & Liddell LLP
Mckenna Long Aldridge
C. Brad Marsh & Elizabeth Obenshain
Michael & Heather Papirio
Lynn Roberson, Esq.
Slappey & Sadd, LLC
Stonewall Bar Assocication
Swift, Currie, McGhee & Hiers, LLP
BECOME A SPONSOR
Sponsorship Levels and Benefits:
Ten tickets to the April 3rd Keynote Luncheon (at the Sponsor’s option, all 10 tickets may
be used for the Sponsor and Sponsor’s guests, or
a Judge will be seated at the Sponsor’s table
and nine tickets will be available to the Sponsor and the Sponsor’s guests, or five tickets
will be situated at each of two tables, with a Judge and four non-Sponsor guests seated at
each table) plus
- Ten tickets to Family Law panel
- Ten tickets to 4/3 Justice Sears Reception
- Two tickets to 4/4 Judicial Reception
- Recognition as a National NAWJ Platinum Sponsor on hotel signage, on the NAWJ webpage
and in all electronic and print communications with members
Eight tickets to the April 3rd Keynote Luncheon (at the Sponsor’s option, all 8 tickets
may be used for the Sponsor and Sponsor’s guests, or
a Judge will be seated at the Sponsor’s table and seven tickets will be available
to the Sponsor and the Sponsor’s guests and up to two non-Sponsor guests will
be seated at the table, or
will be situated at each of two tables, with a Judge and up to five non-Sponsor guests
seated at each table) plus
- Eight tickets to Family Law panel
- Eight tickets to 4/3 Justice Sears Reception
- Two tickets to 4/4 Judicial Reception
- Recognition as a National NAWJ Gold Sponsor on hotel signage, on the NAWJ webpage and
in all electronic and print communications with members
- Four tickets to the April 3rd Keynote Luncheon (best efforts will be made
to seat a judge at the table)
- Four tickets to Family Law panel
- Four tickets to 4/3 Justice Sears Reception
- Recognition as a National NAWJ Siler Sponsor on hotel signage, on the NAWJ webpage and in
all electronic and print communications with members
We will try to accommodate requests for tickets that do not fit within one of the Sponsorship
categories but cannot guarantee that we will be able to fill all special requests. We intend
to organize a pool for unused tickets that will be made available to legal services attorneys
and, consistent with ethical guidelines, to government attorneys.
- Two tickets to the April 3rd Keynote Luncheon (best efforts will be made
to seat a judge at the table)
- Two tickets to Family Law panel
- Two tickets to 4/3 Justice Sears Reception
- Recognition as a National NAWJ Bronz Sponsor on hotel signage,
on the NAWJ webpage and in all electronic and print communications with members