2020 Annual Conference



NAWJ 42nd Annual Conference

The Music of Equality

October 12-15, 2020 | Nashville, TN

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Nashville Downtown





The registration fee includes all educational sessions, receptions, and meals (unless otherwise indicated).


Early Bird (until 7/15/20) Regular (until 9/21/20) Late/Onsite Single Day
NAWJ Member $695.00 $745.00 $795.00 $350.00
Non-Member $795.00 $845.00 $895.00 $350.00

Cancellation policy

All NAWJ Conference cancellation requests must be submitted in writing via email to Janelle Mihoc, Membership & Administrative Coordinator at jmihoc@nawj.org. Cancellation requests received more than 30 days prior to the conference, will incur a $50.00 administrative fee. Cancellations 30 days or less prior to the conference, will not be refunded.  Eligible refunds will be processed within 60 days of receipt of written notice of cancellation.

Please click here to read our in-depth refund policy and our cancellation policy if the conference is affected for reasons outside the control of NAWJ or due to the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Conference Agenda

Monday | October 12, 2020

12:00 PM - 4:00 PM Board of Director's Meeting
12:00 PM - 5:00 PM Registration and Exhibit Hall Open
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM Law Student Mentorship Program
4:30 PM - 5:00 PM First-time attendee and International Judges Gathering
5:00 PM - 6:30 PM International Judges and First-time Attendees Welcome
Welcome reception for all attendees

Tuesday | October 13, 2020

8:30 AM - 5:00 PM Registration and Exhibit Hall Open
9:00 AM - 10:30 AM Welcome and Networking Breakfast
10:45 AM - 12:00 PM AM Plenary Session:
The Rural America Our Legal System Has Left Behind
12:15 PM - 1:45 PM Plenary Luncheon:
A conversation with Elaine Weiss, author of The Woman's Hour: The Great Fight to Win the Vote, the gripping story, replete with booze and blackmail, betrayal and courage, of how, in one hot summer in Nashville, America's women won their own freedom in the opening campaign in the great twentieth-century battle for civil rights.
2:00 PM - 3:15 PM PM Breakout Sessions:
The New Faces of Suffrage: Restoration of Voting Rights
Making A Difference On and Off the Bench
Ethics, Lies and Videotape (*End time 3:30 PM)
3:30 PM - 4:45 PM Global Architects: Conversations About Ethics Around the World (International Tea and Ethics)
Pathways to Justice: How Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Impact Court Proceedings
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM Special Event: Party With A Purpose
Party with A Purpose at the Parthenon in the Athena Parthenos Hall to benefit Nashville tornado and COVID-19 relief efforts

Wednesday | October 14, 2020

7:00 AM - 5:00 PM Registration and Exhibit Hall Open
7:30 AM - 8:30 AM District Meetings
8:15 AM - 8:45 AM Grab n' Go Breakfast
8:45 AM - 10:15 AM AM Plenary Session:
Writing Judicial Opinions (and Briefs) That Could be Bestsellers
10:30 AM - 11:45 AM AM Breakout Sessions:
Implicit Bias: Racial and Gender Equity
Technology: Friend or Foe?
Do I Have Glass in My Hair?
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM Plenary Luncheon:
Keynote TBD
1:45 PM - 3:00 PM PM Breakout Sessions:
The Human Side of Judging (Part I)
Access to Justice for LGBTQ Youth
After COVID-19: How the Coronavirus Crisis and Its Aftermath Will Impact Courts
Ethics, Lies and Videotape (*End time 3:15 PM)
3:15 PM - 4:30 PM PM Breakout Sessions:
The Human Side of Judging (Part II)
Contemporary Challenges: Attacks on the Courts and the New Normal
Expecting the Unexpected: Managing Obstacles Involving Self-Represented Litigants
4:30 PM - 5:30 PM Committee Meetings
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM Bar Reception

Thursday | October 15, 2020

7:30 AM - 3:00 PM Registration and Exhibit Hall Open
8:15 AM - 9:45 AM NAWJ Business Meeting and Breakfast
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM The Perfect 36: A Reenactment of the Tennessee Vote on Ratification of the 19th Amendment
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM Reception (following reenactment)
*Lunch on your own immediately following
12:00 PM - 2:15 PM New Board Meeting
2:30 PM - 3:15 PM PM Plenary Session:
Supreme Court Review with Dean Erwin Chemerinsky
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM Resource Board Meeting
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM Pre-Gala Friend's Reception
6:00 PM - 11:00 PM Gala and Dancing

*Agenda subject to change


The host hotel for the conference is the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Nashville Downtown located at 315 4th Avenue North • Nashville, TN  37219. Click here to reserve online or call 1-800-222-8733 and refer to the group name "2020 NAWJ Annual Conference" or the group code "AWJ".  Rooms at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Nashville Downtown have been guaranteed at the rate of $259 per night, plus applicable state and local taxes, single or double occupancy.  Reservations must be made on or before September 21, 2020 to guarantee the conference rate.  Occasionally room blocks fill before the cut-off date; early booking is recommended.


Located in Nashville, DoubleTree by Hilton Nashville Downtown is in the business district and near the airport. The area's natural beauty can be seen at Riverfront Park, while Ryman Auditorium and Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum are cultural highlights. The Nashville International Airport (BNA) is located within a 20 minute drive (8 miles) of the hotel. 16 passenger airlines service the airport, including major airlines Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, American Eagle, Delta Airlines, JetBlue, Southwest and United Airlines. Once in you arrive in Nashville, there are many options to get to the hotel or sightsee.

Ridesharing from the Nashville International Airport is common, Uber and Lyft are the only recommended ridesharing services available. Uber or Lyft vehicles pick up at the Ground Transportation Center, Level 1 of the Terminal Garage. Taxi service is also available, pick up is in the Ground Transportation Center. From the airport, the meter starts at $7 and the rate is $2.10 per mile. There is a flat rate of $25 to the downtown area and the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center area, plus an additional passenger charge of $1 when accompanying the original passenger and proceeding to the same destination.

If you’re looking to travel Nashville in a vehicle of your own, all major car rental companies are available at the Rental Car Facility located outside the airport. For a list of companies, please click here.

Planning Committee

Thank you to our Planning Committee. We are so grateful for all you have done in developing this year's conference and associated programming. Committee list coming soon!


The NAWJ Annual Conference Sponsors have the unique opportunity to connect with a diverse network of judges from all levels of the judiciary across the United States. As a sponsor at the NAWJ Annual Conference, you will build relationships, build upon your professional development skills and have the opportunity to promote your organization. For more details about sponsorship, please review the Sponsorship Brochure.

GOLD - $15,000

Lieff Cabraser Heiman & Bernstein, LLP
Sherrard Roe Voigt & Harbison, PLC

BENCH - $2,500

First Horizon Bank
Frost Brown Todd LLC
Nashville Airport Authority
NES Power

YELLOW ROSE - $1,000

The Honorable Lynda Jones

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