Committees

Committees



ADA COMPLIANCE POLICY

The committee's tasks are 1) to consider amendments to the Conference Planning Manual to reflect practical considerations for accommodation at all stages of conference planning, development and execution, and 2) to make recommendations for additional NAWJ commitments in this area. 

Committee Chair:

Hon. Marilyn G. Paja, Kitsap County District Court, Washington

Members:

Hon. Victoria Kolakowski, Alameda County Superior Court
Hon. Julia Weatherly, Prince Georges Circuit Court, Maryland


ADMINISTRATIVE JUDICIARY

The Administrative Judiciary committee ensures that administrative law judges at all levels are included and reflected in all aspects of NAWJ membership, leadership, networking, and educational programming.  The committee also ensures that proposed legislation and other issues impacting Administrative Judiciaries are fully addressed by the Executive Committee, Board of Directors.

Committee Chairs:

Hon. Emily Gould Chafa, State of Iowa, Retired

Hon. Susan Lois Formaker, Office of Administrative Hearings

Members:

Hon. Dania Ayoubi, Maryland Office of Administrative Hearings
Hon. Mumtaz Bari-Brown, Office of Administrative Law
Hon. Ann Breen-Greco, Independent Administrative Judiciary Professional
Hon. Joan Churchill, Immigration Judge, Retired
Hon. Christopher Costa, D.C. Office of Administrative Hearings
Hon. Gwenlynn D'Souza, D.C. Department of Employment Services
Hon. Jennifer Gee, U.S. Department of Labor
Hon. Carol A. King, Immigration Judge, Retired
Hon. Margaret Mangan, D.C. Office of Administrative Hearings
Hon. Michelle A. McGovern, Iowa Division of Workers' Compensation, Retired
Hon. Beverly Nash, D.C. Office of Administrative Hearings
Hon. Erika Pierson, D.C. Office of Administrative Hearings
Hon. Dorothy Chou Proudfoot, San Francisco Rent Board
Hon. Rupa Puttagunta, D.C. Rental Housing Commission
Hon. Kristin Rosi, California Department of Insurance
Hon. Emily Cameron Shattil, Social Security Administration, Retired
Hon. Theresa Catherine Timlin, U.S. Dept. of Labor
Hon. Mimi Tsankov, New York Immigration Court
Hon. Cheryl Whelan, Kansas Office of Administrative Hearings
Hon. Erin Masson Wirth, Federal Maritime Commission 


ANNUAL CONFERENCE SITE SELECTION

The Conference Site Selection committee researches, works with local NAWJ leaders, and recommends and secures agreement for the Board for future venues for the Annual Conference.

Committee Chair:

Hon. Marcella Holland, Baltimore City Circuit Court, Maryland

Members:

Hon. Marguerite Downing, Superior Court of California
Hon. Wendy Li, New York State Court
Hon. Debra Silber, Supreme Court Kings County
Hon. Julia Weatherly, Prince Georges Circuit Court, Maryland


AWARDS

The Awards committee elects recipients of the Honoree of the Year Joan Dempsey Klein Award, and the Florence K. Murray Award.

Committee ChairS:

Hon. Cindy Davis, San Diego Supreme Court

Hon. Ariane Vuono, Massachusetts Court of Appeals

Members:

Hon. Judith Chirlin, Los Angeles Superior Court, Retired
Ms. Cathy Winter-Palmer, CWP & Associates


BYLAWS

The Bylaws Committee provides the Board of Directors with advice to the history, interpretation, and meaning of the bylaws, prepares and drafts new and amended bylaws for the Board’s consideration, and advises the Board on the application of bylaws.

Committee ChairS:

Hon. Fernande (Nan) Duffly, Massachusetts Supreme Court, Retired

Hon. Julie Frantz, Mulnoltmah County Circuit Court, Retired

Members:

Hon. Ann Walsh Bradley, Wisconsin Supreme Court 
Hon. Toni E. Clarke, Prince Georges Circuit Court, Maryland
Hon. Dana Fabe, Alaska Supreme Court, Retired
Hon. Karen Sage, 299th District Court of Texas


CONGRESSIONAL WOMEN'S CAUCUS MEETING

COMMITTEE CHAIRS: 

Hon. Toni Clarke, Prince Georges Circuit Court, Maryland

Hon. Anita Josey-Herring, D.C. Superior Court

MEMBERS:

Ms. Cori Barkman, Michigan Department of AG
Hon. Joan Churchill, Immigration Court, Retired
Hon. Beverly Cutler, Alaska Court System, 3rd Judicial District, Retired
Commissioner Candice Garcia-Rodrigo, Riverside Superior Court
Hon. Lumarie Maldonado Cruz, New York State Judiciary
Hon. Maura Slattery Boyle, Cook County Circuit Court, Civil
Hon. Mimi Tsankov, New York Immigration Court


DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

The Domestic Violence committee explores, develops, and presents NAWJ judicial educational programs relating to issues of domestic violence.

Committee Chairs:

Hon. Tracey Flemings-Davillier, Orleans Parish Criminal District Court

Hon. Amy Ronayne Krause, Michigan Court of Appeals

Members:

Commissioner Doreen Boxer, Los Angeles Superior Court
Hon. Lori Dougherty-Bichsel, 3rd Judicial District of Kansas
Hon. Lenora Foote-Beavers, Buffalo City Court
Hon. Ernestine Gray, Orleans Parish Juvenile Court, Retired
Hon. Margo Hoy, San Diego Superior Court
Hon. Andrea Iannazzi, Rhode Island Family Court
Commissioner Diane Kiesel, Pierce County Superior Court
Hon. Lumarie Maldonado Cruz, New York State Judiciary
Hon. Lisa Ottley, Kings County Supreme Court
Hon. Marilyn Paja, Kitsap County District Court
Lynn Schafran, Esq., Legal Momentum
Hon. Catherine Shaffer, King County Superior Court
Hon. Barbara Stalder, 280th Judicial District, Texas


ENSURING RACIAL EQUITY IN THE JUSTICE SYSTEM

The Ensuring Racial Equity in the Justice System committee seeks to educate its members and the general public about how racial inequity can manifest itself in the judicial system and works towards identifying specific steps through which courts can remedy the inequity. 

Committee Chair:

Hon. Terrie Roberts, San Diego Superior Court

Members:

Hon. Olga Alvarez, San Diego Superior Court
Hon. Yvette Ayala, Fort Mojave Indian Tribe
Hon. Dania Ayoubi, Maryland Office of Administrative Hearings
Hon. Judy Bae, San Diego Superior Court
Hon. Claudia Barber, D.C. Office of Administrative Hearings
Hon. Ann Breen-Greco, Independent Administrative Judiciary Professional
Ms. Roxanne Carter, State of California
Hon. Wendy Chang, Los Angeles Superior Court
Hon. Pamela Dashiell, Massachusetts Trial Court
Hon. Stacey Fortes, Massachusetts Trial Court
Hon. Holly Fujie, Superior Court of California
Hon. Dianna Gibson, Third District Court, State of Utah
Hon. Maya Guerra Gamble, 459th District Court, Texas
Hon. Wilma Guzman, Bronx Supreme Court
Hon. Roxie Holder, Portsmouth General District Court
Hon. Tamila Ipema, San Diego County Superior Court
Hon. Tanya Jones Bosier, D.C. Court
Hon. David Keenan, King County Superior Court
Comm. Nadia Keilani, San Diego County Superior Court
Hon. Andrea Koppenhofer, Aurora Municipal Court
Hon. Lynn Leopold, Family Court
Hon. Tilisha Martin, San Diego Superior Court
Hon. Judith McConnell, Court of Appeal
Commissioner Pennie McLaughlin, San Diego Superior Court
Hon. Edwina Mendelson, Court of Claims
Hon. Orlinda Naranjo, Retired
Captain Michelle Pettit, Navy Reserve Trial Judiciary
Hon. Maria Puente-Porras, Los Angeles Superior Court
Hon. Kristin Rosi, California Department of Insurance
Hon. Maria Salas-Mendoza, 120th Judicial District Court
Hon. Mary Sommer, Connecticut Superior Court
Hon. Patricia Starr, Maricopa County Superior Court
Ms. Sherry Thompson-Taylor, San Diego County District Attorney Office
Hon. Carmen Velasquez, Queens County Supreme Court
Hon. Elizabeth Weishaupl, 18th Judicial Court
Lauren Woon, Esq., San Diego Superior Court


ETHICS

The Ethics committee identifies, researches, and provides guidance on ethical questions and serves as a resource to members seeking information on ethical issues. The committee also researches and provides recommendations to the NAWJ Board of Directors regarding ethical issues deemed appropriate by the Board for comment or recommendation.

Committee Chair:

Hon. Tam Nomoto Schumann, Orange County Superior Court, Retired

Members:

Hon. Christopher Costa, D.C. Office of Administrative Hearings
Commissioner Candice Garcia-Rodrigo, Riverside Superior Court
Commissioner Diana Kiesel, Pierce County Superior Court
Hon. Lumarie Maldonado Cruz, New York State Judiciary
Hon. Debra Squires-Lee, Massachusetts Superior Court
Hon. Patricia Starr, Maricopa County Superior Court
Hon. Elizabeth Weishaupl, 18th Judicial District


FAIRNESS AND ACCESS

The Fairness and Access committee recommends steps necessary to ensure diversity in the justice system primarily with respect to women, but also as to minorities and the LGBT community, and ensures that the system provides fair and equal access, opportunity and treatment to all sectors of the community.

Committee Chairs:

Hon. Tamila Ipema, San Diego County Superior Court

Commissioner Nadia Keilani, San Diego Superior Court

Members:

Hon. Emily Chafa, State of Iowa, Retired
Hon. Stephanie Davis, Comanche County Court
Hon. Susan Formaker, Office of Administrative Hearings
Hon. Wilma Guzman, Bronx Supreme Court
Hon. Marilyn Paja, Kitsap County District Court
Hon. Terrie Roberts, San Diego Superior Court
Hon. Kristin Rosi, California Department of Insurance
Lynn Schafran, Esq., Legal Momentum
Hon. Mary Sommer, Connecticut Superior Court
Renee Stackhouse, Esq., Stackhouse APC
Hon. Elizabeth Yablon, New York State Supreme Court


HUMAN TRAFFICKING

The Human Trafficking committee works toward eliminating human trafficking, especially women and children trafficked for sexual and labor exploitation.

Committee Chairs:

Hon. Ann Breen Greco, Independent Administrative Judiciary Professional

Summer Stephan, Esq., San Diego District Attorney

Members:

Hon. Stacy Boulware Eurie, Superior Court of California, County of Sacramento
Kimberly Brown, Jones Day
Hon. Wendy Chang, Los Angeles Superior Court
Hon. Joan Churchill, Immigration Judge, Retired
Hon. Cole Dalton, Office of Administrative Hearings
Hon. Charlotte Davidson, Immigration Court, Retired
Hon. Lori Dumas, First Judicial District
Hon. Ernestine Gray, Orleans Parish Juvenile Court, Retired
Commissioner Lisa Gregory, D.C. Rental Housing Commissioner
Hon. Wilma Guzman, Bronx Supreme Court
Mrs. Sally Kader, International Federation for Peace and Sustainable Development
Hon. Carmen Kcomt, Superior Court of Justice-Peru, Retired
Hon. Chris Ann Kelley, NYS Court of Claims
Hon. Carol King, Immigration Judge, Retired
Hon. Elizabeth Lee, Superior Court of San Mateo County
Hon. Joy Lobrano, Fourth Circuit Court of Appeal
Hon. Lumarie Maldonado Cruz, New York State Judiciary
Hon. Bobbie McCartney, U.S. Department of Agriculture
Hon. Renee Minarik, NYS Court of Claims
Hon. Catherine Moore, King County Superior Court
Hon. Linda Murnane, Retired
Lynn Schafran, Esq., Legal Momentum
Hon. Mimi Tsankov, New York Immigration Court
Hon. Renee Worke, Minnesota Court of Appeals
Fanny Yu, Esq., San Diego County District Attorney Office


IMMIGRATION

The Immigration committee explores, develops, and presents NAWJ judicial educational programs relating to issues on Immigration law, diversity, inclusiveness, implicit bias, cultural humility, acceptance and tolerance.

Committee Chairs:

Hon. Joan Churchill, Immigration Judge, Retired

Members:

Hon. Beverly Cutler, Alaska Court System, 3rd Judicial District
Hon. Holly D'Andrea, Executive Office of Immigration Review, TX
Hon. Victoria L. Ghartey, Immigration Court, Exec. Office for Immigration Review, FL
Hon. Katherine Hansen, Executive Office of Immigration Review, MN
Hon. Tamila Ipema, San Diego County Superior Court
Hon. Amiena Khan, EOIR/Immigration Court
Hon. Carol King, Immigration Court, Retired
Hon. Andrea Koppenhofer, New York Immigration Court
Hon. Rosalind Malloy, U.S. Department of Justice, Retired
Hon. Dana Leigh Marks, Immigration Court
Hon. Tiffany Palmer, Court of Common Pleas of Philadelphia
Hon. Mimi Tsankov, New York Immigration Court


INTERNATIONAL OUTREACH

The International Outreach committee ensures that NAWJ is well-informed about international law and related issues, educates members on these issues, and provides commentary when appropriate. The committee seeks to maximize participation of women judges in international tribunals, the International Association of Women Judges, and other internationally-oriented bodies.

INTERNATIONAL Liaison:

Hon. Lisa Walsh, 11th Judicial Circuit Court, Civil Division

Members:

Hon. Rosemary Barkett, Iran-United States Claims Tribunal
Hon. Anne Barnes, Court of Appeals of Georgia, Atlanta
Hon. Frances Bourliot, 14th Court of Appeals
Hon. Judith Chirlin, Los Angeles Superior Court, Retired
Hon. Joan Churchill, Immigration Court, Retired
Hon. Michelle Gehlsen, King County District Court
Hon. Ellen Gesmer, Appellate Division
Hon. Victoria Ghartey, Immigration Court
Hon. Dianna Gibson, Third District Court, State of Utah
Hon. Ernestine Gray, Orleans Parish Juvenile Court, Retired
Hon. Tamila Ipema, San Diego Superior Court
Hon. Victoria Kolakowski, Alameda County Superior Court
Hon. Wendy Li, New York State Court
Hon. Lumarie Maldonado Cruz, New York State Judiciary
Commissioner K. Pennie McLaughlin, San Diego Superior Court
Hon. Linda Strite Murnane, Retired
Hon. Orlinda Naranjo, Retired
Hon. Cara Lee T. Neville, 4th Judicial District Court, MN
Hon. Ramona See, Los Angeles Superior Court
Hon. Lisette Shirdan-Harris, Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas
Hon. Maura Slattery Boyle, Cook County Circuit Court, Civil
Hon. Carmen Velasquez, Supreme Court, Queens County
Hon. Pamela Washington, Alaska Superior Court
Hon. Elizabeth Weishaupl, 18th Judicial District
Hon. Rohanee Zapanta, San Diego Superior Court


JUDICIAL Education & ACADEMIC NETWORK

The Judicial Education & Academic Network committee recommends to the Board of Directors and membership timely topics and subject matter for programs and assists in developing, and presenting judicial educational programs. In addition, the committee provides guidance in recording and preserving NAWJ history and archives.

Committee Chairs:

Hon. Elizabeth White, JAMS

Hon. Lisa Walsh, 11th Judicial Circuit Court, Civil Division

Members:

Hon. Lucy Billings, New York State Supreme Court
Hon. Laura Birkmeyer, Superior Court of San Diego
A.J. Bosman, Esq., Bosman Law Firm
Hon. Monica Bachner, Los Angeles Superior Court
Hon. Karen Donohue, King County Superior Court
Hon. Stacey Fortes, Massachusetts Trial Court
Commissioner Candice Garcia-Rodrigo, Riverside Superior Court
Hon. Wilma Guzman, Bronx Supreme Court
Hon. Anita Josey-Herring, Superior Court of D.C.
Commissioner Diana Kiesel, Pierce County Superior Court
Professor Betsy Levin, Retired
Hon. Judith McConnell, California Court of Appeal
Hon. Marian Perkins, Circuit Court of Cook County
Ms. Annette Pitts, Justice Teaching Center for Civic Learning
Professor Judith Resnik , Yale Law School 
Hon. Kristin Rosi, California Department of Insurance
Lynn Schafran, Esq., Legal Momentum
Hon. Catherine Shaffer, King County Superior Court
Hon. Patricia Starr, Maricopa County Superior Court
Hon. Elizabeth Weishaupl, 18th Judicial District
Hon. Judith Wheat, Arlington Circuit Court


JUDICIAL INDEPENDENCE

The Judicial Independence committee works on issues relating to the independence of the judiciary, particularly as they affect women and minority judges. It oversees the Informed Voters - Fair Judges Project (IVP). The committee recommends appropriate communications with appointing authorities to maximize the number of women appointed/advanced to all judicial positions, and strategizes and develops approaches to gaining access to the positions which comprise those appointing authorities. This committee also assembles information and maintains a database to monitor the current status of all women judges in the United States and to use at presentations to further our mission on the advancement of women in the judiciary.

Committee Chairs:

Hon Robin Hudson, North Carolina Supreme Court

Hon. Debra Stephens, Washington State Supreme Court

Members:

A.J. Bosman, Esq., Bosman Law Firm
Hon. Emily Chafa, State of Iowa, Retired
Hon. Dori Contreras, 13th Court of Appeals
Hon. Karen Donohue, King County Superior Court
Hon. Lynda Jones, Davidson County Court
Hon. Andrea Koppenhofer, New York Immigration Court
Linda Leali, Linda Leali P.A.
Hon. Wendy Li, New York State Court
Hon. Lumarie Maldonado Cruz, New York State Judiciary
Hon. Judith McConnell, California Court of Appeal
Hon. Jamoa Moberly, ADR Services
Annette Pitts, Justice Teaching Center for Civic Learning
Hon. Dorothy Chou Proudfoot, San Francisco Residential Rent Stabilization and Arbitration Board
Hon. Terrie Roberts, San Diego Superior Court
Hon. Ramona See, Los Angeles Superior Court
Hon. Maura Slattery Boyle, Cook County Circuit Court, Civil
Hon. Mimi Tsankov, New York Immigration Court
Hon. Elizabeth Weishaupl, 18th Judicial District
Hon. Rohanee Zapanta, San Diego Superior Court


JUVENILE JUSTICE AND CHILD WELFARE

The Juvenile Justice and Child Welfare committee’s mission is to ensure that NAWJ is well-informed about court initiatives that improve the lives of children and families and increase access to justice in a fair, equitable, effective and timely manner; provide information on standards, practices, and efficacy of the nation’s juvenile courts; explore, develop, and present educational programs related to the wide range of child welfare and  juvenile justice issues in courts and communities; and provide NAWJ members with information from other national associations that address child welfare and  juvenile justice initiatives including continuing education, data and research, publications, and technical assistance information.

Committee Chairs:

Hon. Ernestine S. Gray, Orleans Parish Juvenile Court, Retired

Hon. Joy Cossich Lobrano, Fourth Circuit Court of Appeal, Louisiana

Members:

Hon. Deitra Burney-Butler, Clayton County Juvenile Court, Georgia
Hon. Cole Dalton, Office of Administrative Hearings
Hon. Lori Dumas, Judge, Court of Common Pleas, First Judicial District of Pennsylvania
Hon. Maya Guerra Gamble, 459th District Court, Texas
Hon. Andrea Iannazzi, Rhode Island Family Court
Hon. Judith Kline, Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court
Commissioner Jennifer Lee, Contra Costa County Superior Court
Hon. Deborah McNabb, 17th Circuit Court, Kent County
Hon. Amy Nechtem, Massachusetts Juvenile Court
Hon. Theresa Neo, Minnesota District Court
Hon. Edwina Mendelson, Court of Claims, New York
Hon. Cathy Hollenberg Serrette, Circuit Court for Prince George's County


LAW SCHOOL OUTREACH

The Law School Outreach committee goal is to establish relationships with law schools to strengthen the pipeline of women law students to the bench, and to raise awareness of NAWJ’s mission among both students and faculty members. Strategies may include assisting members in holding NAWJ programs at the law schools such as MentorJet, ‘Life on the Bench’, and other such programs to give advice to students on school and their careers.  Our goal is to reach out and connect with women at law schools so every school has access to women judges, while expanding the presence of NAWJ.

Committee Chair:

Hon. Marylou Muirhead, Boston Housing Court

Members:

Hon. Carol Berry, Arizona Supreme Court
Hon. Frances Bourliot, 14th Court of Appeals
Hon. Colleen Clark, 18th Judicial District Division 405
Hon. Sarah Clark, County Court at Law, Houston Co.
Hon. Michelle Gehlsen, King County District Court
Hon. Wilma Guzman, Bronx Supreme Court
Hon. Margo Hoy, San Diego Superior Court
Hon. Judith Anne Kline, Juvenile & Domestic Relations District Court
Commissioner Jennifer Lee, Contra Costa County Superior Court
Ms. Tracy McCormack, Esq., University of Texas at Austin
Hon. Jamoa Moberly, ADR Services
Hon. Rupa Puttagunta, D.C. Rental Housing Commission
Hon. Laura A. Seigle, Los Angeles Superior Court
Hon. Naita Semaj, Bronx Civil Court
Hon. Debra Squires-Lee, Massachusetts Superior Court
Hon. Patricia Starr, Maricopa County Superior Court
Hon. Cathleen Vitale, Anne Arundel County Circuit Court
Hon. Elizabeth Weishaupl, 18th Judicial District
Hon. Judith Wheat, Arlington Circuit Court
Hon. Renee Worke, Minnesota Court of Appeals


LGBTQ+

NAWJ LGBTQ+ Committee seeks to provide opportunities for NAWJ members to meet and exchange views and to promote education among its members and among the general public on legal and judicial issues related to the gay and lesbian community; and aid in ensuring the equal treatment of all persons who appear in a courtroom, as a litigant, attorney, juror, staff person in any other capacity.

COMMITTEE CHAIR:

Hon. Kristin Rosi, California Department of Insurance

MEMBERS:

Hon. Patricia Baca, 346th District Court, El Paso County
Hon. Patricia Bernstein, Retired
Hon. Ann Breen-Greco, Independent Administrative Judiciary Professional
Hon. Cheryl Cesario, Circuit Court of Cook County
Hon. Emily Chafa, State of Iowa, Retired
Hon. Linda Colfax, Superior Court of California, San Francisco
Hon. Christopher Costa, D.C. Office of Administrative Hearings
Hon. Gwenlynn D'Souza, D.C. Department of Employment Services
Hon. Cole Dalton, Office of Administrative Hearings
Hon. Julie Emede, Superior Court of California, County of Santa Clara
Hon. Tara Flanagan, Alameda County Superior Court
Hon. Carol Feinman, New York Civil Court
Hon. Elizabeth Garry, New York State Supreme Court
Ms. Tristan Higgins, Metaclusive, LLC
Hon. Marcy L. Kahn, New York State Supreme Court, 1st Department
Hon. Chris Ann Kelley, NYS Court of Claims
Hon. Carol King, Retired
Hon. Victoria Kolakowski, Alameda County Superior Court
Hon. Jim Kovach, Harris County Civil Court At Law No. 2, TX
Hon. Michelle McGovern, Iowa Division of Workers' Compensation, Retired
Hon. Theresa Neo, Minnesota District Court
Hon. Tiffany L. Palmer, Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas
Hon. Dorothy Chou Proudfoot, San Francisco Rent Board
Hon. Ronique Bastine Robinson, Stafford Municipal Court, TX
Hon. Paula Rosenstein, Superior Court of California, San Diego
Hon. Debra Silber, Kings County Supreme Court
Hon. Corry Smith, Hampton General District Court
Hon. Patricia Starr, Maricopa County Superior Court
Hon. G. Helen Whitener, Washington State Supreme Court


MEMBERSHIP OUTREACH AND RETENTION

The Membership Outreach and Retention committee ensures NAWJ includes members from each of the major judicial groups, helps to recruit and meet the special needs of each group, and formulates and implements a plan for membership recruitment and retention.  The committee analyzes statistical data and other information that may assist in identifying issues relevant to retaining and increasing membership.

Committee Chairs:

Hon. Julie Countiss - Districts 9-14, Court of Appeals, First District of Texas

Hon. Maya Guerra Gamble - Districts 9-14, 459th District Court, Texas

Hon. Kathy King - Districts 1-8, Kings County Supreme Court 

Members:

Hon. Beverly Cutler, Alaska Court System, 3rd Judicial District, Retired
Hon. Pamela Dashiell, Massachusetts Trial Court
Hon. Michael Finkle, King County District Court
Hon. Holly Fujie, Superior Court of California
Commissioner Candice Garcia-Rodrigo, Riverside Superior Court
Commissioner Lisa Gregory, D.C. Rental Housing Commissioner
Hon. Margo Hoy, San Diego Superior Court
Commissioner Diana Kiesel, Pierce County Superior Court
Hon. Lumarie Maldonado Cruz, New York State Judiciary
Hon. Jamoa Moberly, ADR Services
Hon. Orlinda Naranjo, Retired
Hon. Tiffany Palmer, Court of Common Pleas of Philadelphia
Hon. Ronique Robinson, Stafford Municipal Court
Hon. Naita Semaj, Bronx Civil Court
Hon. Judith Wheat, Arlington Circuit Court
Hon. Rohanee Zapanta, San Diego Superior Court


MILITARY/VETERAN JUDGES

The Military Judges Committee explores programs that inform members about the legal system operating for United States service members and the role of the judiciary.  The committee advises on all issues related to women in the military and retired military members.

Committee Chairs:

Hon. Kirsten Brunson, US Army, Retired

Col. Linda Strite Murnane, Retired

MEMBERS:

Ms. Yadhira Gonzalez-Taylor, City of New York, Department of Education
Hon. Cheryl Whelan, Kansas Office of Administrative Hearings


MOTHERS IN COURT

Mothers in Court Committee identifies the issues that mothers face in the courtroom; from the bench to counsel table, from courtroom staff, jurors and litigants.  The committee will work to raise awareness on these issues, and provide education and methods of addressing them to courts across the nation. 

Committee Chairs:

Renee Stackhouse, Stackhouse APC

Hon. Elizabeth Yablon, NYS Supreme Court

Members:

Hon. Cori Barkman, 29th Circuit Court, Michigan
Commissioner Candice Garcia-Rodrigo, Riverside Superior Court
Hon. Ernestine Gray, Orleans Parish Juvenile Court, Retired
Hon. Maya Guerra Gamble, 459th District Court, Texas
Jamie Zysk Isani, Esq., Hunton Andrews Kurth
Hon. Lynda Jones, Davidson County Court
Hon. Lumarie Maldonado Cruz, New York State Judiciary
Hon. Lisa Ottley, Kings County Supreme Court
Captain Michelle Pettit, Navy Reserve Trial Judiciary
Hon. Naita Semaj, Bronx Civil Court
Ms. Sherry Thompson-Taylor, San Diego County District Attorney Office
Hon. Elizabeth Weishaupl, 18th Judicial District


NOMINATING

The Nominating committee, chaired by the Immediate Past President, presents at least one nominee for each officer position.

Committee Chair:

Hon. Bernadette D'Souza, Orleans Parish Civil District Court

Members:

Hon. Anna Blackburne-Rigsby, District of Columbia Court of Appeals
Hon. Fernande (Nan) Duffly, Massachusetts Supreme Court, Retired
Hon. Dana Fabe, Alaska Supreme Court, Retired
Hon. Julie Frantz, Mulnoltmah County Circuit Court, Retired
Hon. Tamila Ipema, San Diego County Superior Court
Hon. Elizabeth Lee, Superior Court of San Mateo County
Hon. Brenda Loftin, St. Louis County Circuit Court, Retired
Hon. Judith McConnell, California Court of Appeal
Hon. Brenda Murray, Retired
Hon. Amy Nechtem, Massachusetts Juvenile Court
Hon. Bea Ann Smith, Texas Court of Appeals, Retired
Hon. Carmen Velasquez, Queens County Supreme Court


PROGRAMs and PROJECTS

The Projects committee assesses, supports and ensures broad replication of NAWJ programs. The committee also monitors the viability on an ongoing basis of both new and longstanding programs, and periodically tracks their presentations.

Committee Chair:

Hon. Brandy Mueller, County Court at Law #6

Members:

Hon. Dianna Gibson, Third District Court, State of Utah
Hon. Ramona See, Los Angeles Superior Court
Ms. Cathy Winter-Palmer, CWP & Associates
Hon. Cathleen Vitale, Anne Arundel County Circuit Court


RESOLUTIONS

The Resolutions committee receives and reports on all resolutions proposed for adoption at the Annual Meeting.

COMMITTEE CHAIR:

Hon. Mary Schroeder, U.S. Court of Appeals

MEMBERS:

Hon. Sandra Ann Robinson, State of New Jersey
Hon. Karen Romano, Iowa District Court
Hon. Lisa Walsh, 11th Judicial Circuit Court, Civil Division


RETIRED/SENIOR JUDGES

The Retired/Senior Judges committee seeks to maximize the membership and active participation in NAWJ of retired and senior judges. The committee promotes programing, networking, and other opportunities tailored to meet the needs and take advantage of the experience, perspective, and expertise of retired and senior judges.

Committee Chair:

Hon. Joan Churchill, Immigration Judge, Retired

Members:

Hon. Cynthia Baldwin, Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, Retired
Hon. Mumtaz Bari Brown, Office of Administrative Law, Retired
Hon. Suzanne Bruguera, ADR Services, Inc.
Hon. Marjorie Carter, California Superior Court, Orange County, Retired
Hon. Cheryl Cesario, Circuit Court of Cook County
Hon. Emily Chafa, State of Iowa, Retired
Hon. Donna Crandall, Orange County Superior Court, Retired
Hon. Beverly Winslow Cutler, Alaska Court System, 3rd Judicial District
Hon. Ellen Flatley, Gloucester District Court, Retired
Hon. Phyllis Orlikoff Flug, New York State Supreme Court, Queens County, Retired
Hon. Jennifer Gee, U.S. Department of Labor
Hon. Patricia Hurst, Rhode Island Superior Court
Hon. Carol King, Immigration Judge, Retired
Hon. Barbara Levenson, 11th Judicial Circuit of Florida, Retired
Hon. Carole Levy, Bronx Family Court, Retired
Hon. Miki McGovern, Iowa Division of Workers' Compensation
Hon. Patricia McInerney, Retired
Hon. Sharon Mettler, Kern Superior Court, Retired
Hon. Jamoa Moberly, ADR Services
Hon. Susan Moiseev, 46th District Court
Hon. Karla Moskowitz, Appellate Division, First Department, NY
Hon. Beverly Nash, D.C. Office of Administrative Hearings, Retired
Hon. Cara Lee Neville, 4th Judicial District Court, MN
Hon. Doris A. Pechkurow, Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas, PA
Hon. Sandra Ann Robinson, State of New Jersey
Hon. Kitty Schild, Former County Court at Law/Visiting Judge, Texas
Hon. Emily Shattil, Social Security Administration
Hon. Stephanie Sontag, San Diego Superior Court, CA
Hon. Julia Weatherly, Circuit Court of Prince George's County, Maryland
Hon. Debra Weintraub, Los Angeles Superior Court, Retired


RURAL COURTS

The Rural Courts committee ensures that judges who sit in rural areas are fully included and reflected in NAWJ activities, and that the needs and interests of rural judges are reflected in NAWJ initiatives.

Committee Chairs:

Hon. Stephanie Davis, Comanche County Court

MEMBERS:

Hon. Sarah Clark, County Court at Law, Houston County
Hon. Beverly Cutler, Alaska Court System, 3rd Judicial District
Hon. Elisabeth Reynoldson, Iowa District Court
Hon. Margaret White, 8th Judicial District, Kansas


SELF-REPRESENTED LITIGANTS

The Self-Represented Litigants committee seeks to raise awareness and promote judicial education about how justice system professionals can improve self-represented litigants' courtroom environment and experience. The goal is to ensure that self-represented litigants with civil legal issues can have effective and equal access to justice. 

COMMITTEE CHAIRS:

Hon. Wilma Guzman, Bronx Supreme Court

Hon. Mary Sommer, Connecticut Superior Court

MEMBERS:

Hon. Anne Barnes, Court of Appeals of Georgia
Hon. Alicia Blanco, Los Angeles Superior Court
Hon. Frances Bourliot, 14th Court of Appeals
Hon. Marguerite Downing, Superior Court of California
Hon. Dianna Gibson, Third District Court, State of Utah
Hon. Maya Guerra Gamble, 459th District Court, Texas
Parisa Ijadi-Maghsoodi, Esq., Disability Rights California
Hon. Victoria Kolakowski, Alameda County Superior Court
Hon. Kathleen McCarthy, 17th Judicial Circuit
Lauren Woon, Esq., San Diego Superior Court


WOMEN IN PRISON

The Women in Prison committee disseminates information, makes recommendations and develops new initiatives relating to NAWJ programs to improve the lives of women inmates and/or ex-offenders, and their relationship with their children.

Committee Chairs:

Hon. Cheryl Gonzales, New York Civil Court, Housing Part

Hon. Brenda Murray, Retired

Members:

Commisioner Alicia Blanco, Los Angeles Superior Court
Hon. Beverly Cutler, Alaska Court System, 3rd Judicial District
Hon. Charlotte Davidson, New York City Criminal Court
Hon. Karen Donohue, King County Superior Court
Hon. Marguerite Downing, Superior Court of California
Hon. Lenora Foote-Beavers, Buffalo City Court
Hon. Robin S. Garson, Supreme Court of the State of New York
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Hon. E. Jeannette Ogden, Supreme Court of New York
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Hon. Heidi M. Pasichow, Superior Court of the District of Columbia
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Hon. Robin Pittman, Orleans Parish Criminal District Court
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Hon. Laura Taylor Swain, U.S. District Court, Southern New York
Ms. Sherry Thompson-Taylor, San Diego County District Attorney Office
Hon. Rhonda Tomlinson, NY State Department of Correction
Ms. Jaya Vasandani, Women and Justice Project
Hon. Julia B. Weatherly, Circuit Court for Prince George's County, Maryland
Hon. Judith Wheat, Arlington Circuit Court
Hon. Betty Williams, King County Supreme Court, Retired
Hon. Renee Worke, Minnesota Court of Appeals, St. Paul

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