Happy Veterans Day!
I feel honored and privileged to serve as NAWJ’s 39th President. I love NAWJ and its members. NAWJ is the leading voice for women jurists and I cherish its role in advancing the rights of women, children, and all other vulnerable populations, and promoting “equal access to justice for all!”
We all have a unique story that shapes who we are. I came to this country at a young age, fleeing political turmoil in Tehran, Iran, where I was born. I promised myself that I would always have the courage to stand up for justice and fight for human rights and for equal access to justice for all.
Despite the different backgrounds and experiences we each have, working together in NAWJ we have a unique opportunity, as judges, to promote the rule of law and make a difference in our communities, in our country, and around the world.
“Global Judicial Leadership” is the theme that I have selected for my term as President. As judges and members of NAWJ, let us recommit to lead by example. Through NAWJ’s excellent programs, seminars, and conferences, we educate judges about human rights, women’s rights, children’s rights, and advancing equal access to justice for all. NAWJ’s programs help us educate, not only in our courtrooms, but also in our communities, and around the world.
I look forward to working with our dynamic new officers and board members; we have already hit the ground running!
We have exciting plans for moving NAWJ forward. Together, with our members we can accomplish great things.
Join with me and make a commitment to bring an NAWJ program to your community, and invite a new member to join NAWJ. As Mother Theresa said, “You do not have to make a huge difference in life, just do little things with great love.”
I pledge that I will serve NAWJ and all of our members, and I will work hard to be an effective leader. I look forward to working with you all.
Thank you for this great honor to serve NAWJ and all of its members.
Hon. Tamila Ebrahimi Ipema
Judge of California Superior Court, San Diego County