The theme for my 2017-2018 term is “The Emerging Legal Landscape: Navigating a Path to the Future.” Our midyear meeting, which bears the same theme, will be held at the New York Marriott at Brooklyn Bridge, in downtown Brooklyn, Thursday, April 12, 2018 through Saturday, April, 14 2018. For those who may be unfamiliar with downtown Brooklyn, our midyear meeting is located in a bustling retail, restaurant and cultural environment that is in close proximity to major airports, mass transit and Manhattan. Among the educational panels during Friday’s session will address artificial intelligence, cyber-security and the Internet of Things, as well as bail reform. On Saturday, we will turn our attention to maintaining our mental well-being; developing the pipeline to the judiciary – effective outreach to millennials; and what is your brand – effective career strategies for new and experienced attorneys, as well as judges who leave the bench. This is one event not to be missed. Stay tuned for further details.
I have established a presidential advisory council, as well as three new committees: Technology, Law School Outreach and ADA Compliance Policy. We must stay abreast of the technological advances to ensure that our website, social media presence and messaging is relevant and appealing to our target demographic, in addition to those we are trying to educate, attract and encourage joining. Not enough people know that NAWJ membership extends beyond the judiciary and is also open to law students, lawyers, law school professors, as well as men in any of the aforementioned categories. We need to spread the word.
In order for us to play a role in the development of future attorneys, we must have a stronger connection with law schools and invite law school deans, students and professors to join and partner together on a number of initiatives. This is the roadmap for how we build our pipeline to the legal community, and eventually to the judiciary.
The challenges and opportunities we faced when we were founded in 1979 are different than those which exist today. We must adapt and adjust to the emerging legal, technological, economic, social and global landscape. However, our mission will always remain the same.
We have and will continue to lead the American judiciary on achieving fairness and equality for vulnerable populations. We have and will continue to promote the judicial role of protecting the rights of individuals through strong committed diverse judicial leadership; fairness and equality in the courts; and equal access to justice. We have and will continue to provide judicial education on cutting edge issues of importance. We have and will continue to develop judicial leaders and to increase the number of women in the judiciary
We live in perilous times and our judicial independence is under attack. However, we will not be deterred and will remain steadfast. Together, we will forge ahead to because WE are the leading voice for women in the judiciary and with this responsibility, WE MUST LEAD THE CHARGE!
Honorable Tanya R. Kennedy
President, National Association Women Judges