Message from the President

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Since our founding in 1979, NAWJ has been committed to diversity in our membership. Our organization includes federal and state trial judges, appellate judges, administrative law judges, tribal and military judges as well as attorneys, law clerks, law students and professors committed to our mission – 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.

It is my honor to serve as the 41st president of NAWJ. In recognition of the need for courts and other justice providers to change the way we do business in the midst of an ongoing pandemic and ensure that we continue to provide access to justice and protect vulnerable populations, I have chosen “Advancing Justice Like Never Before” as the theme for the next year. This theme also acknowledges that we have much more work to be done to make our justice system free of bias for everyone. NAWJ is the leading voice for women in the judiciary. It is incumbent upon us to help Americans believe in, and to fulfill, the judiciary’s promises of independence, fairness and equal justice.

I have made so many enduring connections and friendships through my NAWJ membership. I have learned from my sisters-in-law and grown professionally as a result. NAWJ remains as important, if not more so, than when it was founded.

If you are not a member, I hope you will join us. If you are a member, I hope you will strengthen your commitment to this wonderful organization. Please help us accomplish our mutual goals and meet the ideals that NAWJ stands for: the importance of judicial diversity, inclusiveness and equal access for all.


Hon. Karen Matson Donohue

Judge, King County Superior Court, Seattle, Washington
President, NAWJ

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