Written by National Association of Women Judges|April 27, 2017|News

Registration is now open for the National Association of Women Judges (NAWJ) Midyear Meeting Leadership Conference.

The Midyear meeting will convene NAWJ members for two days of educational sessions, strategic planning, networking gatherings, receptions, and the inaugural NAWJ Lady Justice Awards Gala.  The Beverly Hilton will serve as the host hotel

“This Meeting promises to be an outstanding educational and fun event that recognizes deserving champions of justice and education,” NAWJ President, Judge Diana Becton.

NAWJ’s 2017 Midyear Meeting and Leadership Conference which takes place June 7-8, 2017 will present opportunities to meet with like-minded individuals and discuss today’s cutting edge issues, including programs on elder abuse, entertainment and media, and diversity in entertainment.  For a detailed schedule of events and information about registration fees, visit

Registration includes: Wednesday lunch and reception; Thursday breakfast, educational sessions and luncheon, Gala reception and Lady Justice Awards Dinner. Individual tickets are available.

The Beverly Hilton, a Forbes Four-Star hotel, combines the excitement and entertainment of Hollywood with the prestige of Beverly Hills, and is the perfect setting for this inaugural event and red carpet gala.  Attendees may use the conference code to obtain the conference room reservation rate. Visit

During the Leadership Conference, NAWJ will recognize its inaugural Lady Justice Honorees. The honorees uphold the mission of NAWJ which is to promote the judicial role in protecting the rights of individuals under the rule of law through strong, committed, diverse judicial leadership; fairness and equality in the courts; and equal access to justice:

  • Justice Sandra Day O’Connor  - NAWJ Lady Justice Lifetime Achievement Award, 2017
  • Justice Joan Dempsey Klein  - NAWJ Lady Justice Founders Award, 2017
  • Justice Vaino Hassan Spencer  - NAWJ Lady Justice Founders Award, 2017
  • Judge Dorothy W. Nelson  - Lady Justice Public Service Award, 2017
  • Jackie Lacey - Lady Justice Community Leadership Award, 2017
  • Janet Langhart Cohen  - NAWJ Lady Justice Artistic Integrity Award, 2017
  • Nina Shaw  - NAWJ Lady Justice Career Achievement Award, 2017
  • Sharon Stone  - NAWJ Lady Justice Social Justice Award, 2017

The awards will be presented during the Lady Justice Awards Gala on June 8, 2017 in the Beverly Hilton Hotel. The Master of Ceremonies is Giselle Fernandez, Emmy award-winning journalist, producer and media marketing entrepreneur.  Additional honorees to be named later.


NAWJ History

Since its formation in 1979, NAWJ has served as a leading voice for jurists dedicated to promoting the judicial role in protecting the rights of individuals under the rule of law; engaging in civic education about the importance of a fair judiciary free from influence of special interest or political influence; providing a voice in significant matters that affect the administration of justice; ensuring equal justice and access to the courts for all, with a focus on women, minorities, and other historically disfavored groups and vulnerable populations; promoting the advancement of women at all levels of the judiciary; and providing judicial education on cutting-edge issues. NAWJ was founded over 38 years ago by two visionaries – Justice Joan Dempsey Klein and Justice Vaino Spencer – and 100 brave and intrepid women judges committed to forming an organization dedicated to these ideals.

NAWJ Membership

From the day it was founded, NAWJ has been committed to diversity in our membership. Our organization welcomes women and men, trial and appellate, administrative, tribal and military judges, on federal, state and tribal courts at every level of the judiciary, throughout the country, and international tribunals, as well as attorneys, law clerks, law students and professors committed to our mission.


For more information contact Marie Komisar at 202-393-0222 or  Visit NAWJ’s website at

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