NAWJ Monthly Update January 2013

Written by National Association of Women Judges|January 01, 2013|Monthly Update Archive

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January 2013
In This Issue:
Happy New Year and Very Best Wishes for 2013!
With the District Directors bubbling with plans under the leadership of Vice President of Districts, Hon. Ariane Vuono, and committee assignments nearly completed, many already humming with activity under the leadership of Committee Chairs Coordinator Hon. Sandra Robinson, we can all look forward to an exciting action packed year. Thanks to all of you who signed up to be on committees, and who agreed to serve as committee chairs and District Directors. You are the heart and soul of NAWJ.

A position statement concerning the Violence Against Women Act and Tribal Court jurisdiction was adopted by NAWJ in December. The position statement [see below for the text] was distributed to the White House Office on Violence Against Women and to the United States House and Senate leadership in time for consideration by the outgoing Congress. Thanks go to NAWJ member Hon. Katherine Hansen for bringing the matter to our attention, and to the Domestic Violence Committee, Tribal Judges Outreach Sub-Committee, and the Ethics Committee for their expeditious consideration of the statement and referral to the Board.

Many Thanks for the many generous contributions to the Annual NAWJ Year End Campaign. If you haven't already, it is not too late to send a contribution. NAWJ depends heavily on contributions, as dues revenues cover only a small fraction of the expenses.

As 2012 ends, we acknowledge and give thanks to our very devoted staff.

NAWJ Position Statement on the U.S. Congress
Violence Against Women Act Reauthorization

NAWJ is the nation's leading voice for women jurists dedicated to preserving judicial independence and ensuring equal justice and access to the courts for women, minorities, and other historically disfavored groups. In accordance with this mission, NAWJ supports reauthorization of VAWA in a form that protects all victims of domestic violence and dating violence, including tribal victims living on reservations. Specifically, to improve the administration of justice, NAWJ supports the approach of the Senate version of the VAWA bill, which contains Section 904, a provision that would restore tribal jurisdiction over non-Indians for certain crimes of domestic violence and dating violence committed in Indian Country. It is important that VAWA protect all victims of domestic violence, including those tribal members who are victims of domestic violence committed in Indian Country.

Adopted by the Board at its Executive Committee Meeting
December 17, 2012
Joan V. Churchill
Honorable Joan V. Churchill
President, NAWJ

State Justice Institute Continues a Partnership
with NAWJ on Immigration and Human Trafficking

NAWJ developed materials and presented trainings for hundreds of judges across the nation on immigration and human trafficking issues through a State Justice Institute (SJI) grant. Additional national and regional human trafficking training programs will be provided in the 2013 year. Click here to continue reading a summary of NAWJ 2012 presentations in SJI News.

2013 Midyear Leadership Conference
& Annual Meeting with Congress

May 2-4, 2013
The Washington Court Hotel
Capitol Hill, Washington, D.C.

Click here to register online. Or, download this registration form.
Conference registration fees are $375 for NAWJ members, $475 for non-members, and $325 for guests who are spouses and children of conference attendees.

Room Reservations: (800) 321-3010 or (202) 628-2100
NAWJ Rate: $179/night, plus applicable taxes, single or double occupancy.


Hon. Joan V. Churchill, Chair
Hon. Claudia Barber
Hon. Anna Blackburne-Rigsby
Hon. Gladys Kessler
Hon. Noel Kramer
Hon. Vanessa Ruiz

Nicole Erb, Esq., White and Case, LLP
Elaine Metlin, Esq., Dickstein Shapiro LLP

David Dorsen, Esq., Sedgwick LLP
Tia Fenton, Esq., Oblon, Spivak, McClelland, Maier & Neustadt, L.L.P.
Lisa Horowitz, Esq., McDermott Will & Emery LLP
Hon. Lauren Best Leeker, Fulbright & Jaworski L.L.P.
Julie Silverbrook, The Constitutional Sources Project
Amy Wigmore, Esq., Wilmer Hale



Joint program with the Shakespeare Theatre Bard Association on Henry V
and Rights of Women to Confer Benefits on Men.

Meeting with Members of Congress

Reception hosted by the law firm Fulbright & Jaworski L.L.P.


NAWJ Board of Directors Meeting
Private, behind the scenes tour of the United States Supreme Court,
a forum examining judicial independence issues faced by special courts as compared with general courts,
followed by a reception hosted by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.


All day training on Human Trafficking

October 9-13, 2013
The Ritz-Carlton
New Orleans, Louisiana

Register online here, or download and fax this registration form.
Conference registration fees:
$595 for NAWJ members ($550 before May 6)
$525 for members who are first-time attendees
$625 for non-members

Room Reservations: (504) 524-1331 or (800)-542-8680
NAWJ Rate: $245/night, plus applicable taxes, single or double occupancy

Judge Mary Hotard Becnel • Chief Justice Bernette Joshua Johnson

Education Co-Chairs
Judicial: Judge Phyllis Keaty, Third Circuit Court of Appeal, Louisiana
Judge Laurie White, Orleans Parish Criminal District Court
Academic: Professor Kathryn Venturatos Lorio, Loyola University New Orleans College of Law
Professor Sally J. Kenney, Executive Director, Newcomb College Institute

Social Events Co-Chairs
Judge Rosemary Ledet, Fourth Circuit Court of Appeal, Louisiana
Judge Laurie White, Orleans Parish Criminal District Court, Louisiana

Finance Chair
Judge Joy Cossich Lobrano, Fourth Circuit Court of Appeal, Louisiana

Volunteers Co-Chairs
Judge Ethel Simms Julien, Orleans Parish Civil District Court, Louisiana
Judge Bernadette G. D'Souza, Orleans Parish Civil District Court (Family) Louisiana

Registration Co-Chairs
Judge June Berry Darensburg, 24th Judicial District Court, Louisiana
Judge Tiffany Chase, Orleans Parish Civil District Court, Louisiana

Kim M. Boyle, Esq., Partner, Phelps Dunbar LLP
Matthew Moreland, Esq., Associate, Becnel Law Firm LLC
Kara Hadican Samuels, Esq., Partner, Sangisetty


The impact of immigration issues pervading all aspects of state and federal courts.

Innovations in sentencing that reduce recidivism and costs, such as alternative sentencing, re-entry programs, diversionary programs, and featuring the NAWJ Women in Prison Project.

How science, technology and nontraditional unions raise new legal issues in the areas of reproduction and custody.

An examination of the role of gender in the judicial selection process, state judicial races, and the treatment of women judges; judicial history of women judges.

The recognition and impact of this international issue in our federal and state courts.

Discussion of conflicts between the roles of the judge and the public servant; judicial outreach initiatives, and public service opportunities post-retirement.

Examination of progress made regarding sexual assault cases and a discussion of the need for Veterans specialty courts.

Vice President of Publications Judge Tanya R. Kennedy
Calls for Submissions for the Next Issue of Counterbalance
Deadline: May 1, 2013

NAWJ's Winter 2012 issue of Counterbalance is available now and will be mailed during January. For those waiting to receive news from the NAWJ Districts, you can download the issue here. Recognition goes to 2012 Vice-President of Publications Judge Anna Blackburne-Rigsby for including in the Counterbalance, for the first time, "The New Judges Corner." A big thank you to Judges Antoinette "Toni" Leoney and Jamoa Moberly, NAWJ's energetic members of the New Judge Committee. "The New Judges Corner" will provide an important forum for welcoming new judges to NAWJ.

Counterbalance informs and connects our members around the country by featuring news and information which highlights NAWJ's educational programs and activities. Consider sharing news from your jurisdiction with fellow colleagues in the newsletter. If you know of women judges in your state who have been recently elected, appointed, promoted or honored, let us know. If you have articles, announcements, book reviews, or events that you would like included in Counterbalance, please pass them along as well. NAWJ will also publish essays and articles of interest which are in accord with our mission.

The deadline for submitting information for the next issue of Counterbalance is MAY 1, 2013. Look for the spring issue in June 2013 after May's Midyear in Washington, D.C. Those interested in submitting material should do so by emailing all text and picture files to Lavinia Cousin at


NAWJ President Joan V. Churchill has completed NAWJ Committee assignments for 2013. Click here to review chairs and members by committee. It is not too late to your indicate interest in being appointed to a committee. Email Lavinia at to indicate your interest, or relay any updates or changes.

IAWJ Regional Conference: Latin America and Caribbean Region will take place March 14-15, 2013 in Iguazu, Misiones, Argentina. All NAWJ members are members of IAWJ and are invited to attend IAWJ conferences. Contact IAWJ at 202-223-4455 for more conference details.

NAWJ District 4 District of Columbia Chapter will present "iPad and iPad Apps for Judges" on March 5, 2013 at the District of Columbia Superior Court. Event is free and open to all NAWJ members. Email Lavinia Cousin at to RSVP or for more information.

NAWJ District 4 District of Columbia Chapter will present "So You Think You Want to Write a Book" on March 28, 2013 at the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. Event is free and open to all NAWJ members. Call Lavinia Cousin at 202-393-0222 for more information.

NAWJ Midyear Meeting and Leadership Conference will take place May 2-4, 2013 in Washington, D.C. The host hotel is the Washington Court Hotel.

IAWJ Regional Conference: Asia/Pacific Region will place May 9-12, 2013 in Auckland, New Zealand.

NAWJ 35th Annual Conference will take place October 9-13, 2013 at The Ritz Carlton in New Orleans, Louisiana.

The International Association of Women Judges Bi-Annual Conference will take place May 6-9, 2014 in Tanzania. Click here for more conference details.

NAWJ 36th Annual Conference will take place October 15-19, 2014 at Westin Gaslamp Quarter in San Diego, California.

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