NAWJ Monthly Update August 2017

Written by National Association of Women Judges|August 04, 2017|Monthly Update Archive

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August 2017

In This Issue:

Access to Justice: Past, Present and Future
NAWJ 39th Annual Conference
October 11-15, 2017 • Sheraton Atlanta Hotel

The 39th NAWJ Conference in Atlanta, Georgia will feature vibrant and interactive programs. Our theme, Access to Justice: Past, Present, and Future, will allow attendees to explore historical lessons about justice from the Civil Rights movement; discuss present justice changes such as criminal justice reform, and envision justice initiatives for years to come.

$525 for members who are First-Time Attendees until August 15, 2017
$595 for NAWJ Members until August 15, 2017
$695 for Non-Member Attendees

Register online here, or download and mail this registration form.

The conference host hotel is the Sheraton Atlanta Hotel. Call (866) 716-8134 • NAWJ Rate: $199/night, plus applicable taxes, single or double occupancy.

For more information, contact: Anne Mercer,

New Judges and First-time Attendees Meeting • International Judges Meeting
Welcome Reception
Film Screening: Balancing the Scales, directed by Sharon Rowen, Esq.
U.S. Supreme Court Update by Emory Law School Dean Robert A. Schapiro
Labor Trafficking • Criminal Justice Reform
Conversation with President and First Lady Jimmy Carter
A View from Georgia's Federal Judges • International Tea and Ethics
Reception at the Elbert P. Tuttle U.S. Court of Appeals Building
ABA President Linda Klein on the Importance of Judicial Independence
Judicial Ethics and Implicit Bias • Hot Topics in Immigration
Law and the LBGTQ Community •Hot Topics in Elder Law
A Conversation with Sally Yates • Civil Rights Movement and Today's Judges
Elder Investment Fraud and Financial Exploitation
Bar Associations Reception
Professionalism for Judges and Attorneys • Law School Incubator Project
Attorney Ethics • Trauma Informed Courts
Life after the Bench by Judge Glenda Hatchett Optional Tours: Local Jail Facility, Civil Rights, Carter Presidential Library
Annual NAWJ Banquet
Lisa Foster, Former Director, Office of Access to Justice, USDOJ

Explore optional social activities such as a Dine Around, a civil rights tour, excursions to the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum, and a visit to a South Fulton Municipal jail. For more details and signup registration information, click here.

NAWJ Awards Committee Seeks Nominations
for Annual Hon. Joan Dempsey Klein Honoree of the Year Award
and Florence K. Murray Award

NAWJ Executive Committee and President to Consider Candidates for
Mattie Belle Davis Award and Justice Vaino Spencer Leadership Award

Deadline: August 4, 2017

The NAWJ Awards Committee requests nominations for the Honorable Joan Dempsey Klein Honoree of the Year Award and for the Florence K. Murray Award. To assist you in nominating candidates for these two awards, click here for application guidelines for the KLEIN Award, and here for the MURRAY Award.

A list of all past awardees may be found here.

In addition, the Executive Committee and the President will respectively select 2017 honorees for the Mattie Belle Davis Award and the Justice Vaino Spencer Leadership Award. Click here to review guidelines for the Mattie Belle Davis and Justice Vaino Spencer Awards, and share nominees whose achievements fit those NAWJ seeks to recognize.

Descriptions of all awards may be found here.
Committee Chair: Hon. Amy Nechtem,
Members: Hon. Diana Becton Hon. Diana Eagon Hon. Dana Fabe
Hon. Brenda Loftin Hon. Barbara Madsen Hon. Vanessa Ruiz
Hon. Anita Santos  Hon. Barbara Ann Zúñiga

Please submit completed nominations by August 4, 2017. Email to and

National Association of Women Judges
1001 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Suite 1138
Washington, D.C. 20036

NAWJ Members to Meet
California Women’s’ Legislative Caucus
August 22, 2017
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
State Capital, 10th & L Streets, Sacramento, CA

Please clear your calendars and join us as we convene in Sacramento with California Chief Justice Hon. Tani-Cantil Sakauye, and our California state legislators for a panel presentation, followed by an informal discussion of immigration issues as they relate to and affect the judiciary, our courts, law enforcement, and the public. More details to follow.

Contact Coordinator: Judge Diana Becton, NAWJ President, Contra Costa County Superior Court at

NAWJ Philadelphia Presents 4th Success In & Out Reentry Conference
at the Riverside Corrections Facility for Women

On June 23, 2017, Philadelphia Judges presented their 4th Success In & Out Conference at the Riverside Corrections Facility for Women. Five judges as well as 20 agency representatives provided an afternoon of information and helpful hints to the inmates. As it happens, the Philadelphia County Commissioner of Prisons and the Warden at Riverside are both women, as is the President Judge of Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas (Commissioner Blanche Carney, Warden Michele Farrell and Hon. Sheila Woods-Skipper).

The opening plenary session entitled "Thirty Days Out," moderated by Hon. Karen Simmons, included speakers from Community Legal Services, the Probation/Parole Department, the Public Health Management Corporation, Benefits Data Trust and the Defender Association which provided kernels of vital information the women would need immediately upon release to avoid overwhelming challenges and problems.

The audience then separated into five different workshops on Education, Domestic Violence, Job Readiness, Custody and Etiquette. Folders with vital and useful information were provided to the inmates as well as a bonus to use upon release. Representatives from Career Wardrobe, an agency that provides programs as well as professional-type clothing to women in several counties in the Philadelphia area, gave some helpful hints on what to wear and each participant received a certificate for an outfit to redeem at the store managed by the agency.

Additional participants included Judges Karen Y. Simmons, Diane Thompson and Doris A. Pechkurow, conference chairperson. Participating agencies included the School District of Philadelphia, the Mayor’s Office, Pennsylvania Prison Society, Lutheran Settlement Services, Women Against Abuse and the Safe Haven Re-Entry Program.

NAWJ Meeting with the Congressional Women’s Caucus
on Capitol Hill
to Discuss Health Care, Opioids, Elder Issues
September 7, 2017

This year’s meeting is planned for September 7, 2017. The meeting is open to all members. Programming details are moving to completion, but will revolve around the currents issues of health care, elder care, foster care, opioids, and women in prison. NAWJ will share speaker details as soon as they are finalized. If you have any questions please contact President Becton at RSVP to

The National Judicial College
Questionable Authorities:
What Every Judge and Lawyer Needs to Know about Expert Witnesses
October 19, 2017
Law Offices of Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe, New York City

Please join prominent judges and attorneys for The National Judicial College experience. The National Judicial College, the nation’s oldest and largest judicial education institution, invites you to participate in an interactive and practical program followed by a cocktail reception. The program will take place on Oct. 19, 2017 from 4:30-6 p.m. followed by a reception from 6-7:30 p.m.

Questionable Authorities:
What Every Judge and Lawyer Needs to Know about Expert Witnesses

Faculty members will include
Hon. Andre Davis (Ret.) of the U.S. Court of Appeals Fourth Circuit (Baltimore)

Location: Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP, 51 West 52nd St., New York City.
Registration: There is no charge for this program, but advance registration is required. RSVP by Sept. 30 to Jena Cohen, CLE credit is pending.

Sponsors include: NAWJ, Orrick, Federal Administrative Law Judges Conference, National Association of Administrative Law Judge Judiciary, Asian American Bar Association of New York, Metropolitan Black Bar Association, New York City Bar, New York County Lawyers Association, New York State Bar Association, New York State Administrative Law Judge Association, Tort Trial Insurance.

Number of Female Chief Judges for District Courts
in Minnesota Reaches Historic Levels

For the first time in Minnesota history, half the state’s 10 judicial districts are headed by women judges, the latest example of the state beating the national average in gender representation on the bench.

"[Judge Harriet] Lansing used to joke that back in the day the members of the National Association of Women Judges could almost meet in a telephone booth. [Rosalie] Wahl serving as such an excellent Supreme Court justice paved the way for other women, she said."

Read more here in this wonderful Minneapolis Star Tribune story by David Chanen.

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Calendar of Events
Pierce County, Washington Presents Color of Justice, August 17, 2017 in Tacoma. This is a one-day event to encourage minority girls between the ages of 11-18 to consider legal and judicial careers by bringing them together with woman judges.

NAWJ will host the California Women’s’ Legislative Caucus in the State Capitol in Sacramento on August 22, 2017. Members will convene with California Chief Justice, Hon. Tani-Cantil Sakauye and state legislators to for a panel presentation, followed by an informal discussion, of immigration issues as they relate to and affect the judiciary, our courts, law enforcement, and the public. Contact: Hon. Diana Becton at

NAWJ meets on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. on September 7, 2017, to discuss issues in elder law and drug safety with members of the Congressional Women's Caucus.

NAWJ Idaho and the Idaho Legal History Society will host a reception on September 14, 2017. The program will include a panel discussion as part of the inaugural History in the Making event for the Idaho Legal History Society. The theme of the program is Women of the Idaho Supreme Court. Until this year, Idaho lacked a woman on its Supreme Court for nine years. Though Idahoans now have the privilege of Justice Robyn Brody's service, she has become only the third woman to have ever served on the Court in over 100 years. All three, Linda Trout, Cathy Silak, and Robyn Brody will share their stories.

NAWJ 39th Annual Conference will take place in Atlanta, Georgia from October 11-15, 2017 at the Sheraton Atlanta Hotel.

NAWJ and the National Judicial College will present Questionable Authorities: What Every Judge and Lawyer Needs to Know about Expert Witnesses, followed by a reception, on Thursday, October 19, 2017 in New York City.

NAWJ 40th Annual Conference will take place in San Antonio, Texas from October 3-7, 2018 at the Hyatt Regency Riverwalk. Contact Anne Mercer.

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