NAWJ Monthly Update August 2019

Written by National Association of Women Judges|August 15, 2019|Monthly Update Archive

NAWJ August 2019 Monthly Update 
  • NAWJ Past President Hon. Joan V. Churchill to be Honored by District 4 with Edna G. Parker Award at its Wellness Retreat in Lansdowne, VA 
  • NAWJ Board of Directors 2019-2020 Nominations Slate
  • NAWJ Explores Opioids and its Impact on Women and Children at Annual Meeting with the Congressional Women's Caucus
  • Brennan Center Releases Report on State Supreme Court Diversity
  • Justice Carmen Velasquez Honored by the Peruvian American National Council with its International Gold Excellence Award
  • San Diego Law Library Recognizes NAWJ Members Heather L. Rosing, Esq. and Renee Stackhouse, Esq.
  • IAWJ Announces Registration for its 2020 International Biennial Conference
  • Register Today for "City of Dreams, City of Angels," NAWJ's 2019 Annual Conference, Earlybird Rates until August 23
NAWJ District Four is proud to announce NAWJ Past President (2012-2013), The Honorable Joan V. Churchill, as its 2019 Edna G. Parker Award recipient. Every other year, District Four honors a district member who has made outstanding achievements and accomplishments that reflect the ideals embodied in the spirit and legacy of Edna G. Parker, including demonstrated leadership; devoted service; and commitment to improving or demonstrating significant leadership in furthering the cause of justice in District Four, District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia.
The Edna G. Parker Awards Luncheon will take part of the district’s Wellness Retreat, taking place September 27-28, 2019 at the Lansdowne Resort and Spa in Leesburg, Virginia.
Friday, September 27, 2019 at 7:00 PM
Cocktail Reception
Saturday, September 28, 2019
10:00 AM - Presentation by Dr. Dacia Hastings ,
The Benefits of Wellness: Increasing Productivity while Managing High Stress Legal Careers
12:00 PM - Edna G. Parker Award Luncheon
Optional afternoon group activities are planned for Saturday afternoon.
The registration fee is only $150.  Rooms are available at Lansdowne for $259/night (resort fee included). Visit the District Conference Retreat webpage here for more details and to register , and reserve accommodations at Lansdowne.
Judge Joan V. Churchill (Retired) served as President of NAWJ for its 2012-2013 year. She also held NAWJ board positions President-Elect, Vice-President of Districts, Secretary, Projects Director, and District Four Director. She is currently chair of NAWJ's Senior and Retired Judges Committee. Judge Churchill served as an Immigration Judge for the United States Immigration Court for Washington, D.C./Arlington, VA for more than 24 years. She retired in 2005. During her tenure, she served five terms as a Temporary Member of the Board of Immigration Appeals. The Immigration Court and Board of Immigration Appeals are administrative tribunals within the United States Department of Justice. She has presided throughout the United States, including the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. Prior to joining the bench, Judge Churchill’s career included private practice, government service, and academia. She graduated from the University of Michigan Law School, after completing her undergraduate work at the University of Michigan, during which she spent her junior year in France. 
Edna Parker was a dedicated jurist, devoted mother, and a fearless champion for justice. She served on the U.S. Tax Court. This annual award honors her memory and inestimable value to the Washington area community and the National Association of Women Judges.
In accordance with the NAWJ Bylaws, the Nominating Committee presents the following Nomination Slate for the 2019-2020 Board of Directors:
Pr esident
Hon. Bernadette D’Souza
Orleans Civil District Court, New Orleans, Louisiana
(automatically assumes office)
Hon. Karen M. Donohue
King County Superior Court, Washington
Vice President of Districts
Hon. Elizabeth A. White
Superior Court of California, County of Los Angeles
Vice President for Publications
Hon. Heidi M. Pasichow
Superior Court of the District of Columbia
Hon. Orlinda L. Naranjo
419th District Court (Retired), Austin, Texas
Hon. Elizabeth K. Lee
Superior Court of California, County of San Mateo
International Director
Hon. Lisa S. Walsh
11th Judicial Circuit Court of Florida, Miami
ABA Delegate
Hon. Vivian L. Medinilla
 Superior Court of Delaware, Wilmington
The election of officers shall be held during the Annual Business Meeting which will take place Friday, October 18, 2019 at NAWJ's 41st Annual Conference in Los Angeles, California, October 15-19, 2019.
NAWJ met with members of the Congressional Caucus for Women’s Issues on Tuesday, July 16, 2019 in the Rayburn House Office Building on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. Meeting attendees of judges and attorneys discussed the national opioid crisis, their effects on women and families, and challenges faced by state judges. The opioid crisis continues to ravage communities and courts across the country, and is of concern within our membership. The timeliness of this event was emphasized in a recent  New York Times story “ States Are Making Progress on Opioids. Now the Money That’s Helping Them May Dry Up .”
Congressional Women’s Caucus members giving remarks included Co-Chair Congresswoman Brenda Lawrence (MI); Founder and Co-Chair of the Congressional Bipartisan Opioid Task Force, Congresswoman Ann McLane Kuster (NH); and Congresswoman Susan Brooks (IN), Co-Chair of the previous Congress’ Women’s Caucus, and an informative speaker on Congressional achievements toward ending sexual harassment at last year’s meeting. The esteemed panel included moderator Nancy M. Ware, Former Director of the Court Services Offender Supervision Agency for the District of Columbia; Professor Hendrée Jones, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of North Carolina; Professor Debra A. Pinals, MD, Medical Director of Behavioral Health and Forensic Programs for the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services; and Gary Tennis, President of National Alliance for Model State Drug Laws.
A video of the meeting is found  here .
The moving presentations and discussions were the inspiration and efforts of the planning committee of Judge Anita Josey-Herring (Superior Court of the District of Columbia); Senior Judge Marcella Holland (Baltimore City Circuit Court, Maryland); Judge Tamila E. Ipema (Superior Court of California, County of San Diego); Judge Michelle M. Rick (29th Circuit Court, Michigan); Judge Paula Rosenstein (Superior Court of California, County of San Diego.
Thank you to the State Justice Institute for your continued support of our programs.
Last month, Alicia Bannon and  Laila Robbins , released a new Brennan Center for Justice report, State Supreme Court Diversity , whose findings include that state supreme courts still “do not reflect the racial, gender, or ethnic diversity of the communities they are supposed to serve,” according to Alicia Bannon. They also found that “judicial elections have rarely been a path to the supreme court bench for people of color” and they document vast racial disparities in these elections.
The authors discuss these matters in their op-ed in the New York Times.
On July 19, 2019, Justice Carmen Velasquez received the 2019 International Gold Excellence Award from the Peruvian American National Council (PANC) in Washington, D.C. She was recognized for her work as a Justice in the New York Supreme Court mentoring young students, and her leadership in the Latino Community in the United States. Justice Velasquez is known for her exceptionally diverse mentoring and internship program.
The San Diego Law Library Foundation will recognize NAWJ members at its 2019 Witkin Award ceremony on October 17, 2019 at Tom Ham's Lighthouse in San Diego, CA.
Attorney Heather L. Rosing will received the Law Library’s Excellence in Public Service Award.  Attorney Renee Stackhouse will be honored for her “Excellence as a Community Changemaker.”
To purchase tickets visit the Foundation website at .. For additional information, contact Maria Pum at
IAWJ reveals their full package of materials for its 15th International Biennial Conference: "Celebrating Diversity" that will take place in Auckland, New Zealand, May 7-10, 2020. 
Registration fees:
  • Early bird: $850 (valid until January 31, 2020).
  • Regular: $1,150.
  • Accompanying person: $400. The accompanying persons fee includes the opening cocktail reception and the gala dinner.
The full registration fee provides access to the conference business sessions, the opening cocktail reception and the gala dinner.
Please allow a minimum of  three months  for the processing of visa applications.
Registration Form:  English  |  Español  |  Français
Membership Requirement: all conference delegates are required to be members of the IAWJ. All NAWJ members are member of IAWJ. 
  • To register for the conference, you must be a member in good standing. If you are unsure of your membership status or want to pay your dues, click hereIf you are a member of an IAWJ affiliated association, please pay your dues through them.  
If you have any questions about the registration process, please email the IAWJ team at .
Information on IAWJ’s Call for Speakers here:  English  |  Español  |  Français
Information on IAWJ’s Application for Funding here: English  |  Español  |  Français
For more information about the conference, visit the  conference website .
NAWJ Annual Conference Chair Hon. Elizabeth Allen White (left) and Angels Committee Chair Attorney Donna Melby (right)
  • International Judges Tour of Court
  • First-time Attendees/New Member Mentor/Mentee Meeting
  • International Judges Reception
  • Welcome Reception
  • Science for Judges: Unique Concerns in DNA Testing
  • The Border Crisis and Beyond: Hot Topics in U.S. Immigration Policy
  • In Conversation with the Chief Justice
  • Transcending Traditional Roles: Tackling Homelessness in the Courtroom and Beyond
  • Protecting our Elders: Problems and Solutions for Elder Abuse
  • Judicial Security: from the Personal to the Virtual
  • Reception of the International Association of Lesbian and Gay Judges
  • Reception at the Disney Hall: Looking Back, Looking Forward: A Century of Women's Progress
  • Film Screening: Skid Row Marathon, A Documentary
  • The Book of Ruth, The Song of Sandra: Staging Law Stories
  • Restorative Justice and Successful Reentry: Unconventional Strategies from the Bench
  • Challenging Times for Judicial Independence - Administrative to Appellate
  • Culture Change:  Perspectives on the Future of Work In the World of “MeToo"
  • Linda Greenhouse
  • Repairing Justice: Innocence Projects, Conviction Integrity Units and Exonerating the Wrongfully Convicted
  • International Tea and Ethics
  • Piper Kerman
  • Asian Pacific Islander Women Judges Reception sponsored by the Asian Pacific American Women Lawyers Alliance of Southern California
  • Dine Around
  • Courts in the Crosshairs in 2019: Political Environment, Potential Threats, and Practical Approaches to Preserving our Impartial Judiciary
  • Human Trafficking: A Discussion of Interventions that Work in the United States and Internationally
  • HORIZON LINE - A Play about Hate Crimes by The Western Justice Center
  • Sexual Assaults in the Military and Their Civilian Aftermath
  • Women Judges and Leadership: Overcoming Challenges and Breaking New Ground
  • Judicial Tools for Creating a Bias-Free Courtroom for Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming People
  • Erwin Chemerinsky
  • NAWJ Annual Awards Banquet
  • Farewell Breakfast
Registration fees include keynotes, education sessions, receptions, meals, transportation to events listed in the program and use of the hospitality suite.
EARLY-BIRD (until August 23, 2019)
NAWJ Member $620
NAWJ Non-member $700
REGULAR (August 24-September 16, 2019)
NAWJ Member $695
NAWJ Non-member $750
LATE (After September 16, 2019)
NAWJ Member $745
NAWJ Non-member $800
Cancellation policy: Registrants may cancel until September 15, 2019. All cancellations are subject to a $50 processing fee. Requests for cancellation on or after September 16, 2019 will not receive a refund. All third-party payments are subject to the same policy.
Click here to register online.
Rooms have been guaranteed at the rate of $249 per night, plus state and local taxes and fees, single or double occupancy.
Conference attendees may also call 1.800.THE.OMNI (843-6664) and reference the National Association of Women Judges room block.
The rate is available through Monday, September 23, 2019, or until all rooms are booked within the block, whichever comes first.

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