NAWJ Monthly Update July 2016

Written by National Association of Women Judges|July 11, 2016|Monthly Update Archive

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July 2016

In This Issue:

National Association of Women Judges
The Honorable Lisa Walsh
NAWJ President

President's Message July 2016

Greetings from NAWJ. First and foremost, if you have not done so yet, please click and view our new website. This project has been the result of three years of hard work, beginning with Hon. Sheri Roman, Hon. Karen Donohue and Cathy Winter of CourtCall, who developed the website proposal, engaged in a search and obtained our vendor, Efelle. Our team in the last year, led by Website Project Manager Hon. Karen Donohue, including Efelle, Jenn Fedin, Paola Tejada-Lalinde, and Marie Komisar drafted, tweaked, and moved mountains to make this happen. We all should offer our congratulations and heartfelt thanks to our team who made this very difficult and time-intensive project come to fruition with a beautiful product of which we should all be proud.

We are also so delighted that the Informed Voters Fair Judges Project (IVP) has completed development of its beautiful new website as well. Please explore the IVP site for newly-developed user-friendly materials for use as we educate our voters about a fair and free judiciary. You may click directly on the IVP website here or find it linked to the NAWJ website under learn more about the IVP.

On July 22, 2016, NAWJ hosted its 11th Annual meeting with the members of the Congressional Caucus on Women's Issues. This year, we focused upon the topics of sexual assault in the military and on college campuses. Our exceptional panel was representative of the three branches of government, academia and advocacy for survivors of sexual assault. I was very proud that my Florida Congresswoman, Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, welcomed our guests.

Senator Claire McCaskill (MO) and Mr. Robert Taylor, Principal Deputy General Counsel for the Department of Defense, discussed legislation drafted by Senator McCaskill, passed in 2014, which dramatically changed the way in which the military investigates and adjudicates allegations of sexual assault and harassment. For example, prior to the legislation, a soldier could defend an allegation of sexual assault on the ground that he was otherwise a good soldier. This "good soldier" defense was all but eliminated in 2014. Among other changes, the Act now requires appointment of a Special Victim's Counsel to advise victims on whether an accusation should be made by court martial or civilian court, and requires that great weight be given to the expressed preference of the victim.

The efficacy of the changes was studied in a comprehensive report published in 2015. This report indicates that incidents of reporting have increased, and noted an increase in reports which were converted from restricted to unrestricted (restricted reports are not disclosed to commanders or law enforcement while unrestricted reports result in an official investigation of a crime). However, the military still struggles with a high incidence of retaliation within military units against those who report assault. The difficulty the military faces is maintaining critical unit cohesion while supporting its defenders who suffer abuse at the hands of members of their units. Retaliation undermines that cohesion, and Mr. Taylor emphasized that the military will continue working hard to bring to justice those who retaliate against victims of assault. While NAWJ member and co-chair of our Military Courts committee Col. Linda Murnane (ret.) could not attend, she provided much of the educational material and inspiration for assembling this portion of our exceptional panel.

Our panelists also included Laura Dunn , a survivor of assault, attorney, adjunct professor of law, and founder of SurvJustice, an organization that provides representation to those proceeding in campus hearings on allegations of sexual assault; Professor of Law Suzanne B. Goldberg (far right), Executive Vice President for University Life at Columbia University; and retired Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas and NAWJ Past-President, Judge Carolyn Engel Temin, who has presided over hearings on allegations of sexual harassment and assault on college campuses.

In 2011, the Office of Civil Rights issued what has been referred to as its "Dear Colleague" letter, sent to all colleges and universities to address application of Title IX requirements to complaints of sexual harassment and assault. Universities differed in their application of these standards, depending upon size and budget, with the resulting processes ranging widely. We addressed whether the processes now in place adequately provide both parties a correct understanding of the process, an adequate opportunity to be heard, a reliable investigation, and appropriate results.

Professor Goldberg described Columbia University's process, which includes the right to counsel for both parties, an investigation by a neutral investigator and the right to formal process with a hearing. Ms. Dunn countered that a model that incorporates traditional quasi-judicial due process is not appropriate, as the goals of a campus hearing differ from the goals of an accusatory system. Panelists suggested that universities may want to opt into a system where complaints are referred to a resource center staffed with personnel trained and accustomed to investigating and adjudicating complaints. All panelists recognized the challenges in developing processes among campuses that vary in size, budget and resources. Professor Goldberg agreed that at the very least, evidence-based study should be made of systems in place to determine their efficacy. Our judges may wish to reach out to provide guidance and support to our academic communities on such issues as fact-finding and adjudicatory processes. In all, the meeting was substantive, robust, and inspired a future conversation on an issue which is extremely important, affects our youth, and is squarely in the public eye. We look forward to a continued conversation at our Annual Conference in Seattle, on Friday, October 7, featuring a panel led by Professor Judith Resnik.

Please register for the 38th Annual NAWJ Conference to be held in Seattle October 5-9, 2016. To register online on our new website, click here. Have a wonderful July.
Sincerely yours,

Lisa Walsh
President, NAWJ
11th Judicial Circuit, Miami-Dade, Florida

May 26-30 - IAWJ 13th Biennial Conference Washington, DC

June 14, 2014 - White House Summit on the United State of Women, Washington, DC

June 22, 2016 - Congressional Caucus for Women's Issues Washington, DC

August 4-8, 2016 - ABA Annual Conference San Francisco

Faces of Justice
NAWJ 38th Annual Conference
October 5-9, 2016
The Sheraton Seattle Hotel • 1400 6th Ave. • Seattle, WA

Justice Susan Owens, Washington Supreme Court
Justice Mary E. Fairhurst, Washington Supreme Court
Chief Justice Barbara Madsen, Washington Supreme Court
Justice Sheryl G. McCloud, Washington Supreme Court
Justice Debra Stephens, Washington Supreme Court

Judge Karen Donohue, Seattle Municipal Court
Judge Maggie Ross, Pierce County District Court

Ellen Conedera Dial, Esq., Perkins Coie
Nancy Isserlis, Esq.

Perkins Coie Foundation
LexisNexis • Microsoft • Jane Powell PC • Starbucks
Nintendo Inc • Pacific Law Group Seattle • Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt • Thomson Reuters
Keller Rohrback L.L.P. • Kozyak Tropin Throckmorton • Patterson Buchanan Fobes & Leitch • Pacific Northwest Regional Council of Carpenters • Stokes Lawrence
Aoki Law • King County Bar Association • Talmadge/Fitzpatrick/Tribe • Washington State Bar Foundation

Welcome Reception
Challenges of Aging: Proactive or Reactive Response
Justice for Vets
Transgender People and the Courts: Ensuring Respect and Fairness
Ethical Issues for Judges in Dealing with Human Trafficking
Keynote Speaker Stephanie Coontz
Water Knows No Borders: New Challenges in Balancing State, Federal and Tribal Water Law Interests
Community Supervision of Female Offenders
Gender and Race in Law and Movies
Breakfast with the Deans of Selected Law Schools in Washington State
Sexual Assault on College Campuses
Many Faces of Trafficking - Labor Trafficking: Underground Economy Workshop
Ensuring Access to Justice for Limited English Proficient and Near, Hard of Hearing
Tribal State Court Consortiums
Keynote Speaker Karen K. Narasaki
Implicit Bias and Cultural Awareness
Reception at the Experience Music Project Museum
Incarcerated Voices: The IF Project
Gala Banquet Awards Ceremony

$525 for Members who are First-Time Attendees
$595 for NAWJ Members
$695 for Non-Member Attendees
$575 for Spouse and Children of Attendees

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

The conference host hotel is the Sheraton Seattle Hotel. Call (888) 627-7057 • NAWJ Rate: $229/night, plus applicable taxes, single or double occupancy.

For More Information Contact:
Conference Manager: Mary Kathleen Todd at

Call for Nominations for
2016-2017 NAWJ Board of Directors Positions
Deadline: Friday, July 8, 2016

The Nominating Committee of the National Association of Women Judges seeks nominees for the following positions for the 2016 - 2017 term:

Vice President for Districts
Vice President for Publications


The duties of the above positions are set out in the NAWJ Bylaws at:
Article. X (Duties of Officers) and
Article. VIII (Representatives to Other Organizations.)

Article. IX provides:
§1: "Only voting members of the organization in good standing shall be eligible to hold office."
§2(b) "The Nominating Committee shall present at least one (l) nominee for each officer's position. A nomination for each officer's position also may be submitted in writing to the Nominating Committee by petition of no less than nine (9) voting members of the organization at least sixty (60) days prior to the Annual Meeting. The list of nominees for each position designated by the Nominating Committee and by petition shall be circulated to the voting membership at least thirty (30) days prior to the Annual Meeting. Nominations for all officer positions may also be made by voting members from the floor at the Annual Meeting provided such nominees' names have previously been submitted to the Nominating Committee and the Nominating Committee has failed to endorse their candidacy."

Article. XI, §7 provides:
"The Nominating Committee, chaired by the Immediate Past President, shall consist of no less than nine (9) members selected to afford fair representation to all regions of the country. Names of the members of the Nominating Committee shall be circulated by the President to the voting members not less than ninety (90) days prior to the Annual Meeting."

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We invite you to nominate yourself or another member (with consent) for any of these offices. Only voting members in good standing are eligible to hold office and remain subject to the canons of judicial conduct. Voting members include sitting judges and retired judge members in good standing.

Please submit a letter stating the roles the nominee has played in NAWJ activities, including particular accomplishments you wish to bring to the committee's attention, and attach the nominee's curriculum vita. The letter also should include a paragraph on the strengths the nominee would bring to the leadership of the organization such as, for example, past financial experience for the position of treasurer. Current officers seeking a different office must submit a letter of nomination (self-nomination or by another.) The President-Elect must have served a term as Vice President, Secretary or Treasurer, or as Chair of the Projects Committee or the Finance Committee. Candidates for the position of President-Elect should include a concise statement of their vision, address plans for continuing to build on NAWJ's existing projects and programs, and their approach to implementing NAWJ's Strategic Plan, which can be found at NAWJ's website.

Individual nominations, nominations by petition, and letters of support must be submitted to the Nominating Committee by Friday, July 8, 2016.

Address letters to:
National Association of Women Judges
ATTN: Hon. Julie E Frantz, Chair, Nominating Committee
1001 Connecticut Avenue, N.W., Suite 1138
Washington, D.C. 20036
Fax: (202) 393-0125 or
Email: and

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Judge Julie E. Frantz, Multnomah County Circuit, Chair
Judge Anna Blackburne-Rigsby, District of Columbia Court of Appeals
Judge Bernice Donald, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
Justice Nan Duffly, Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court
Senior Justice Dana Fabe, Alaska Supreme Court
Judge Jennifer Gee, U.S. Department of Labor
Judge Marcella Holland, Circuit Court for Baltimore City (Retired)
Judge Gladys Kessler, U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
Judge Brenda Loftin, St. Louis County Circuit Court (Retired)
Justice Judith McConnell, California Court of Appeal
Chief Justice Amy Nechtem, Massachusetts Juvenile Court
Judge Vanessa Ruiz, District of Columbia Court of Appeal
Justice Bea Ann Smith, Texas Court of Appeals (Retired)

Sail with NAWJ from Boston to Montreal
on Holland America's ms Maasdam Line
May 20-27, 2017

2017 New England Cruise Schedule
Saturday - 20 May 2017
Depart 4:00 pm Boston, Massachusetts

Sunday - 21 May 2017
Arrive 7:00 am Bar Harbor, Maine - Depart 3:00 pm

Monday - 22 May 2017
Arrive 9:00 am Halifax, Nova Scotia - Depart 6:00 pm

Tuesday - 23 May 2017
Arrive 11:00 am Sydney, Nova Scotia - Depart 6:00 pm

Wednesday - 24 May 2017
Arrive 11:00 am Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island - Depart 6:00 pm

Thursday - 25 May 2017
Cruising the Gulf of Saint Lawrence

Friday - 26 May 2017
Arrive 7:00 am Quebec City, Quebec - Depart 6:00 pm

Saturday - 27 May 2017
Cruising the Saint Lawrence River

Sunday - 28 May 2017
Arrive 7:00 am Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Interior Stateroom $759
Ocean-View Stateroom $959
Vista Suite $2,199

Taxes, fees and port expenses are an additional $210 and subject to change. *Single occupancy 200% of cruise fares.

Download and complete this registration form and mail, fax or email to:
Nancy Curtis, 2334 Vista Valley Lane, Vista, California 92084. Fax: 760-295-7733

Attendee registration fee includes a reception after disembarking in Montreal with Canadian members of IAWJ, and a cruise memento.

After December $150 NAWJ/IAWJ Members

Complete and fax/ mail/email this form to:
National Association of Women Judges
1001 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Suite 1138
Washington, D.C. 20036.
Fax: (202) 393-0125.

Registration must be received by NAWJ no later than your final payment to the cruise line.

For more details not found on this site contact cruise coordinator Nancy Curtis at

National Association of Women Lawyers
2016 Annual Meeting and Awards Luncheon
Thursday, July 14
Grand Hyatt at Grand Central, New York City

Join over 850 leading lawyers from across the United States and abroad at the National Association of Women Lawyers NAWL 2016 Annual Meeting and Awards Luncheon at the Grand Hyatt New York on Thursday, July 14. NAWL will recognize and honor leading lawyers who have made a significant impact on improving and diversifying the legal profession, and NAWL members who, through their time and effort, have made exceptional contributions to fulfilling NAWL's mission.

Attendees will include law firm, government, non-profit, and public service attorneys, as well as in-house counsel, members of the judiciary, and prominent law school faculty. The Annual Meeting features substantive sessions led by distinguished speakers, with a focus on building leadership and business acumen among women in the law. At this year's luncheon, we will celebrate the following awardees:

• President's Award: Facebook Inc.
• NAWL Lead by Example Award: Alan Bryan, Senior Associate General Counsel, Legal Operations & Outside Counsel Management, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
• M. Ashley Dickerson Award: Sheri Lynn Johnson, Associate Dean for Public Engagement and the James and Mark Flanagan Professor of Law, Cornell Law School
• Virginia S. Mueller Outstanding Member Awardees:
- Beth K. Baier, Principal Counsel, Media Distribution, The Walt Disney Company
- Lieutenant Colonel Mary E. Card-Mina, Staff Judge Advocate, U.S. Army
- Lindsay G. Carlson, Partner, Alston & Bird LLP

NAWJ members may obtain discount codes from by contacting Concitta Cavin at NAWL ( or 312.988.6748).

For more information visit their website,

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 5, 2016

The NAWJ Awards Committee requests nominations for the Honorable Joan Dempsey Klein Honoree of the Year Award and for the Florence K. Murray Award. Nominations will be accepted until the deadline of AUGUST 5, 2016. 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.

In addition, the Executive Committee and the President will respectively select 2016 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.

Awards will be given out during the 38th Annual Conference in Seattle, Washington.

Please submit completed nominations no later than AUGUST 5, 2016 to by mail or fax to:

National Association of Women Judges
Attn: Hon. Amy L. Nechtem
1001 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Suite 1138
Washington, D.C. 20036
Fax: 202-393-0125

Judge Claudia Barber, District of Columbia Administrative Office of Hearings
Judge Diana Becton, Contra Costa County Superior Court
Judge Diana S. Eagon, Hennepin County District Court (Retired)
Senior Justice Dana Fabe, Alaska Supreme Court
Judge Brenda Loftin, St. Louis County Circuit Court (Retired)
Chief Justice Barbara Madsen, Washington State Supreme Court
Judge Vanessa Ruiz, District of Columbia Court of Appeals

National Judicial Institute on Domestic Child Sex Trafficking
September 26-27, 2016 • Washington, D.C.
National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges

The National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges is excited to announce that a second National Judicial Institute on Domestic Child Sex Trafficking will be taking place this year in the Washington, D.C. area on September 26-27, 2016. Judicial officers from around the nation are invited to attend and learn more about this important issue.

The highly interactive Institute uses hypothetical case scenarios, small group discussion, survivor testimony, practical courtroom exercises, and "mini" lectures to provide new and experienced juvenile and family court judges with the tools they need to develop or enhance their ability to identify and work with child sex trafficking victims. Judges will also learn effective intervention strategies that respond to the individualized needs of each victim and a stronger sense of their courtroom and community roles to help prevent and end domestic child sex trafficking.

A few of the noted faculty and experts may include:

• Judge Catherine Pratt of the S.T.A.R. Court - Los Angeles Superior Court (see a video regarding her specialty court here.)
• Dr. Karen Country-Roswurm, Founder and Executive Director of the Center for Combating Human Trafficking (see an article on Dr. Roswurm here.)
• Yasmin Vafa, JD, Executive Director of Rights4Girls (see her Huffington Post blog here.)

There is no registration fee for this excellent program but participants will be responsible for their own lodging, travel arrangements, and other costs.

Click here to register for the Institute!

The Institute is the result of a dynamic partnership between the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, Futures Without Violence, Rights4Girls, and the NCJFCJ. This program is currently pending approval from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP).

Please contact Chrissy Cullen at or (775) 507-4811 with any questions.

Women in Prison Committee Visits the Metropolitan Detention
Center in Brooklyn, New York

Please read the report of National Association of Women Judges (NAWJ) Women in Prison Committee (WIP)'s second visit (June 3, 2016) to the Bureau of Prison's Metropolitan Detention Center (MDC) in Brooklyn, New York here.

The federal women's prison at Danbury, Connecticut, closed in December 2013. BOP "temporarily" re-located the Danbury women to the Metropolitan Detention Center (MDC) located in Brooklyn, New York. The MDC consists of two buildings, eight and nine stories high. The women are held in a housing unit on an upper floor. One of the visitors Women in Prison Committee Co-Chair Brenda Williams reports:

"The conditions are scandalous…to forbid the sun to shine on their territory. That deprivation in itself makes people crazy, never to see the outside world. As your report says, the conditions are "unconscionable" and, in violating the minimal standards, ought to be cause for demotion or legal action against the administrators. It is hideous to read about--no programs, no doctors, no proper food, no outdoor time. Inhumane in every respect. And clearly nobody is listening to the women--whether in general or in particular. No counseling, no facilitating employment. Nothing but emotional abuse."

Judge Cheryl J. Gonzales, Chair of the New York Chapter of the NAWJ's WIP, Judge Robin S. Garson, and NAWJ WIP Co-Chairs, Judge Brenda P. Murray and Judge Betty J. Williams, visited MDC on March 20, 2015, and again on June 3, 2016.

Again, you may read their report here.

NAWJ New York Honors Hon. Leslie E. Stein, Hon. Darcel
Clark and Hon. Janet DiFiore at Annual Chapter Dinner

Pictured from left: Hon. Leslie E. Stein; Marie Komisar, NAWJ Executive Director; Hon. Kathy J. King, New York Chapter President; NAWJ Past President Hon. Betty Weinberg Ellerin; former NAWJ Board Member Hon. Darcel Clark; and NAWJ Past President Hon. La Tia W. Martin (who received the award on behalf of Chief Judge Janet DiFiore, not pictured). Eagle photos by Rob Abruzzese. Story written by From By Rob Abruzzese at the Brooklyn Daily Eagle.

The New York Chapter of the National Association of Women Judges (NAWJ) hosted its annual dinner on June 29 at Giando On the Water in Williamsburg where it honored Chief Judge of the State of New York Janet DiFiore and two others.

In addition to DiFiore, Hon. Leslie E. Stein, associate judge of the court of appeals, and Hon. Darcel Clark, district attorney in the Bronx, were also honored.

"Isn't this a wonderful evening?" said Hon. Kathy J. King, president of the NAWJ New York Chapter. "We have a beautiful mix of powerful women mingling with colleagues and friends while supporting a great organization."

The ceremony at the event was brief, with state Assemblymember Annette Robinson giving the invocation, King speaking about the organization and then presenting awards to the three honorees and the honorees then giving short remarks. Each honoree also received a Tiffany crystal bowl engraved with the NAWJ's emblem.

"In the poem, 'The Phenomenal Woman,' the late Poet Laureate Maya Angelou speaks of a woman who is self-confident and unafraid to fight for the rights of others," King said. "Tonight's honorees are examples of phenomenal women."

Click here to finish reading the story.

National Center for State Courts
Seeks Nominations for 2017
William H. Rehnquist Award

Presented annually by the National Center for State Courts, the William H. Rehnquist Award for Judicial Excellence is a prestigious award honoring a state court judge who demonstrates the outstanding qualities of judicial excellence, including integrity, fairness, open-mindedness, knowledge of the law, professional ethics, creativity, sound judgment, intellectual courage, and decisiveness. The William H. Rehnquist Award honors judges who are taking bold steps to address a variety of issues affecting their communities.

In the fall of each year, the judge receiving this distinguished honor is recognized during an award ceremony held at the U.S. Supreme Court. The award highlights the judge's work to provide model programs for court systems throughout the United States.

Chief Justice of the United States John G. Roberts Jr. will present the award during an evening dinner ceremony on Thursday, November 17, 2016, at the United States Supreme Court.

Nominations must be received by Friday, June 17, 2016. Click here to learn more about nominations.

International Outreach's
Judicial Exchange Program Subcommittee

Judge Teresa Guerrero-Daley, who chairs the Judicial Exchange subcommittee of NAWJ's International Outreach Committee, reminds anyone interested in exchange that the subcommittee has created a Judicial Exchange Program form. The form may be used to communicate where and when you will be traveling, along with other travel details, to assist the committee in matching an appropriate host.

You may download the form here. For additional information contact Judge Teresa Guerrero-Daley at

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Calendar of Programs and Events
NAWJ 37th Annual Conference will take place in Seattle, Washington from October 5-9, 2016 at the Sheraton Seattle Hotel.

NAWJ 38th Annual Conference will take place in Atlanta, Georgia from October 11-15, 2017 at the Sheraton Atlanta Hotel.

NAWJ 39th Annual Conference will take place in San Antonio, Texas from October 3-7, 2018 at the Hyatt Regency Riverwalk.

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