As we spring forward into the summer and are now in the month of June, we join our members in celebrating the graduation of their children, grandchildren and other relatives and friends from high school, college, law school or other educational institutions. I congratulate you, your families and the graduates on their academic achievements and wish them the very best as they pursue their dreams and careers.
June is also the month in which we celebrate Father's Day. I salute our NAWJ members who are fathers, grandfathers and father figures. I also thank our male members for joining NAWJ and for supporting our mission for equal access to justice for all and fostering a level playing field for women in the legal profession and beyond.
I sincerely hope that you will join us in Washington, D.C. for our 13th Annual Legislative Caucus. The theme of this year's Caucus is #WE TOO IN THE LEGAL WORKPLACE, where we will discuss strategies to ensure healthy work environments free of sexual harassment and intimidation.
Hon. Tanya R. Kennedy
President, National Association of Women Judges
Call for Nominations for
2018-2019 NAWJ Board of Directors Positions
The duties of the above positions are set out in the NAWJ Bylaws at:
NAWJ seeks nominees for the following positions for the 2018 - 2019 term:
Vice President for Districts
Vice President for Publications
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."
We invite you to nominate yourself or another member (with consent) for any of the open roles.
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 describing the nominee's participation 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 role 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 Monday, July 2, 2018.
Address letters to:
National Association of Women Judges
ATTN: Hon. Lisa S. Walsh
1001 Connecticut Avenue, N.W., Suite 1138, Washington, D.C. 20036
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NOMINATING COMMITTEE MEMBERS:
Hon. Lisa S. Walsh, Florida Circuit Court, Civil Division, Chair
Hon. Lucy A. Billings, New York State Supreme Court
Hon. Anna Blackburne-Rigsby, District of Columbia Court of Appeals
Hon. Bernice Bouie Donald, United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
Hon. Fernande (Nan) R.V. Duffly, Supreme Judicial Court (Retired)
Hon. Julie E. Frantz, Multnomah County Circuit Court (Retired)
Hon. Cheryl J. Gonzales, New York City Civil Court, Housing Part
Hon. Sophia H. Hall, Circuit Court of Cook County, IL
Hon. Marcella A. Holland, Circuit Court for Baltimore City, MD (Retired)
Hon. Gladys Kessler, U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
Hon. Brenda Stith Loftin, St. Louis County Circuit Court (Retired)
Hon. Judith McConnell, California Court of Appeal
Hon. Sheri S. Roman, New York Appellate Division
Hon. Vanessa Ruiz, District of Columbia Court of Appeals
Hon. Betty J. Williams, New York State Supreme Court, Kings County (Retired)
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
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 3, 2018. To assist you in nominating candidates for these two awards, click here for application guidelines for the Joan Dempsey Klein Award, and here for the Florence K. Murray Award.
In addition, the Executive Committee and President will respectively select 2018 honorees for the Mattie Belle Davis Award and the Justice Vaino Spencer Leadership Award. Click here to review guidelines and descriptions for all awards, including the Mattie Belle Davis and Justice Vaino Spencer Awards.
Awards will be presented during the 40th Annual Conference in San Antonio, TX.
A list of all past award honorees may be found here.
Please submit completed nominations no later than August 3, 2018 to firstname.lastname@example.org or by mail to:
National Association of Women Judges
Attn: Hon. Ariane Vuono
1001 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Suite 1138
Washington, D.C. 20036
AWARDS COMMITTEE MEMBERS:
Hon. Ariane Vuono, Massachusetts Court of Appeals, Chair
Hon. Cindy D. Davis, California Superior Court, San Diego County
Hon. Dana Fabe, Alaska Supreme Court (Retired)
Hon. Holly Fujie, Superior Court of California, Los Angeles County
Hon. Debra James, New York State Supreme Court
Hon. Cindy Lederman, Florida Eleventh Judicial Circuit Dependency Court
Hon. Brenda Loftin, St. Louis County Circuit Court, MO (Retired)
Hon. Karla Moskowitz, New York State Appellate Division, First Department (Retired)
Hon. Vanessa Ruiz, District of Columbia Court of Appeals
Hon. Julia Weatherly, Circuit Court for Prince George County, MD (Retired)
SHAPING THE FUTURE OF JUSTICE IN THE EMERGING LEGAL LANDSCAPE
NAWJ 40TH ANNUAL CONFERENCE
OCTOBER 3-7, 2018 • SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS
REGISTER TODAY - EARLYBIRD REGISTRATION UNTIL AUGUST 1, 2018
ABA President Hilarie Bass and Harriet Miers, the first woman President of the Texas Bar Association are featured speakers at NAWJ's 40th Annual Conference in San Antonio. The educational panels at the Annual Conference will address relevant and timely issues, including The Dark Web and Virtual Currencies; the Public Policy's Role in Judging; Judicial Independence and the work of NAWJ's Informed Voters Project; Race, Gender, Sexuality and the Judiciary; Social Media and the Judiciary; Dementia in the Courtroom; and Implicit Bias.
Click here to register online, or download this registration form, complete and email to email@example.com or mail to NAWJ, 1001 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Suite 1138, Washington, D.C. 20036.
RESERVE ACCOMODATIONS AT THE HOST HOTEL
(until August 1, 2018)
|First Time Member
Rooms are available at the Hyatt Regency San Antonio Riverwalk for $229 per night, plus applicable state and local taxes, single or double occupancy. For reservations, call 1-800-223-1234 and state that you are with the National Association of Women Judges (NAWJ) to get the reduced rate.
For more information on the annual conference, click here.
NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF WOMEN LAWYERS
2018 ANNUAL MEETING & AWARDS LUNCHEON
JULY 19, 2018 - GRAND HYATT NEW YORK IN NEW YORK CITY
NAWJ is pleased to be a Partnering Organization of the National Association of Women Lawyers' (NAWL) 2018 Annual Meeting & Awards Luncheon on Thursday, July 19 at the Grand Hyatt New York in New York City. We have arranged a special 10% discount for our members. To register, please go to https://www.nawl.org/2018annualmeeting and use the code AMNAWJ2018 to get the discount.
The Luncheon will draw over 900 attendees, including outside and in-house counsel, and attorneys from government, military, non-profits, and academia. The 2018 awards to be presented include:
In addition to the Awards Luncheon celebrating leaders in our organization and profession, there will be comprehensive and rich programming relevant to women in all fields of legal practice.
Registration is open to NAWL members and non-members. Scholarships are available for attorneys who wish to attend but may not be able to do so due to cost considerations.
For additional information about NAWL and the 2018 Annual Meeting & Awards Luncheon, visit www.nawl.org.
- NAWL President's Award for the advancement and retention of women attorneys by an organization – to 3M Company;
- Arabella Babb Mansfield Award in recognition of professional achievement, positive influence, and valuable contribution to women in the law and society – to Roberta Kaplan;
- Lead by Example Award for a leading male attorney in a law firm, company, government unit or public interest entity who supports the advancement of women within his organization – to Ben Wilson, Chairman of Beveridge & Diamond, P.C; and
- M. Ashley Dickerson Award in recognition of lawyers who promote diversity – Sandra Phillips Rogers, Group Vice President, General Counsel, Chief Legal Officer, and Corporate Secretary of Toyota Motor North America, Inc.
JUDGE DONNA PAULSEN CELEBRATES THREE YEARS OF IOWA'S BOOK CLUB
SUCCESS IN A WELCOME MESSAGE TO BOOK CLUB MEMBERS
Over three years ago, Iowa Correctional Institute for Women (ICIW) Warden Patti Wachtendorf approached Polk County, Iowa judges and asked if we would be willing to help create a book club for offenders who had been requesting a club for some time. When we proposed the project to judges, attorneys and friends, there was an enthusiastic response of "Yes!" After recruiting and training volunteers, as well as securing donations for book purchases, the first Book Club meeting was held April 14, 2015. The Book Club continues its impactful work.
Many people have made this possible and need to be thanked: Warden Wachtendorf for starting the program; Warden Sheryl Dahm for continuing the program; Samantha Tucker for organizing the schedule and providing trainings; security officers who escort us to the class room on those dark, cold nights; staff who allow this project at ICIW; and most importantly our well-read and loyal members, some of whom have been with us since day one; our loyal members who recruit other members and deliver and collect the books; over 20 enthusiastic and reliable volunteers; our donors who provide funds to purchase the books; Alice Meyers at Beaverdale Books who orders affordable books; our sponsors NAWJ, Iowa Organization of Women Attorneys, Polk County Women Attorneys and friends; Judge Brenda Murray and the Maryland Women's Prison Book Club, who have been our mentors; and many others who have supported this program.
In our three years of existence we have met 72 times, the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month. Our volunteers have never missed a meeting because of lack of volunteer interest or weather and our members have always been there even if they disliked the book! We have now supplied over 1,000 books to ICIW to be read by book club members and then shared with other residents to enjoy.
Our motto is "Read. Travel to other worlds and into your own." To that end we have indeed traveled to many places including: hiked the Pacific Crest Trail with Cheryl Strayed in Wild; had a harrowing journey with The Girl on the Train; walked the moors with Heathcliff in Wuthering Heights; journeyed to Afghanistan and France in And the Mountains Echoed; and even traveled to another planet in The Sparrow. We have shared much laughter such as talking about our childhood pets while discussing The Art of Racing in the Rain. We have also explored more sensitive topics about our life journeys such as our relationship with family as in The Glass Castle. Many serious challenges in our world and in our justice system were explored in our discussion of Just Mercy.
Did you know you are trail blazers? There is now an organization in Canada, Book Clubs for Inmates, and their goal is to facilitate a book club in every Federal Prison in Canada. They have read many of the same books we have selected. The Maryland Women's Prison Book Club has now been meeting for fourteen years. We hope to beat their record!!
So, welcome new members and welcome back continuing members. Our next session starts April 10, 2018 and ends September 25, 2018, and with your suggestions, we have a varied line-up of all types of books including: classics, non-fiction, science fiction, a mystery, a thriller, contemporary fiction, Pulitzer Prize winning authors, and more. We look forward to continuing to meet with you every two weeks for invigorating and challenging discussions about themes, characters, writing styles, etc. Thank you all for continuing this amazing program where we all learn from each other and share a special bond as book club members.
Women in Prison Committee Member Judge Donna Paulsen (Ret.) (Iowa District Court) was appointed to the bench in 1992. Born in Des Moines, Iowa, she earned her bachelor's degree with distinction in 1970 and her law degree with distinction in 1975 from the University of Iowa. Judge Paulsen maintained a private practice in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and later in Des Moines, Iowa for seventeen years before her appointment. She served as President of the Iowa Judges Association and on the Board of Governors of the Iowa State Bar Association and the Association of Trial Lawyers of Iowa. She was a member of the Iowa Attorney General's Task Force on ADR and the Iowa Supreme Court Commission on Planning for the 21st Century. She is a fellow in the American Bar Foundation and an emeritus member of the C. Edwin Moore Inn of Court.
COMMITTEE CHAIRS SPOTLIGHT
LAW SCHOOL OUTREACH COMMITTEE CO-CHAIRS
JUDGE SALLY E. UNGER and PROFESSOR TRACY WALTERS MCCORMACK
Law School Outreach Committee Co-Chairs Hon. Colleen Clark (District 12-CO), Hon. Lisa M. Fisher (District 2 -Upstate NY), and Hon. Marylou Muirhead (District 1—MA) will be featured in upcoming Updates.
The Law School Outreach Committee's purpose is to build a pipeline to the judiciary by expanding NAWJ's presence in law schools by hosting programs and strengthening relationships with law school deans, professors and students. Our goal is to have a Committee Co-Chair in each district. Please contact President Kennedy at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in serving as a Co-Chair of this Committee.
The Hon. Sally E. Unger was elected to the judiciary of the Queens County Civil Court in 2013. She serves as the Queens Representative for the New York City Civil Court Judges Association. In addition to serving as co-chair of NAWJ's Law School Outreach Committee, she is Downstate Chair of NAWJ's New York Chapter. Judge Unger was admitted to practice law in New York State in 1982. She is a member of the Board of Trustees and former President of the Queens County Women's Bar Association. She served three years as a member of the Independent Judicial Evaluation Qualification Commission.
From 1982 through 1987, Judge Unger practiced in the Family Courts within the City of New York and on Long Island. Judge Unger commenced her career in real estate litigation in 1988 as an associate attorney in the law firm of Katz & Katz. From 1994 to 1995, Judge Unger was in-house counsel to Algin Management Company where she conducted an expansive practice representing the management company for over 3,500 multiple dwelling units. From 1994 to 2000, Judge Unger was a part-time Councilmanic Aide where she represented New York City Councilmember Karen Koslowitz at Community Board meetings and NYPD sponsored community council meetings. From 1995 to 1997, she was a senior associate with the Law Offices of Mitchell H. Kossoff. From February 1997 to December 2013, Judge Unger served as a supervising partner in the law firm of Kossoff & Unger where she supervised the trial unit in a boutique real estate litigation practice representing landlords and tenants in summary holdover proceedings involving nonprimary residence, illegal sublets, nuisance and illegal lockout issues, as well as HP proceedings. She conducted protracted trials, drafted appellate briefs and argued appeals. Judge Unger served as a court appointed fiduciary in foreclosure actions in the roles of Referee, Receiver and Attorney for Receiver. She was also the managing member of Farmview Estates LLC, a real estate development company.
Judge Unger received her B.A. in 1977 from Simon's Rock Early College, where she has served on the Board of Overseers since 1990. She obtained her J.D. in 1981 from the University of Richmond.
HONORABLE SALLY E. UNGER
CIVIL COURT OF THE CITY OF NEW YORK
Tracy Walters McCormack is a lecturer and Director of Advocacy at The University of Texas School of Law (UT). Professor McCormack practiced as a trial lawyer for 14 years in Austin before joining the faculty full time in 2000. She spent most of her time in private practice with the firms of Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld LLP and Clark, Thomas & Winters. She has extensive experience in civil trials and appeals, mediation, arbitration and summary jury trials. Professor McCormack also served as an adjunct professor at UT teaching courses in Texas Civil Procedure and trial skills while in private practice. She now teaches courses in Evidence, Trial Advocacy, ADR Advocacy and related subjects. Professor McCormack has co-authored the book, "The First Trial: Where do I sit? What do I say?" Her most recent publications explore issues associated with the decline of jury trials, the privatization of the justice system and the appropriate use of ADR in the legal system. She heads the John L. Hill Trial Advocacy Center, the Harry M. Reasoner Center for Trial Practice and the Kincaid and Horton Excellence Fund for Empirical Advocacy Research.
Professor McCormack received a B.A. from the University of Notre Dame in 1983 and a J.D. from the University of Texas in 1986. In 1984, she served as briefing clerk to the Honorable Thomas B. Miller, Presiding Justice, West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals.
Professor McCormack is a member of several professional associations and organizations, including the Texas Bar Foundation, the State Bar of Texas Consumer Law Council, the National Order of Barristers and the Lloyd Lochridge Austin Inn of Court (2010-2011 President).
PROFESSOR TRACY WALTERS MCCORMACK
THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS SCHOOL OF LAW
NEW MEMBER CORNER - MEET SHAWN TAFRESHI
SAN DIEGO DEPUTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY
Shawn Tafreshi has been a San Diego Deputy District Attorney for over 12 years. He is a graduate of the University of California, Irvine's Loyola Law School. While at Loyola, Mr. Tafreshi became an award winning published author, and served as the Editor-in-Chief of the Loyola International and Comparative Law Review. He also served as Judicial Extern to the Honorable Kim McLane Wardlaw of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
As a Deputy District Attorney, Mr. Tafreshi is currently a supervisor in his office's gang unit which specializes in prevention, investigation, and prosecution of gang-related crimes of violence. In 2016, he received the San Diego Deputy District Attorneys Association's Outstanding Achievement Award in Prosecution, and the Board of Supervisors' Prosecution Award. He was honored for his successful trial work related to several cold case gang murders. One of the cases involved several years of work related to the murder of a young child waiting for his mother to pick him up to visit family.
Mr. Tafreshi is a state-wide and local lecturer on areas related to ethics, trial advocacy, the rules of evidence, criminal discovery, criminal procedure, the grand jury, and felony sentencing. He teaches introductory and advanced courses on Brady v. Maryland, ensuring that prosecutors are continually reminded of the critically important role of ethics and professionalism in criminal legal practice. Mr. Tafreshi is also an Adjunct Professor of Law at the Thomas Jefferson School of Law in San Diego where he teaches a course on Evidence.
Mr. Tafreshi is actively involved in legal and non-legal mentorship programs and community outreach activities throughout San Diego. For the past nine years, he has served as Head Coach for a highly successful high school mock trial team. He is an active member of the Lawyer's Club with his wife Brooke, who is also a Deputy District Attorney in San Diego. Mr. Tafreshi is a proud father to two beautiful children, ages three and five. When he is not at work, Mr. Tafreshi coaches his children's sports teams and shares a good laugh with his family.
NAWJ DISTRICT ONE HOSTS COLOR OF JUSTICE PROGRAM
AT LOWELL (MA) DISTRICT COURT
On May 25, 2018, NAWJ member Judge Stacey Fortes chaired a Color of Justice Program at the Lowell District Court in Massachusetts. Approximately 40 students of diverse backgrounds from the Butler and Sullivan middle schools in Lowell attended the program. The event featured three panel discussions with speakers sharing their personal experiences and backgrounds, encouraging the students to pursue a career in the law; discussing the importance of personal commitment and perseverance; and the role and importance of court staff, lawyers and judges.
The first panel, titled "A Day in the Life of a Judge" included NAWJ Past President Chief Justice Amy Nechtem (Massachusetts Juvenile Court), Associate Justice Kimberly Budd (Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court), Associate Justice Shannon Frison (Massachusetts Superior Court), NAWJ member Associate Justice Helen Brown Bryant (Juvenile Court); and Judges Margaret Guzman, Ellen Caulo and Barbara Pearson (District Court).
The panel "How Do I Become a Lawyer" featured attorneys from the Middlesex District Attorney's Office, Committee of Public Counsel's Office, and the local bar association. The panel "What Is it Like to Work in a Courthouse" featured clerk magistrates, probation officers, a performance analyst, an interpreter, and a court officer.
Judge Fortes, who served as moderator for the three panels, sits as a trial judge in Massachusetts Lowell District Court.
The students were treated to lunch in breakout groups, continued discussion about law as a career and toured the courthouse after lunch. The students departed with NAWJ donated tote bags and summer reading that a local supporter donated.
NAWJ DISTRICT 2 HOSTS COLOR OF JUSTICE PROGRAM
AT ALBANY LAW SCHOOL
PHOTO LEFT: One of the small group breakout sessions (L-R): NAWJ President Kennedy; three youths with Serena Joyce White-Lake, Esq. (seated in wine colored outfit); Karonne Watson (seated in black outfit), of the Capital District Black and Hispanic Bar Association; Hon. Rachel Kretser (Ret.), Chair of the Third Judicial District Gender Fairness Committee; and Mia Wolfe, Esq. of the Capital District Women's Bar Association.
PHOTO CENTER: NAWJ District 2 Director, Hon. Cenceria P. Edwards, President Kennedy, and Judge Heath.
PHOTO RIGHT: Albany Law School Staff Attorney David Craft, with NAWJ President Kennedy and Judge Edwards.
On May 19, 2018, NAWJ District 2 Director, Hon. Cenceria P. Edwards, NAWJ member Hon. Helena Heath of Albany City Court, NAWJ member Hon. Juanita Bing Newton, Dean of the New York State Judicial Institute, and Pershia Wilkins, the Director of Multicultural Initiatives and Assistant Director of Admissions at Albany Law School spearheaded the first Color of Justice Program at the school. High school students who attended the program were members of the Capital District YMCA's Black and Latino Achievers Program, which focuses on academic and personal achievement. Many the students who attended expressed interest in becoming an attorney.
The program kicked off with welcoming remarks from NAWJ President Hon. Tanya R. Kennedy, followed by an "Attorney Panel on Careers in Law" that Judge Heath moderated. The attorney panelists were Serena Joyce White-Lake and Madalyn Dethomasis, government counsels for New York State and the City of Albany, respectively; Lillian Moy, Executive Director of the Legal Aid Society of Northeastern New York; and Albany Law School staff attorney David Craft. The panelists discussed the challenges they faced in becoming a lawyer and how they navigated through law school to overcome those challenges. The panelists also discussed the importance of time management and the need to develop strong writing skills for success in law school and as an attorney.
During the panel on "Pursuing Higher Education and Career Goals," Pershia Wilkins, David Craft, and Capital District Women's Bar Association President-Elect Ricja Rice addressed the resources available to high school students to prepare for the LSAT; pre-law courses and funding; and the panelists' real life successes during college, law school and their respective legal careers. The Judges Panel, which Judge Edwards moderated, addressed the various courts that judges presided over and the impact a judge has on how justice is carried out in society. NAWJ President Kennedy, Albany County Family Court Judge Richard Rivera, Judge Heath and NAWJ member Hon. Rachel Kretser (Ret.) engaged in a lively discussion about their paths to the judiciary and they stressed the importance and benefits of the NAWJ Color of Justice Program to assist students with pursuing a career in the law.
We capped off the day with students, lawyers and judges discussing relevant legal and societal issues in seven small groups that Judge Heath organized which addressed topics such as, the students' thoughts on the problems society faced to keep youths safe; the barriers to access higher educational opportunities; and the steps needed to ensure a fair criminal justice system. Three community leaders, including the Capital District YMCA Youth Development Director Anzala Alozie, Esq., also participated in these discussions. The students demonstrated immense poise and leadership in these discussions and one youth from each group provided an oral report of their small group sessions to the entire group. Some of the points raised in these discussions were that mentors and role models have a positive impact on a youth's success, and the importance of knowing your legal rights and to advocate for such rights to improve one's community.
Judges Edwards and Heath are grateful to NAWJ President Kennedy; NAWJ NY Chapter President Hon. Renee Minarik; Past NAWJ President Hon. LaTia Martin; Hon Juanita Bing Newton; NAWJ member Hon. Edwina Mendelson, Deputy Chief Administrative Judge for Justice Initiatives for the State of New York; and NAWJ Treasurer Hon. Kathy King for their assistance in planning this program. We also extend sincere thanks to our program sponsors: Albany Law School, Capital District Women's Bar Association, Capital District Black and Hispanic Bar Association, Capital District YMCA, Third Judicial District Gender Fairness Committee, Law School Admissions Council Discover Law Program, and the New York State Courts' Office of Justice Initiatives.
PROFESSOR JUDITH RESNIK'S SCHOLARSHIP CITED IN RECENT COURT DECISION
Earlier this month, Judge Carlton Reeves of the District Court of the Southern District of Mississippi issued a decision in S.E.C. v. Adams, 3:18-CV-252-CWR-FKB directing that applicants for the position of court appointed receiver be open to all qualified applicants. Judge Reeves noted the small number of minorities and women who hold these positions and cited the article Gender Bias: From Classes to Courts by NAWJ member Professor Judith Resnik.
CRUISE THE DANUBE WITH NAWJ
BUDAPEST TO NUREMBERG • MAY 5 – 12, 2019
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For more information on how to reserve cabin, register with NAWJ, and the Amawaterways Cruise Line visit the event page at NAWJ here.
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CALENDAR OF EVENTS
NAWJ and the Queens County Women's Bar Association will present a dinner and film screening of "The Judge", Erika Cohn's documentary on Kholoud Al-Faqih, the first female Palestinian Judge appointed to Muslim Shari'a courts in the Middle East. The event takes place on June 18, 2018 at Bourbon Street in Bayside, New York. Cost $30 for three-course dinner. Contact Judge Sally Unger at email@example.com or Lavinia Cousin at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
U.S. District Judge for the Southern District of Texas, Hon. Vanessa D. Gilmore, will host a reception with the law firm Alvarez & Marsal for the NAWJ 40th Annual Conference on June 28, 2018 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Contact Meghan Kelly at email@example.com.
NAWJ Legislative Caucus Reception and Meeting, July 17-18, 2018. Deloitte & Touche will host a reception the evening prior, Tuesday July 17, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on the Rooftop Penthouse at their office located at 555 12th Street NW, Washington, D.C. RSVP required to firstname.lastname@example.org. A small block of rooms is reserved at the Hotel Lombardy, 2019 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, D.C. The room rate is $169 for a king and $189 for a double. Please be advised that you can book at the group rate from Sunday, July 15, 2018 to Saturday, July 21, 2018. Please note that the last date to make reservations under the group block is Monday, June 25, 2018. Any reservations made after the agreed upon date will be subject to availability. Contact Mary-Kathleen Todd at email@example.com for any questions and assistance. Use this link and code 3794 to make your reservation: https://www.reservations-page.com/C00519/H11150/ov.aspx?pc=L3794.
NAWJ 40th Annual Conference - "Shaping the Future of Justice in the Emerging Landscape," October 3-7, 2018 at the Hyatt Regency Riverwalk in San Antonio, TX.
Cruise the Danube with NAWJ, May 5-12, 2019, for seven nights, from Budapest to Nuremberg on the AmaCerto with Amawaterways Cruise Line. Book a cabin with NAWJ's group by contacting Maija Groden, Tzell Travel Group. Email: MGroden@Tzell.com. Phone: (212) 944-2121, ext. 2882.