NAWJ Monthly Update August 2014

Written by National Association of Women Judges|August 01, 2014|Monthly Update Archive

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August 2014

In This Issue:

Dear Members and Friends!

August is well underway and soon the summer will be drawing to a close. This is the perfect time to once again say thank you to the dedicated and hard-working members of NAWJ and to our fantastic staff! This is also a good time to take stock of all the important work we have done so far this year through NAWJ. I have had the opportunity and pleasure of meeting with many of our members and partners across the country. I appreciate the creative, relevant outreach and educational programs that have been presented in each of NAWJ's 14 districts - thanks to our District Directors and State Chairs. Additionally, NAWJ's many committees such as human trafficking, women in prison, domestic violence and ethics, engage our members in important substantive discussions and work. NAWJ projects, such as the Informed Voters/Fair Judges Project, Color of Justice Program and others, continue to be vibrant and engaging. I am also very proud of the contributions of our dynamic Resource Board members to the work and programming of NAWJ. Several of the stars of our Resource Board are featured in the newest issue of NAWJ's Counterbalance magazine, which you will be receiving soon.

The ongoing work of our members and partners is vital to "Ensuring Access to Justice for All". As we watch the news of conflict around the world and right here at home, we are mindful of the critically important role that a fair, open, and independent judiciary plays in a democratic society. However, the weight and responsibility of the work we do in our respective courts and tribunals throughout the year, necessitates that we each take a little time to reflect, refresh, rest, and renew ourselves, so that we can give our best to the communities and people that we serve. I hope that in these last few weeks of summer that each of you will take a little time with family, friends and loved ones, to rejuvenate and fortify yourselves for the important work that lies ahead for each of us.

Thank you for all that you do for NAWJ, and for the communities that you serve.

Judge Anna Blackburne-Rigsby


New Address:
National Association of Women Judges
1001 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Suite 1138
Washington, D.C. 20036
Telephone: (202) 393-0222 • Fax: (202) 393-0125

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 19, 2014. 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 2014 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 36th Annual Conference in San Diego, California.

View a list of previous awardees here.

Please submit completed nominations no later than August 19 to by mail or fax to:

National Association of Women Judges
Attn: Hon. Barbara Madsen
1341 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C. 20036-1834
Fax: 202-393-0125

Hon. Barbara Madsen, Washington Supreme Court, Chair
Hon. Diana Becton, Contra Costa County Superior Court, California
Hon. Marjorie Carter (Retired), California
Hon. Lisette Shirdan-Harris, Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas, Pennsylvania
Hon. Bernette Johnson. Louisiana Supreme Court
Hon. Brenda Loftin (Retired), Missouri
Hon. Amy Nechtem, Massachusetts Juvenile Court

NAWJ 36th Annual Conference
Protecting and Advancing Meaningful Access to Justice
October 15-19, 2014 • San Diego, CA
The Westin Gaslamp Quarter

Download the Conference brochure here and share with friends.

Hon. Tamila E. Ipema • Hon. Margie G. Woods

Justice Sonia Sotomayor, U.S. Supreme Court
Janet Napolitano, President, University of California
Professor Anita F. Hill, Brandeis University
Professor Charles G. Ogletree, Jr., Harvard Law School

Tour of the International Border
Tour of an Unaccompanied Minor Children's Camp
Las Colinas Women's Detention Reentry Facility Tour
The San Diego Family Justice Center

Register online here, or download and fax this registration form.
Conference registration fees:
$595 for NAWJ Members
$525 for Members who are First-Time Attendees
$695 for Non-Members Attendees
$575 Guest Rate (spouse and children of attendees)

Room Reservations: Click here or call (619) 239-2200.
NAWJ Rate: $219/night, plus applicable taxes, single or double occupancy

For more information contact:
Conference Chairs: Judge Tamila E. Ipema by email
Judge Margie G. Woods by email
Conference Manager: Mary Kathleen Todd by email

California's Women in Prison Committee
invites your participation in a book drive for the
California Institution for Women
(Click here to view the Amazon Wishlist.)

NAWJ invites your support for this Women in Prison Committee book drive created in conjunction with the 2014 Annual Conference. The drive will benefit the library of the California Institution for Women (CIW) in Corona. CIW needs 50 copies of each title - Casting the First Stone by Kimberla Lawson Roby; Bad Childhood-Good Life, by Dr. Laura Schlessinger; and Raw & Naked, But Good, by Moesha McCaffe. The book drive will continue through the end of the year to give every NAWJ member a chance to participate.

Click here and take a moment to buy a book and support this drive. The Warden and Public Information would like to thank NAWJ for its support thus far. Its first book reading was a success, and there is a waiting list of women wanting to sign up for the book club. Let us know if you have purchased a book to be sent to CIW, and we will recognize you on the San Diego Annual Conference web page.

A shout out to California Superior Court Judge Jamoa Moberly, for her donation to the book drive. Don't forget

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