NAWJ Monthly Update December 2012

Written by National Association of Women Judges|December 01, 2012|Monthly Update Archive

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December 2012
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Dear NAWJ Members,

It was great to see so many of you in Miami Beach. Thank You for coming. Kudos to Judges Lisa Walsh and Myriam Lehr and their team for putting on a stupendous conference in a fabulous location!! For those of you who were unable to attend, my installation remarks are copied below.

My first 3 weeks as your President have been a whirlwind.

On November 15, I had the honor to represent NAWJ at the 2012 ceremony for the National Center for State Courts Rehnquist Award for Judicial Excellence, presented this year by Chief Justice John Roberts to a judge in his home state of Indiana, Judge John Surbeck. Judge Surbeck was recognized for his pioneering work setting up the Allen County Reentry Court.

Last week we held a wonderful kickoff reception for the 2013 Washington, D.C. Midyear Leadership Conference in conjunction with District 4's post conference fall meeting. The firm of McDermott Will & Emery hosted the reception in their spectacular new space overlooking the U.S. Capitol. Our Midyear Leadership Conference will be May 2-4, 2013 in DC. Be sure to mark your calendars to attend.

Our exciting plans include a:
  • Congressional Day on Thursday, topped off with a joint program with the Shakespeare Theatre's Bard Association on Shakespeare and the Law, and a reception at Fulbright Jaworski L.L.P.
  • Supreme Court Day on Friday, with a private tour of the Court, a forum on judicial independence issues for special courts as compared with general courts moderated by constitutional scholar and Harvard Law School Professor Vicki Jackson and a reception at the court at which Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg will greet us.
  • Training Day on Human Trafficking on Saturday, with an eminent faculty.

Registration for the 2013 Midyear is now open. Click here to download the registration form.

November 10, 2012
National Association of Women Judges' 34th Annual Conference

Wow, this is exciting!!

What an honor and privilege it is for me to take the helm of The National Association of Women Judges. I am deeply moved by your trust and confidence. At the outset, I want to give special recognition and thanks to Judges Norma Shapiro, Linda Murnane, Sandra Robinson and Sue Yang for your enthusiasm and support.

I want to take a few minutes to share my vision for the coming year. But first I want to give a hearty thanks to Judges Lisa Walsh and Myriam Lehr, our Conference Co-Chairs and their entire Conference Planning Committee, the Friends Committee, and all who were involved with planning and executing such a spectacular annual meeting for us. Lisa, I remember back when you were a new District Director and I was VP for Districts, and you suggested a District Conference in Miami, and I said, how about making it an annual? And you did it!! What a wonderful conference you have pulled together, just over the top. And you are still smiling! Would the Miami conference planners all please stand. Let's give another round of applause for our super hero hosts in Miami.

This has been a wonderful year for NAWJ. I thank my predecessor Judge Amy Nechtem for positioning NAWJ in such a good place for launching the next year. The past presidents of NAWJ are all amazing women. I follow in your footsteps in awe.

NAWJ is such a special organization. I feel very passionate about it. NAWJ stands as a conscience and a challenge for something enduring: the importance of judicial diversity, inclusiveness and equal access to Justice for All. Sometimes the question is asked