In This Issue:
Reserve Room and Register for NAWJ's 2014 Midyear Meeting and Leadership Conference in Washington, D.C.
from March 13-15, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to Speak
Visit NAWJ's Informed Voters Fair Judges Project New Website, View 'Fair and Free' Video Featuring
Justice Sandra Day O'Connor
Conference of Chief Justices Adopts Resolution in Support of Informed Voters Fair Judges
Former Iowa Supreme Court Justice Marsha Ternus Speaks on Special Interests, Politics on the Bench
Judgepedia Charts Judicial Selection Across the States
NAWJ Announces Judges Jane Spencer Craney and Carolyn Engel Temin as Co-Chairs for the
IAWJ 2016 Biennial Conference in Washington, D.C.
Recognizing Hon. Karen J. Williams
SAVE THE DATE: October 15-19, 2014 for NAWJ's Annual Conference in San Diego, Register Early and Save,
Book Now and Ensure Hotel Reservation
Color of Justice Program Creator NAWJ Past President Brenda Stith Loftin Reaches Middle School Girls in St. Louis
POLITICO: 'President Obama Seeks to Leave Mark on Bench'
Deadline for Submissions for Next Issue of Counterbalance is March 10, 2014
Thank You, Members, for Your Continuing Support
National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges to Host Family Law Institute, March 2-5, 2014 in Monterey, CA
MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT
Greetings NAWJ Members and Friends!
February has traditionally been a month in which our country focuses on the contributions and achievements of African-Americans.
In that vein, I would like to take this opportunity to pay tribute to and mark the passing of Judge Julia Cooper Mack on
January 17, 2014 at the age of 93. Judge Mack had been a former colleague on the District of Columbia Court of Appeals.
She was the first African-American woman appointed to the highest court of any of the 50 states or the District of Columbia,
our District of Columbia Court of Appeals. Judge Mack was appointed by President Gerald Ford in 1975. She was appointed after
a distinguished career as an attorney with the Justice Department and then the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Judge
Mack was incisive and eloquent in the opinions of the court which she authored. She was a forceful dissenter in many of the
court's opinions, but was beloved by her colleagues for her graciousness, generosity, and her warm and collegial manner. I
am honored to have known Judge Mack and to serve on the court on which she served.
NAWJ Mid-Year Meeting and Leadership Conference - The NAWJ Midyear Leadership Conference is fast
approaching and will be held from March 13-15, 2014 at the Westin Georgetown in Washington, DC. The theme for the
conference is "Ensuring Access to Justice for All" and the conference features some exciting and informative programs
on human trafficking, federal regulatory issues, the Affordable Care Act, as well as special events including a
reception at the Supreme Court hosted by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and a meeting and luncheon on Capitol Hill.
Please register now! Download the brochure
Conference of Chief Justices Adopts Resolution in support of NAWJ's Informed Voters Fair Judges Project -
The Conference of Chief Justices adopted a
resolution supporting NAWJ's Informed Voters Fair Judges Project! I appreciate the tremendous support and help of NAWJ
Past President Chief Justice Dana Fabe of Alaska, and Chief Justice Barbara Madsen of Washington state. Our presentation
at the Midyear Meeting of the Conference of Chief Justices included a showing of the full length version of "Fair and Free",
the Project's film featuring Justice Sandra Day O'Connor. Again, I commend Justice Joan Irion, the creator of the Informed
Voters Fair Judges Project, for the broad and enthusiastic support and collaboration she and Project have garnered.
My sincerest thanks and appreciation to Chief Justice Fabe and Chief Justice Madsen for their leadership and support in
getting consideration of the
resolution at the Task Force Meeting. I also wish to thank Justice Peggy Quince, Supreme
Court of Florida, for assistance in working with the National Center for State Courts (NCSC) to include the "Fair and Free"
video as a link on the NCSC website.
Biennial Co-Chairs Selected - After thoughtful review of the extraordinary applicants, the 2016 IAWJ
Biennial Selection Committee is pleased and proud to announce the appointment of Judge Jane Spencer Craney, Morgan
Superior Court (Indiana) and Judge Carolyn Engel Temin, Senior Judge (Retired) of the Court of Common Pleas (Pennsylvania)
as NAWJ's co-chairs for the 2016 Biennial International Association of Women Judges Conference which will be held in
Washington, DC. We want to extend our sincere appreciation to those of you who have expressed interest in working to
ensure that this conference is a huge success, and as such, our co-chairs will be looking to recruit you soon! Jane and
Carolyn bring a wealth of experience, a dedication and commitment to NAWJ and IAWJ, local and regional planning experience,
international engagement, and a demonstrated zeal and passion for excellence to the development and the presentation of
the 2016 U.S.A Biennial IAWJ Conference. Together with the planning expertise of NAWJ staff, with its Executive Director
Marie Komisar's savvy guidance, our "on the ground", day-to-day local efforts will be expertly monitored. Click
here to read full announcement.
ABA Mid-Year Meeting - I will attend the ABA Midyear Meeting in Chicago, along with President-Elect,
Judge Julie Frantz, to serve on a Judicial Clerkship panel designed to educate minority and women law students about
clerkships. NAWJ will be represented by our ABA Delegate Judge Norma Shapiro; Judge Toni Clarke, Chair of the ABA
Conference of Trial Judges; Judge Ann Breen-Grecco; and other NAWJ members who are actively involved in the ABA.
Judge Anna Blackburne-Rigsby
National Association of Women Judges
2014 Midyear Meeting and Leadership Conference
March 13-15, 2014
* This schedule is subject to change.
or download and complete the registration form
Conference registration fees:
$425 for NAWJ Members ($375 before February 13)
$525 for Non-Members Judges ($475 before February 13)
$325 Guest Rate (Guests are spouses and children of conference attendees.)
Room Reservations: Click
or call (202) 429-0100.
$199/night, plus applicable taxes, single or double occupancy, available until February 24, 2014
* The NAWJ block usually sells out. Reserve today to ensure a place at the Westin.
Hon. Anna Blackburne-Rigsby
HOST COMMITTEE CHAIRS:
Barbara L. Johnson, Esq.
, Partner, Paul Hastings LLC
Beverly L. Perry, Esq. Pepco Holdings, Inc (Retired)
Grace E. Speights, Esq.
, Managing Partner, Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP
THURSDAY, MARCH 13*
Congressional Women's Caucus Luncheon Meeting on Capitol Hill
Celinda Lake, President, Lake Research Partners
Martha Bergmark, Executive Director, Legal Civil Aid Hub
Private Lecture and Tour of the Archives Exhibit "Record of Rights"
Exhibit Reviews: Click
here for Washington Post,
here for New York Times
Reception at Venable, LLP
FRIDAY, MARCH 14*
Plenary on Federal Regulatory Issues
Mignon Clyburn, Acting Chairwoman,
Federal Communications Commission
Patrice Ficklin, Assistant Director, Office of Fair Lending and Equal Opportunity,
Consumer Finance and Protection Bureau
Chairman, Arkansas Public Services Commission; President, National
Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners
Plenary on the Affordable Care Act
Kim Horn, President, Kaiser Foundation
Health Plan of the Mid-Atlantic States, Inc.
Dora Hughes, Esq., Senior Policy Advisor, Sidley Austin LLP
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, Department of Justice
THE U.S. SUPREME COURT
Private Lecture at the U.S. Supreme Court
(Supreme Court) A Theatrical Reading of Janet
Langhart-Cohen's play "Anne & Emmett"
The play is based on the story of Anne Frank, a young Jewish girl, who was a victim of the
Holocaust, and Emmett Till, a young African-American boy murdered in the American South
during segregation and the "Jim Crow" era.
(Supreme Court) Implicit Bias and Access to Justice Issues
Following the play, there will be a panel discussion with the author and several experts on the
topic of Implicit Bias and Access to Justice.
President, Langhart Communications, Inc.
Dr. Rohini Anand, Senior Vice President and Global Chief Diversity Officer, Sodexo
Dr. William Meinecke, Historian, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
Reception at the Supreme Court Hosted by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg
SATURDAY, MARCH 15*
|8:30 AM-12:00 PM
ACCESS TO JUSTICE FOR LABOR TRAFFICKING VICTIMS
Opening Remarks: Hon. Anna Blackburne-Rigsby, NAWJ President
Hon. Elizabeth Lee, Chair of the NAWJ Subcommittee on Human Trafficking
Profile of Types and Dynamics of Labor Trafficking
John Martin, Director, Human Trafficking and the State Courts Collaborative
Scott Santoro, U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Access to Justice Challenges and Forums for Addressing Labor Trafficking
Anne Breen-Greco, ABA Taskforce on Human Trafficking
Hon. Virginia Kendall, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
Martina Vandenburg, The Human Trafficking Pro Bono Legal Center
Tools for Addressing Labor Trafficking
Professor Chris Johnson, ABA Business Law Section, Taskforce on Human Trafficking
Hon. Virginia Kendall, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
Hon. Arline Pacht, NAWJ Subcommittee on Human Trafficking
Martina Vandenburg, The Human Trafficking Pro Bono Legal Center
Hon. Joan Churchill, Immediate Past-President, NAWJ
NAWJ Board of Directors Meeting
Informed Voters - Fair Judges
Project Launches Website, Facebook and Twitter
Dedicated to Educating Voters
(Click here to reach site.)
The Project's website is now up and running. Please visit
http://ivp.nawj.org/ and view "Fair and Free,"
a video highlighting the Project's goals and featuring former U.S. Supreme Court Justice
Sandra Day O'Connor. The video is introduced by NAWJ President Judge Anna Blackburne-Rigsby.
The website provides general information about the project, upcoming events, Project donors and
sponsors, contact information for visitors with questions, and links to resources for those
implementing the Project. Consistent with the Project's objectives, the website provides
educational materials for voters wishing to learn more about how to evaluate judges seeking
retention or election. NAWJ and the Project do not, however, advocate for or against any
particular candidate and will not comment on any particular election campaign. Follow the
Project on Facebook and
Conference of Chief Justices Adopts Resolution in Support
of Informed Voters Fair Judges
On January 29, 2014 during at its Midyear Meeting in Sea Island, Georgia, the Conference of Chief Justices
adopted a resolution in support of NAWJ's Informed Judges Fair Judges Project. The text of the resolution is below.
In Support of the National Association of Women Judges' Informed Voters Fair Judges Project
WHEREAS, state judicial branches rely greatly upon the trust of the American public in performing their role in
the American constitutional system of government; and
WHEREAS, maintaining that trust requires that judges reach their decisions based on the law and the facts in a
case, without influence from political party agendas, economic or social interest groups, or public opinion; and
WHEREAS, the citizens of 39 states elect some or all of their judges either through contested or retention elections; and
WHEREAS, voters can ensure that fair and impartial courts and equal justice for all are maintained by exercising an
informed vote for judges at the ballot box; and
WHEREAS, informed voters should be aware of the differences between judges and other elected officials, the unique
role of judges in resolving disputes, and the reasons courts should be free from political influences; and
WHEREAS, voters casting a ballot for judges rarely have available relevant, accurate, and easy to access information
on individual candidates or on the role of the judiciary that would help voters understand qualities required of a
good judge; and
WHEREAS, the source of information about judicial candidates increasingly comes from television and other advertisements,
often negative in nature, and sometimes sponsored by groups with an interest in the outcome of specific
categories of cases; and
WHEREAS, the proliferation of costly, negative, and often misleading advertising threatens to erode the differences
between the judiciary and holders of legislative or executive office; and
WHEREAS, the National Association of Women Judges (NAWJ) has embarked upon an ambitious effort designed to "highlight
the role of courts in American society with the goal of helping voters understand their role in ensuring fairness
and justice for all who enter the legal system;" and
WHEREAS, NAWJ's Informed Voters Project is currently being implemented in eight states in partnership with many of
the nation's leading organizations;
NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Conference of Justices expresses its support for the objectives and
educational materials prepared by the NAWJ Informed Voter Project and encourages state supreme courts, judicial
associations, and all groups dedicated to a fair and impartial judiciary to actively participate in building public
awareness of the Informed Voters Project.
National Law Journal Features Op-Ed on Special Interests
by Former Iowa Supreme Court Justice Marsha Ternus
Politics on the Bench - a Judge's View of Partisanship at Play
Click here to read the rest.
As more state courts across the United States render difficult decisions about same-sex marriage, the
political firestorm that engulfed the Iowa Supreme Court three years ago over its marriage ruling is
receding in public memory.
The Iowa episode has currency today, however, especially given soaring special-interest spending in judicial
elections that threatens to turn judges into politicians-in-robes. My experience at the center of the
Iowa storm, meanwhile, has only strengthened my own belief in the importance of keeping politics out of the courtroom.
In 2010, Iowa voters removed two colleagues and me from the court in a retention (yes-or-no) election. Well-funded
out-of-state groups and other critics fueled the ouster drive, decrying a unanimous 2009 court ruling. That
decision held an Iowa statute denying civil marriage - and the benefits flowing from that status - to same-sex
couples violated their right to equal protection under the Iowa Constitution. Following the ruling, the
members of the court were attacked as activist judges and members of a ruling class.
Public debate about the merits of court decisions is a healthy aspect of a democratic society, yet the
unprecedented Iowa ouster campaign delivered a message of intimidation and retaliation. That message is utterly
inconsistent with the concept of a judiciary charged with the responsibility to uphold the constitutional rights
of all citizens, not just the constitutional rights of the majority.
Unfortunately, this effort to politicize impartial courts is not receding. A report just released by two
nonpartisan groups, Justice at Stake and the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University, finds that
in the 2011-2012 judicial election cycle nationwide, TV advertising rose to a record $33.7 million, and
special-interest groups and political parties spent a record $24.7 million toward this advertising and
other election materials.
Judgepedia Charts Judicial Selection in the States
Judgepedia, a project of the Lucy Burns Institute,
has smartly compiled methods of judicial selection for each state, and court levels within the state.
For all those following the work of Informed Voters Fair Judges, click
here for charts
of Judgepedia's research.
Judge Jane Spencer Craney and Senior Judge Carolyn Engel Temin
Named Co-Chairs for IAWJ's 2016 Biennial Conference
in Washington, D.C, May 26-29, 2016.
NAWJ is honored to host the 2016 IAWJ Biennial Conference in Washington, D.C, May 26-29, 2016.
After thoughtful review of the extraordinary applicants, the 2016 IAWJ Biennial Selection Committee
is pleased and proud to announce the appointment of Judge Jane Spencer Craney, Morgan Superior Court,
Indiana, and Judge Carolyn Engel Temin, Senior Judge (Retired) of the Court of Common Pleas, Pennsylvania
as Co-Chairs. We extend our appreciation to those of you who expressed interest in working to ensure
that the conference will be a huge success, and as such, our Co-Chairs will be looking to recruit you soon!
The committee carefully considered each applicant in light of guidelines announced by the NAWJ
President and the Biennial Committee:
*Demonstrated involvement in NAWJ and/or IAWJ;
*Experience organizing NAWJ, IAWJ or other national, regional or state conference(s);
*Excellent interpersonal skills;
*Willingness to make a significant time commitment; and
With respect to establishing leadership in the Washington, D.C. area, it was concluded that NAWJ staff,
under the guidance of Executive Director Marie Komisar, with her usual tireless devotion to detail
focused on the best interests of NAWJ and its staff, will oversee all aspects of planning from our
Washington, D.C. office. We greatly appreciate Marie's willingness and desire to do so. Her excellent
working relationship and open communication with IAWJ Executive Director Joan Winship will serve us well.
Additionally, it was decided, with much enthusiasm and excitement, to invite United States Supreme Court
Justices Ginsburg, Sotomayor, Kagan and Retired Justice O'Connor, all devoted NAWJ members, to join
us as Honorary Chairs. We will be extending formal invitations to the Justices.
Jane and Carolyn bring a wealth of experience, a dedication and commitment to NAWJ and IAWJ, local and
regional planning experience, international engagement, and a demonstrated zeal and passion for excellence
to the development and the presentation of the 2016 U.S.A Biennial IAWJ Conference. Together with planning
experience of the NAWJ staff in Washington, D.C., our "on the ground" day-to-day local efforts will be
The 2016 Biennial Co-Chairs Selection Committee shall continue on as an Advisory Council to the Co-Chairs,
along with NAWJ President Judge Anna Blackburne-Rigsby and President-Elect Judge Julie E. Frantz, as
this planning effort moves forward through the May, 2016 Biennial Conference. The members of this Advisory
Council are Judge Gladys Kessler, Judge Amy Nechtem, and Justice Ann Walsh Bradley.
We are thankful and fortunate to have the leadership of Judges Jane Spencer Craney and Carolyn Engel Temin,
and the dedicated and experienced NAWJ staff, to lead the planning efforts of this very exciting conference.
Judge Craney and Judge Temin encourage and welcome assistance and support from NAWJ members across the
country to make this conference a success!
NAWJ President Hon. Anna Blackburne-RigsbyNAWJ President-Elect Hon. Julie E. Frantz
2016 Biennial Co-Chairs Selection Committee Members:
Judge Anna Blackburne-Rigsby
Judge Julie E. Frantz
Judge Gladys Kessler
Judge Amy Nechtem
Justice Ann Walsh Bradley
NAWJ Executive Director Marie Komisar (in consultation)
Recognizing the Passing of the Hon. Karen J. Williams
First Woman Chief Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals' Fourth Circuit
The Hon. Karen J. Williams died on November 2, 2013 at her home in Orangeburg, South Carolina.
She was 62. The first woman to serve on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, Judge
Williams was also its first woman Chief Judge. Click
here for the Court's announcement of her death, and to view her portrait which
hangs in the courthouse and was dedicated in December, 2009 in a ceremony attended by more than
40 of her former law clerks.
Upon receiving a diagnosis of Alzheimer's, Judge Williams resigned from the Court in 2009. At that
time, her daughter stated that Judge Williams wants to be remembered for "treating the litigants fairly
and always applying the law." An additional account from the
Wall Street Journal may be read
Judge Williams was mentioned among the possible candidates for a Supreme Court nomination during the
George W. Bush administration.
In 2009, NAWJ's District 4 presented Judge Williams with a Lady Justice Award, in recognition of her
outstanding achievements. She had been an NAWJ member since 1995.
NAWJ 36th Annual Conference
Protecting and Advancing Meaningful Access to Justice
October 15-19, 2014 • San Diego, CA
The Westin Gaslamp Quarter
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, Keynote Speaker at NAWJ's Gala Banquet Saturday, October 18,
will also participate in Sunday' Farewell Brunch panel Sunday, October 19.
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor
(She will speak during Saturday night's Banquet Gala and Sunday's Farewell Brunch panel.)
Wednesday Morning Optional Tours:
From 10:30 am to 1:30 pm, conference attendees may take advantage of an opportunity to tour either the International Border
or the Unaccompanied Immigrant Minors Camp.
here, or download and fax
this registration form.
Conference registration fees:
$595 for NAWJ Members ($550 before March 15)
$525 for Members who are First-Time Attendees
$695 for Non-Members Judges
$575 Guest Rate
Room Reservations: Click
or call (619) 239-2200.
$219/night, plus applicable taxes, single or double occupancy
Hon. Tamila E. Ipema • Hon. Margie G. Woods
On Wednesday, October 15th attendees have the option of joining either of the following tours:
1) International Border. From 10:30 am to 1:30 pm
conference attendees may take advantage of an opportunity to tour the international border.
2). Unaccompanied Immigrant Minors Camp. Tentatively
schedule for the same time, conferees may avail themselves of the tour of the unaccompanied immigrant minor children's camp.
Click here to reach the conference webpage.
Judges Tamila E. Ipema and Margie G. Woods of the San Diego County Superior
Court will be your hosts as Conference Co-Chairs. Contact them at
For more information, please contact Mary Kathleen Todd in Washington, D.C. by phone (202) 393-0222 or
'Everybody Can't be Beyonce':
87 Middle School Girls get a Lesson in Life
Color of Justice Joins the Sue Shear Institute for Women in Public Life
On January 31, 2014 NAWJ Past President Hon. Brenda Stith Loftin partnered with the Sue Shear Institute
for Women in Public Life at the University of Missouri-St. Louis to spread the word for a life in the law.
Judge Loftin, who recently retired from the St. Louis County Circuit Court wrote about creating the
Color of Justice program in a previous issue of Counterbalance.
(Click here to read.)
From the University's Blog account:
An aspiring attorney, a chief executive officer, a dentist, a graphic designer,
a teacher, a social worker, a psychology professor and judges - the young girls were interacting with women
who had reached or were well on their way to reaching successful careers. They all had a message on how to
get there, none stronger than Judge Cason from East St. Louis, Ill.
"Everybody can't be Beyonce," Cason said. "So start right now thinking about
what you want to do. You will not be able to do it unless you get an education."
Click here to read the rest.
White House Touts Diversity in Judicial Nominations
Last month, in an extensive look at the diversity of President Barack Obama's judicial nominations,
the Washington, D.C. journal POLITICO published the following comment from NAWJ member Judge M. Margaret McKeown:
Taken together, the diversity effort is critical in creating "basis for public confidence" in the judiciary,
said Federal Judges Association President Margaret McKeown, a sitting appeals court judge in California
appointed by Clinton. "The inevitable question always is, 'Well, do you think it will make a difference in
the outcome of the case?'" McKeown said. "And my response is, in large part, no. It may make a difference
in how one perceives an issue, the experience one brings to the table and the background one brings
to thinking about a question but it doesn't necessarily change the outcome."
to read POLITICO's Edward-Isaac Dovere's January 13, 2014 report online.
Vice President of Publications Justice Ariane Vuono
Calls for Submissions for the Next Issue of Counterbalance
Deadline: March 10, 2014
Counterbalance informs and connects our members around the
country by featuring news and information highlighting NAWJ's educational programs and activities.
Consider sharing news from your District for publication in Counterbalance.
NAWJ will also publish essays and articles of interest which are in accord with our mission.
The deadline for submitting information for the next issue of Counterbalance
is MARCH 10, 2014. Those interested in submitting material should do so by emailing
all text and picture files to Lavinia Cousin at email@example.com.
THANK YOU MEMBERS!
We thank the following NAWJ members who participated in NAWJ's year-end solicitation to support our many important programs.
Hon. Leslie Alden
Hon. Diana Becton
Hon. Anna Blackburne-Rigsby
Dean Frances Bouchoux
Hon. Ann Walsh Bradley
Hon. Bobbe Bridge
Hon. Eileen Burlison
Hon. Judith Chirlin
Hon. Joan Churchill
Hon. Bonita Joyce Dancy
Hon. Fernande Duffly
Hon. Julie Frantz
Hon. Janice Gradwohl
Hon. Mary Ann Grilli
Hon. Teresa Guerrero-Daley
Hon. Sophia Hall
Hon. Marcia Hirsh
Hon. Marcia Holland
Mr. Robert Kaufman
Hon. Tanya Kennedy
Hon. Leila Kern
Hon. Carol King
Hon. Carolyn King
Hon. Joan Dempsey Klein
Hon. Noel Kramer
Hon. Sherrie Krauser
Hon. Cindy Lederman
Hon. Roberta Liebenberg
Hon. Joy Lobrano
Hon. Brenda Stith Loftin
Hon. Cheryl Long
Hon. Sharon B. Majors-Lewis
Hon. Karla Moskowitz
Hon. Linda Strite Murnane
Hon. Amy Nechtem
Hon. Arline Pacht
Hon. Rosalyn Richter
Hon. Vanessa Ruiz
Hon. Mary Schroeder
Hon. Norma Shapiro
Hon. Sheila Sonenshine
Hon. Wenda Travers
Hon. Ariane Vuono
Hon. Denise Vowell
Hon. Lisa Walsh
Hon. Bonnie Wheaton
Hon. Sue Pai Yang
National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges
to host the Family Law Institute for Judges and Lawyers
March 2-5, 2014 in Monterey, California
The National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ) is hosting the
Family Law Institute for Judges and Lawyers
on March 2-5, 2014 in Monterey, California. The Family Law Institute for Judges and Lawyers will
feature wide ranging topics including plenary sessions on the effects of psychotropic medications
in children and adults; e-discovery and ethics; how to stay happy and productive; and the return
of Professor Joe Hoffman, who will once again update attendees on U.S. Supreme Court activity.
The conference will present faculty from organizations such as The National Judicial College,
the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, and the American Academy of Assisted Reproductive
Technology Attorneys, among others. This year, the Military Child Education Coalition, a nonprofit
organization from Ft. Hood, Texas serving military families, will discuss issues of children in
the military. Also of note, will be sessions on child sexual abuse, cyberstalking, interviewing
children, child toxic stress in high-conflict divorce, and parentage in the test tube era. The
topics of marriage and divorce in a post-DOMA world, trauma-informed courts, virtual contact
visitation plans, and judicial health and wellness will also be offered.
For a complete program schedule and to register for the Family Law Institute for Judges and
Lawyers, click here.
NAWJ's 2014 Midyear Meeting and Leadership Conference will be held in Washington, D.C. at
The Westin Georgetown from March 13-15, 2014.
The 2014 International Association of
Women Judges Bi-Annual Conference will take place May 5-9, 2014 in Arusha, Tanzania.
Click here for more conference details.
NAWJ 36th Annual Conference will take place October 15-19, 2014 at
Westin Gaslamp Quarter
in San Diego, California.
NAWJ will hold its 37th Annual Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah from October 8-11, 2015.
The International Association of Women Judges Biennial will be hosted in the United States by the National
Association of Women Judges (NAWJ) in Washington D.C. from May 26-29, 2016.