NAWJ Monthly Update May 2013

Written by National Association of Women Judges|May 01, 2013|Monthly Update Archive

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May 2013
In This Issue:

Below is my introduction to the President's 2013 Midyear Report. Click here to access the full report.


The first half of my term has been chock full for NAWJ and for your President. One of my first responsibilities was to appoint the Committee Chairs and members of the Committees. They are all now in place. Our Districts and Committees are humming with activity. The number of programs - and they are top-notch programs - being planned around the country is higher than ever. We have a new exciting project underway to educate voters on Judicial Elections. We have taken positions on pending legislative matters: from judicial appointments and reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act, at the Federal level, to a Maryland bill calling for restrictions on the shackling of pregnant inmates. We have prepared a proposal offering to host the 2016 IAWJ Biennial, which is awaiting consideration by the IAWJ Board of Directors. We are engaged in collaborative relationships with multiple organizations. NAWJ representatives have attended or are committed to attend meetings of numerous partner organizations. On the membership front, we have enthusiastic efforts underway to attract more male judges and more Tribal judges. Your President is engaged in an ambitious schedule of travel in order to attend events throughout the Districts, in different parts of the country. We have distributed and are working on a variety of publications including monthly email updates, Counterbalance, the 2013 Membership Directory, and an updated Board Member Manual.

We gather to meet in beautiful Washington, D.C. for what promises to be a spectacular Midyear Leadership Conference. Registration for the Midyear, which is open to all our members, has been so high that we find we are at capacity for our events.

It is an honor, a privilege and a pleasure to serve as President of an organization with such a high level of enthusiasm by the members. The involvement of all of you on the Board has been fantastic. Thank you for your support of the organization. We all owe tremendous thanks to our incredibly dedicated staff, Executive Director Marie Komisar, Director of Finance and Administration Craig Evans, Senior Program and Publications Manager Lavinia Cousin, and Conference Manager Mary-Kathleen Todd. I had the good fortune to take the helm of NAWJ following the outstanding year of our Immediate Past President, Judge Amy Nechtem, who left NAWJ in a strong position. Building on that strength, we have gone forward to adopt numerous new initiatives.



The full report, which can be accessed here contains an extensive list of:
  • New Initiatives
  • Travel/President's Representation of NAWJ
  • Collaborative Relationships
  • President's Involvement in Committees & District Activities
  • Upcoming Annual Conferences
  • Fundraising
  • Midyear Planning and Thanks, and more Thanks.

And an APPENDIX which includes copies of:

As of April 29, 2013

May 2-4, 2013

Capitol Hill, Washington, D.C.

Conference Hotel

Washington Court Hotel
525 New Jersey Avenue NW
Washington DC 20001


Registration Desk
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Location: Executive Suite, Lower Lobby Level, Washington Court Hotel

11am: Bus departs from Hotel entrance.

NAWJ Annual Meeting with Congressional Caucus for Women's Issues
Time: 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Location: Rayburn House Office Building, Room B338/B339

Judge Joan V. Churchill, NAWJ President, Immigration Court, ret.

Opening Remarks
Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, Former Lt. Governor of Maryland
Maryland's Role in the Genesis of the Annual Joint NAWJ/Women Legislators Meetings

Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (District of Columbia)

Keynote Speaker
Laurel Bellows, President of the American Bar Association
Introduced by
Justice Fernande R.V. Duffly, Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, NAWJ Past President

Featured Speaker
Hilary Tompkins, Solicitor, U.S. Department of the Interior
New VAWA Provisions Regarding Jurisdiction of Tribal Courts and Special Vulnerability of Native Americans to Becoming Victims of Human Trafficking
Introduced by
Judge Arline Pacht
National Labor Relations Board, ret.
Founder and 1st President of International Association of Women Judges

Featured Speaker
Margaret Whitney, Senior Counsel, U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee, Majority's Office
Status of Federal Judicial Appointments and Court Funding

1:45 p.m.: Buses will depart to return attendees to the hotel


Free time on your own. See suggested optional tours below.

Holocaust Museum:
The NAWJ office has tickets available which can be used anytime during the conference.

2:30pm to 3:30pm: Supreme Court Tour: There are spaces available on the Thursday afternoon tour.

Contact the NAWJ office for either of the above. 202-393-0222: or

Tours managed and operated separately from NAWJ by an Independent Tour Company

Botanical Beauty of the National Mall
A custom walking tour of the U.S. Botanic Garden, Bartholdi Park, Smithsonian Castle gardens, and the National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden.

The First Ladies of Washington
A guided tour through the First Ladies exhibit of the National Museum of American History.

To: read the full descriptions, see fees, and register, go to
For questions about the tours contact Lauren Conover at District Experience. 202-624-1794 or


NAWJ Administrative Judiciary Committee Meeting
Time: 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the office of Judge Peg Mangan, D.C. Office of Administrative Hearings, One Judiciary Square, 441 4th Street, NW, Washington, D.C.

NAWJ Committee Chairs Meeting
Time: 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., at the office of Judge Peg Mangan, D.C. Office of Administrative Hearings, One Judiciary Square, 441 4th Street, NW, Washington, D.C.

NAWJ Resource Board Meeting
Time: 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Location: Law Offices of Fulbright & Jaworski, L.L.P., Market Square, 801 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, between 8th and 9th streets.

Buses will depart from hotel entrance at 4:45 p.m.

Joint Program with the Shakespeare Theater [STC] Bard Association on Henry V and Rights of Women to Confer Benefits On Men
Time: 5:15 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Location: Arleigh and Roberta Burke Theater in the Naval Heritage Center By the Naval Memorial Plaza
701 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20004

Judge Joan Churchill, NAWJ President, on behalf of NAWJ
Abbe Lowell, Esq., Chadbourne & Parke, on behalf of the STC Bard Association

Review of the History of Salic Law Drew Lichtenberg - Literary Associate at STC
Reading from Shakespeare's Henry V, Act I, Scene 2
Drew Lichtenburg - Reading the part of Henry V
David Dorsen, Esq. - Reading the part of the Archbishop of Canterbury

Modern Times
Judge Micki Aronson, Administrative Appeals Social Security Administration, Ret.
Lauren Best Leeker, Administrative Counsel to the Executive Committee, Fulbright & Jaworski, Col. U.S. Army, Ret.
Judge Coral Pietsch, U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims, Brigadier General, U.S. Army, Ret.
Special Master Denise Vowell, U.S. Court of Federal Claims, Chief Trial Judge, U.S. Army, Ret.

Welcome Reception at Law Offices of Fulbright & Jaworski, L.L.P.
Time: 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Location: Market Square, 801 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W, between 8th and 9th streets.

Greetings: Steve Knapp, Esq., on behalf of Fulbright & Jaworski, LLP

Buses will return attendees to the Washington Court Hotel at 8:00 p.m.


New Judges/New Members/First Time Attendees (a 'no host' gathering) - All Welcome
Time: 9:30 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
Location: Lobby Bar, Washington Court Hotel

FRIDAY, MAY 3, 2013

Registration Desk
Time: 7:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Location: Executive Suite Foyer, Lower Lobby, Washington Court Hotel

Continental Breakfast
Time: 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.
Location: Executive Suite Foyer
District Directors Breakfast
Time: 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.
Location: Private Room at 525 Bistro

2013 NAWJ Board of Directors Meeting & Lunch
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Location: Washington Court Hotel


Free time on your own. See suggested optional tours below.

Holocaust Museum:
The NAWJ office has tickets available which can be used anytime during the conference.
Contact the NAWJ office for a ticket. 202-393-0222: or

Tours managed and operated separately from NAWJ by an Independent Tour Company

Women and Espionage on the Hill
Walking tour of Capitol Hill led by an expert guide on Women in Politics and Espionage.

An Epicurean Escapade through Penn Quarter
Guided culinary and Historical Walking Tour through Washington, D.C.'s Penn Quarter Neighborhood, to include a multi-course progressive meal held at critically-acclaimed local restaurants.

To: read the full descriptions, see fees, and register, go to
For questions about the tours contact Lauren Conover at District Experience. 202-624-1794 or



1:30 pm: Buses will depart for the U.S. Supreme Court from the Washington Court Hotel entrance.

Tours of the United States Supreme Court
Time: 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Location: 1 First Street, NE.

Review of Recent Supreme Court Immigration Cases
Time: 3:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Location: U.S. Supreme Court

Honorable Charles Adkins-Blanche, Vice Chair, Board of Immigration Appeals
Judge Paul Schmidt, Immigration Court, Arlington, VA

Examining Judicial Independence In Administering the Law:
Administrative Judges, Specialized or "Adjunct" Judges, and Judges of More General Jurisdiction in the State and Federal Systems

Time: 4:00 p.m. to 5:45 p.m.
Location: U.S. Supreme Court

Professor Vicki Jackson, Thurgood Marshall Professor of Constitutional Law, Harvard Law School

Administrative Law Judge/Hearing Officer Ann Breen-Greco, Illinois State Board of Education
Judge Dana Marks, Immigration Court, San Francisco, CA
Judge Pauline Newman, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
Judge Michael Ponsor, U.S. District Court , District of Massachusetts
Chief Judge Eric Washington, District of Columbia Court of Appeals

Reception at the Supreme Court
Time: 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Location: U.S. Supreme Court

Greetings from Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

7:30 p.m.: Buses will begin loading for return trip to the Washington Court Hotel.


Continental Breakfast
Time: 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.
Location: Executive Suite Foyer, Washington Court Hotel


Preventing Human Trafficking: What Judges Can Do
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Location: Washington Court Hotel

Opening Remarks
9:00 a.m. to 9:05 a.m.
Judge Joan V. Churchill, President, National Association of Women Judges

Why Human Trafficking is Important for Pfizer, Inc.
9:05 a.m. to 9:10 a.m.
Ellen J. Rosenthal, Vice President and Assistant General Counsel. Pfizer Legal Alliance

Overview of Training Objectives for the Day
9:10 a.m. to 9:20 a.m.
Judge Elizabeth Lee, San Mateo County Superior Court

A Global Perspective on Human Trafficking as the Fastest Growing Organized Crime
9:20 a.m. to 10:10 a.m.
Professor Louise Shelley, Director of the Terrorism, Transnational Crime and Corruption Center, George Mason University

What Humanity United is Doing at Home and Abroad to Combat Human Trafficking
10:10 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Catherine Chen, Director of Investments, Humanity United

Break: 10:30 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.

The Psychology of Offenders and Victims-Mock Examination of a Medical Expert Witness
10:45 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Judge Virginia Kendall, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
Dr. Jose Hidalgo, Massachusetts General Hospital

Time: 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Location: Springwood Room
Speaker: Agnieszka Fryszman, Esq, Cohen Milsten
How Human Trafficking Cases Overseas Are Making Their Way into U.S. Courts

Afternoon Introductory remarks
Jonathan Mattiello, Executive Director, State Justice Institute

Litigating Cases
1:00 p.m. to 1:45 p.m.
Agnieszka Fryszman, Esq, Cohen Milsten
Karima Maloney, Deputy Chief, Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division
Martina E. Vandenberg, Founder and President, The Human Trafficking Pro Bono Legal Center


The Role of the Judge
1:45 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.

John Martin, Director, Center for Public Policy Studies
Judge Elizabeth Lee, San Mateo County Superior Court
Honorable Alice Hill, Senior Counselor to the Secretary, U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Judge Dana Marks, Immigration Court, San Francisco, CA


Emerging Best Practices in Federal and State Courts, Bench Cards and Protocols
2:45 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Participants: All Attendees
Facilitator: Steven Weller, Senior Consultant, Center for Public Policy Studies


Preview of Human Trafficking Program
at NAWJ 2013 Annual Conference in New Orleans

3:30 p.m. to 3:40 p.m.
Judge Joy Cossich Lobrano, Fourth Circuit Court of Appeal, Louisiana


Farewell - Judge Joan Churchill, NAWJ President
3:40 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.

Light Refreshments and Informal Discussion
3:45 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Vice President of Publications Judge Tanya R. Kennedy
Calls for Submissions for the Next Issue of Counterbalance

Issue Theme: Celebrating the History of Women in the Law
Deadline: Today, May 1, 2013

Last Call. The deadline for submitting information for the next issue of Counterbalance is MAY 1, 2013. Look for the spring issue in June 2013 after May's Midyear in Washington, D.C. Those interested in submitting material should do so by emailing all text and picture files to Lavinia Cousin at
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority,
and the March on Washington Commemorating
the Women's Suffrage Movement

Thanks to New Jersey Superior Court Judge Susan Fowler Maven, and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority member, for sharing and clarifying details of the commemorative march in recognition of the women's suffrage movement in March of this year.

From Judge Maven: The Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. was founded at Howard University on January 13, 1913, and is celebrating 100 years of service this year culminating with its National Convention in Washington, D.C. this July 2013. Delta Sigma Theta's participation in the march in March was to commemorate the first public act performed by our Founders in March 1913, when they walked boldly and proudly with others in support of women. As a public service organization, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority is committed to addressing national and international issues, particularly those impacting women and children. Thank you for recognizing the sorority, which has many judges in our membership.

From C-SPAN: On March 3, 1913 - the day before President Woodrow Wilson's inauguration - over 5000 women paraded down Pennsylvania Avenue towards the White House in a demonstration for the right to vote. In March, 2013 C-SPAN's American History TV attended a centennial celebration of the event and interviewed organizers, participants, and historians about the women's suffrage movement. The anniversary event was organized by Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, whose original 22 founders marched in the parade.

Click here to view C-SPAN's American History TV American Artifacts: Women's Suffrage Parade Centennial which aired March 24, 2013. It features interviews of national leadership, Centennial Celebration organizers and march participants. It captures the activities of approximately 25,000 members of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, national women's organizations and others.

October 9-13, 2013
The Ritz-Carlton
New Orleans, Louisiana

Register online here, or download and fax this registration form.
Conference registration fees:
$595 for NAWJ members ($550 before May 6)
$525 for members who are first-time attendees
$625 for non-members

Room Reservations: (504) 524-1331 or (800) 542-8680
NAWJ Rate: $245/night, plus applicable taxes, single or double occupancy

Judge Mary Hotard Becnel • Chief Justice Bernette Joshua Johnson

Education Co-Chairs
Judicial: Judge Phyllis Keaty, Third Circuit Court of Appeal, Louisiana
Judge Laurie White, Orleans Parish Criminal District Court
Academic: Professor Kathryn Venturatos Lorio, Loyola University New Orleans College of Law
Professor Sally J. Kenney, Executive Director, Newcomb College Institute

Social Events Co-Chairs
Judge Rosemary Ledet, Fourth Circuit Court of Appeal, Louisiana
Judge Laurie White, Orleans Parish Criminal District Court, Louisiana

Finance Chair
Judge Joy Cossich Lobrano, Fourth Circuit Court of Appeal, Louisiana

Volunteers Co-Chairs
Judge Ethel Simms Julien, Orleans Parish Civil District Court, Louisiana
Judge Bernadette G. D'Souza, Orleans Parish Civil District Court (Family) Louisiana

Registration Co-Chairs
Judge June Berry Darensburg, 24th Judicial District Court, Louisiana
Judge Tiffany Chase, Orleans Parish Civil District Court, Louisiana

Kim M. Boyle, Esq., Phelps Dunbar LLP
Matthew Moreland, Esq., Becnel Law Firm LLC
Kara Hadican Samuels, Esq., Sangisetty


The impact of immigration issues pervading all aspects of state and federal courts.

Innovations in sentencing that reduce recidivism and costs, such as alternative sentencing, re-entry programs, diversionary programs, and featuring the NAWJ Women in Prison Project.

How science, technology and nontraditional unions raise new legal issues in the areas of reproduction and custody.

An examination of the role of gender in the judicial selection process, state judicial races, and the treatment of women judges; judicial history of women judges.

The recognition and impact of this international issue in our federal and state courts.

Discussion of conflicts between the roles of the judge and the public servant; judicial outreach initiatives, and public service opportunities post-retirement.

Examination of progress made regarding sexual assault cases and a discussion of the need for Veterans specialty courts.

Zhejiang University's LLP Program in Chinese Law

NAWJ Judicial Exchanges and Visits Subcommittee Chair Judge Sue Yang recently visited Zhejiang University's Law School in Hangzhou, China. They will be sending a delegation to visit law schools in the United States in May in an effort to establish student exchanges. Zhejiang University's Law School faculty member Professor Jun Zhao, who received a JD from Cornell, and LLM from Harvard has started a LLM program in Chinese Law for international students to be taught in English at Zhejiang University's Law School in Hangzhou, China. Click here to read the program information brochure.

Maryland Legislature Passes Anti-Shackling Legislation

Maryland Bill HB 829 to restrict shackling of pregnant women & girls in detention, for which NAWJ issued a Position Statement in support, passed the Maryland House and Senate and is awaiting signature by Governor Martin O'Malley. Click here to read the full text of the bill.
Jenny R. Yang Confirmed to the EEOC

On April 25, 2013 NAWJ member Jenny R. Yang was confirmed to be a Member of the Equal Opportunity Commission for a term expiring July 1, 2017 by unanimous consent of the Senate.

On August 2, President Barack Obama nominated attorney Jenny R. Yang to serve as a Commissioner on the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). She fills the seat vacated by former Commissioner Stuart J. Ishimaru, who moved to head the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's (CFPB) Office of Minority and Women Inclusion (OMWI), and will serve on the EEOC through July 1, 2017.

Jenny Yang is the daughter of Projects Chair Hon. Sue Pai Yang.
IAWJ Regional Conference Asia/Pacific Region will take place May 9-12, 2013 in Auckland, New Zealand. Click here to reach IAWJ's webpage of information.

White & Case LLP and NAWJ will present Color of Justice for Washington Middle School for Girls on May 22 in the firm's Washington, D.C. offices. Contact Lavinia at for more information.

NAWJ Districts 3, 4 and its Maryland Chapter will join for a Beach Brunch on Sunday July 14, 2013 in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. Contact District 3 Director Judge Sheila Woods-Skipper at for more information.

NAWJ 35th Annual Conference will take place October 9-13, 2013 at The Ritz Carlton in New Orleans, Louisiana.

The International Association of Women Judges Bi-Annual Conference will take place May 6-9, 2014 in 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.

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