In commemoration of the Second Continental Congress' adoption of The Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, our nation celebrates Independence Day on the Fourth of July each year. It marks the independence of thirteen American colonies from Great Britain rule and the emergence of thirteen independent sovereign states. The preamble of The Declaration of Independence states:
"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."
This statement establishes an aspirational moral standard for us to attain, as we all work to ensure freedom and equality for every human being. Therefore, in these challenging times, let us remain committed to these ideals, through words and actions, as well as strengthen our resolve to ensure equal access to justice for all.
We are only days away from our 13th Annual Congressional Caucus, "#WETOO IN THE LEGAL WORKPLACE." We will convene with Congresswomen and thought leaders from across the nation to discuss how we can join forces to create healthy work environments which are free of sexual harassment.
I look forward to seeing you there!
Hon. Tanya R. Kennedy
President, National Association of Women Judges
NAWJ RECEIVES $29,000 GRANT FROM
THE STATE JUSTICE INSTITUTE
On June 10, 2018, the Board of Directors of the State Justice Institute (SJI) approved a $29,000.00 grant for NAWJ. This grant will be used in the coming year for Sexual Harassment Educational programming at NAWJ events.
SJI is a long-time partner of educational training at NAWJ's conferences. We are grateful for SJI's continued support and look forward to another year of partnership to continue our efforts in providing relevant, cutting-edge educational training for our members.
JUDGE VANESSA GILMORE AND BUSINESS CONSULTING FIRM OF ALVAREZ AND MARSAL WELCOME NAWJ TO TEXAS FOR UPCOMING 40TH ANNUAL CONFERENCE IN SAN ANTONIO
On June 28, 2018, U.S. District Judge for the Southern District of Texas Honorable Vanessa Gilmore and the business consulting firm of Alvarez and Marsal (A&M) hosted NAWJ in beautiful downtown Houston. The reception was hosted on the 33rd floor of the Bank of America building with a spectacular view overlooking Freedom Park and the impressive skyline.
NAWJ President Hon. Tanya R. Kennedy provided remarks about the history of our illustrious organization, the wealth of our membership, being over 1,000 members strong, and the impressive roster of conference speakers, including Texas Natives Dan Rather and Harriet Miers, the first woman President of the State Bar of Texas. President Kennedy also enlightened the audience about our various initiatives, highlighting the Informed Voters Project, Color of Justice, Program and Women in Prison Committee, to name a few.
New Judges Committee Co-Chair Judge Ronique Bastine Robinson, Municipal Judge for the City of Stafford, Texas spearheaded and organized the reception and A&M Partner Samuel Golden served as the firm's reception host. A&M is a leading global professional services firm that provides advisory, business performance improvement and turnaround management services. Companies, investors and government entities around the world turn to A&M when conventional approaches are not enough to make change and achieve results. With over 3,000 people across four continents, A&M delivers tangible results for corporates, boards, private equity firms, law firms and government agencies facing complex challenges.
The event hosted federal, state and municipal court judges, lawyers from small and large firms, business persons and high-end consultants. The ambiance was energetic, anticipatory and jovial. The Annual Conference was highlighted in a special way and if effort is any measurement of success, the future for our time in Texas looks BRIGHT!
(Pictured (L-R): Judges Teresa Hoang, Ronique Bastine Robinson, Vanessa Gilmore, NAWJ President Tanya R. Kennedy, Denise Palomo, and Frederika Phillips)
(Pictured (L-R): A& M Partners Jerry Dent and Samuel Golden, A & M Marketing Director Candus Hinderer, NAWJ President Hon. Tanya R. Kennedy, A & M Partner Bill Abington, Hon. Vanessa Gilmore, A & M Partner Dean Graves, Hon. Ronique Bastine Robinson)
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
Kimberly Papillon, Esq. is a nationally recognized expert on the subject of decision-making in law, education, business and medicine. She has served as a member of the faculty at the National Judicial College since 2005. She has delivered over 400 lectures nationally and internationally on the implications of neuroscience, psychology and implicit association in the analysis of decision-making. She presents to judges of the High Court of New Zealand, Supreme Court of Victoria, Australia, Caribbean Association of Judicial Officers, U.S. National Council of Chief Judges of the State Courts of Appeal, United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, and numerous other federal courts. She lectured to the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), United States Department of Justice, United States Department of Education, and to judges in over 20 states. Ms. Papillon has a BA degree from U.C. Berkeley and a JD degree from Columbia University School of Law.
(Subject to change)
• New Judges/First-Time Attendee Reception
• International Judges Reception
• Conference Welcome Reception
• Opening Ceremony
• Public Policy's Role in Judging
•Harriet Miers: Access to Justice and the Judiciary
• Dan Rather: Keynote Speaker
• Dark Web and Virtual Currencies
• Ramifications of Lucia v SEC
• NAWJ Informed Voters Program
• Hilarie Bass: ABA President
• Interview with NAWJ Legends
• Reception at The Alamo
• U.S. Supreme Court Update
• Social Media and the Judiciary
• Mental Health
• Race, Gender, Sexuality and the Judiciary
• Dementia in the Courtroom
• Monika Bickert, General Counsel of Facebook
• Neuroscience of Judicial Decision-Making
• Federal Judiciary
• International Roundtable
• #MeToo Panel
• Film Screening of "The Judge"
• NAWJ Gala Banquet
• Farewell Breakfast
Click here to register online, or download this registration form, complete and email to firstname.lastname@example.org 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 888-412-1442. For more information on the annual conference, click here.
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, President Kennedy and the Executive Committee will 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 email@example.com 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)
NAWJ'S INFORMED VOTERS PROGRAM EXPANDS ITS PRESENCE
AT THE FLORIDA BAR'S ANNUAL CONVENTION
For the second year in a row, NAWJ's Informed Voters Project (IVP) hosted an exhibit at The Florida Bar's Annual Convention that sparked great interest in the Project's mission. The exhibit consisted of a table where attendees could obtain copies of IVP handouts, watch IVP's award-winning video featuring former Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, and take a picture wearing a judge's robe! Volunteers from around the state—lawyers, judges, and law students—included NAWJ Judicial Independence Committee Co-Chair, Florida Supreme Court Justice Hon. Barbara Pariente (pictured left with other NAWJ members, photo left) - worked at the IVP table throughout the convention, informing convention-attendees about the Project, the importance of ensuring a fair and impartial judiciary, and the resources provided by the Project's website. Volunteers also collected contact information from those interested in hosting IVP-related events in their communities. Hosting an exhibit at bar association events is an excellent way to network and spread the word about IVP and its important work. Contact Annette Boyd Pitts at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in hosting an exhibit at an upcoming bar association event!
Thank you, Melanie Kalmanson, Staff Attorney to Justice Barbara J. Pariente, for sharing news of this event.
MEET NAWJ RESOURCE BOARD MEMBER
ATTORNEY DIANE L. MCGIMSEY, ESQ.
Diane McGimsey has served on NAWJ's Resource Board since 2014. She is a partner at Sullivan & Cromwell LLP, a nationally recognized firm that is one of NAWJ's longtime Landmark Sponsors. She is a member of the firm's Litigation Group. Before joining Sullivan & Cromwell, she served as a law clerk to Justice Clarence Thomas of the U.S. Supreme Court and to Chief Judge J. Harvie Wilkinson, III of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. Ms. McGimsey represents clients in a wide range of federal and state litigation matters, at both the trial and appellate level, with a particular focus on shareholder litigation and the defense of private class action securities and antitrust litigation. Her practice also includes investigations by the Department of Justice and the Securities and Exchange Commission, as well as handling matters for clients as plaintiffs in significant commercial disputes.
Ms. McGimsey is active in community service. She is a member of board of the Western Justice Center, Salvatori Center for the Study of Individual Freedom, and Los Angeles based Mental Health Advocacy Services. The Daily Journal has ranked her amongst its "Top Women Lawyers" in 2016, 2017 and 2018. Law360 honored Ms. McGimsey as a "Rising Star in Banking" in 2015 and the Los Angeles Business Journal recognized her as "Women Making a Difference" in 2014 and 2015.
NAWJ is happy to have the support of such an outstanding community servant – Thank You!
NAWJ NEW JERSEY WELCOMES JUSTICE MAGGIE HONGYU SHEN OF THE
SUPREME PEOPLE'S COURT IN BEIJING
On June 28, 2018, NAWJ New Jersey members held a welcome dinner for Justice Maggie Hongyu Shen of the Supreme People's Court in Beijing, China. She is a member of the International Association of Women Judges. The informal gathering of nine, which included Hon. Rosemary Gambardella (U.S. Bankruptcy Court, District of New Jersey) was held at the home of Hon. Sue Pai Yang (New Jersey Worker's Compensation Court, Retired) in Bridgewater, NJ. The group recognized Justice Shen's appointment to the International Commercial Court, a new division of the Supreme People's Court, as an important accomplishment.
(L-R: Hon. Sue Pai Yang, Hon. Maggie Hongyu Shen, Hon. Rosemary Gambardella)
COMMITTEE CHAIRS SPOTLIGHT
LAW SCHOOL OUTREACH COMMITTEE CO-CHAIR
JUDGE MARYLOU MUIRHEAD, DISTRICT 1—MA
Law School Outreach Committee Co-Chairs Hon. Colleen Clark (District 12-CO) and Hon. Lisa M. Fisher (District 2 -Upstate NY, 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 email@example.com if you are interested in serving as a Co-Chair of this Committee.
Judge MaryLou Muirhead joined the Housing Court bench in December 2006 and has recently been named as the First Justice of the Eastern Division. An active NAWJ member, she has served as District Director for NAWJ's District One since 2012. As a member of the Housing Court Department of the Massachusetts Trial Court, she has served on the Access to Justice Commission and the Trial Court Race and Implicit Bias Advisory Committee. Judge Muirhead also chairs the Statewide Steering Committee for the Tenancy Preservation Program, a homelessness prevention program through which social service providers connect with tenants, including families with children with disabilities facing eviction as a result of behavior related to a disability (e.g. mental illness, mental retardation, substance abuse, aging related impairments) to preserve tenancies. Judge Muirhead obtained her law degree from New England Law Boston (f/k/a New England School of Law) and her undergraduate degree from the State University of New York at Plattsburgh.
HONORABLE MARYLOU MUIRHEAD
BOSTON HOUSING COURT
NAWJ SAN DIEGO SUCCESS INSIDE & OUT PROGRAM EXPANDS
RESOURCES FOR WOMEN IN PRISON RE-ENTRY PROGRAM
Women at the Las Colinas Detention and Reentry Facility in Santee are exploring ways to transition from living behind bars to becoming community members. Six months prior to their release, NAWJ members in collaboration with the Sheriff's Department's and associated community partners hosts workshops to assist women transition back into society. These re-entry programs' goals are to help inmates gain self-awareness of the dynamics that influence their behavior to enable them to make conscious choices to end the cycle of dysfunction which lead to repeat incarcerations, lessen crime, and enhance public safety.
Visit San Diego's Success Inside & Out Program website to watch an inspiring video on the program and learn about the program's many workshops.
to visit NAWJ San Diego's Success Inside & Out's website).
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:
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.
CRUISE THE DANUBE WITH NAWJ
BUDAPEST TO NUREMBERG • MAY 5 – 12, 2019
|CONTACT OUR TRAVEL AGENT ASAP TO SECURE A CABIN.
COUNTRIES: HUNGARY, AUSTRIA, SLOVAKIA, GERMANY
Discover a wealth of art, history and cultural treasures. From Budapest, journey to Bratislava, Vienna, Passau and the 2,000-year-old town of Regensburg, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visit magnificent cathedrals and Baroque abbeys; sample Vienna's famous sacher torte cake; experience breath taking scenery of the Wachau Valley winemaking region; and traverse Europe's Continental Divide.
PLEASE SIGN UP ASAP TO SECURE YOUR CABIN – LIMITED AVAILABILITY
7 NIGHTS - BLUE DANUBE DISCOVERY CRUISE
on the AmaCerto with Amawaterways Cruise Line
DAY 1 - EMBARKATION – BUDAPEST, HUNGARY
DAY 2 - BRATISLAVA, SLOVAKIA
DAY 3 - VIENNA, AUSTRIA
DAY 4 - DÜRNSTEIN – MELK
DAY 5 - PASSAU, GERMANY
DAY 6 - REGENSBURG
DAY 7 - NUREMBERG
DAY 8 - NUREMBERG, GERMANY – DISEMBARKATION
OPTIONAL ADD ONS
2-night pre cruise package – Budapest: $520 pp double occupancy, $820 single
3-night post cruise package – Prague: $840 pp double occupancy, $1,290 single
For more information on how to reserve cabin, register with NAWJ, and the Amawaterways Cruise Line visit the event page at NAWJ here.
LANDMARK SPONSOR GEICO
The partnership between NAWJ and GEICO provides insurance discounts to NAWJ members. Contact GEICO for a free quote on auto insurance to see how much you could be saving. Remember to mention your NAWJ affiliation since you could qualify for an exclusive member savings opportunity. Visit www.geico.com/disc/nawj (special portal here) or call 1-800-368-2734 for your free rate quote. GEICO also can help you find great rates on homeowners, renters, motorcycle insurance, and more.
CALENDAR OF EVENTS
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. The cost for non-NAWJ members to attend the July 18th Caucus Meeting is $40.00.
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.