NAWJ Monthly Update October 2012

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

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October 2012
In This Issue:

Participants in NAWJ's 10-Year Celebration of the Color of Justice Program at the Beltrami County Courthouse in Bemidji, Minnesota. At center in red is the creator of the Color of Justice Program, Judge Brenda Stith Loftin, and to her right, NAWJ District 10 Director Renee Worke who chaired this 10-Year Celebration Program.

Dear Friends,

I know it's overdone, but really...where has the time and year gone?

I hope this finds you well, and easing into the fall months. In just one month, I'll look forward to seeing many of you in Miami for another truly outstanding NAWJ Annual Conference, our 34th. Your Conference Co-Chairs Judges Lisa Walsh and Myriam Lehr, and the dynamic Conference Planning Committees have worked so very hard over the past two years to bring you an amazing event. I encourage you all to register today and not to miss this wonderful experience. I promise you will love it! Remember, November 7-11, 2012.

This past month, I had the privilege of attending a lovely reception in Houston, Texas hosted by District 11 Director Judge Orlinda Naranjo and NAWJ members, in conjunction with the Texas Judiciary Educational Conference (Pictured l-r Judge Gina M. Benavides, Judge Naranjo, Judge Nechtem and NAWJ Finance Committee Chair Judge Susan Criss.). Many judges attending the conference were introduced to NAWJ and our work. Houston Mayor Annise Parker gave welcoming remarks. Mayor Parker is only the second woman in Houston's history to hold this Honorable office. It was an excellent event for NAWJ. Thank you all.

On September 14th, I traveled to Bemidji, Minnesota for the celebration of the ten-year anniversary of the Color of Justice Program. District 10 Director Judge Renee Worke and her Planning Committee presented an exciting and exceptional celebration of the ten-year anniversary of the Color of Justice Program, and honored Past-President and creator of the Color of Justice program, Judge Brenda Stith Loftin. It was Judge Loftin's vision to expand its presentation to students on a Native American Reservation. The remarkable students participated in a mock trial and heard remarks from a panel of Native American lawyers, law students and judges. Tribal Judge Margaret Treuer (pictured center of Judge Nechtem left, and Judge Worke right) was presented with an NAWJ award for her courage and leadership in the cause of equality and justice. Thank you, Judge Worke, for honoring NAWJ and Judge Loftin, and for all your effort in accomplishing what was just a perfect day!

I anticipate one more stop for me this year before the Miami Conference. Justice Bernette Johnson and her hard working Committee are planning another wonderful celebration of the ten years of the Color of Justice programs in New Orleans on Oct 12th.

We are excited to announce that NAWJ has received another State Justice Institute Curriculum Adaptation and Training Grant encompassing immigration and human trafficking, placing NAWJ in the forefront of this important issue. Thank you to the Chair of the Human Trafficking Committee, Judge Carolyn Temin, President-Elect Judge Joan Churchill and Executive Director Marie Komisar for making this happen for NAWJ.

NAWJ will join co-sponsors the Massachusetts Women's Bar and the National Association of Women Student Lawyers at Suffolk University Law School to present a leadership panel of prominent women in law, business, government and academia in Boston in early November. The panel will discuss their paths in hopes of inspiring leadership goals in young women. I am honored to be a part of this panel presentation.

Please join me in welcoming our newest NAWJ staff member Mary-Kathleen Todd, as our Conference Manager. Mary-Kathleen is a highly experienced professional in the area of conference planning... Welcome aboard, Mary-Kathleen!

Thank you all for you tremendous support this year and for the exceptional work you do in the name of NAWJ.

Thank you for the privilege, honor and joy of permitting me to represent you this year.

Meet Me In Miami!!!

With my best wishes,


"Meet Me In Miami"
NAWJ 34th Annual Conference

November 7 - 11, 2012
Eden Roc Renaissance Miami Beach
Miami Beach, Florida

Register online or download the registration form to register.

Room Reservations: (800) 319-5354

NAWJ Rates: Standard Room $199/night, plus applicable taxes
Resort Tower Room $219/night, plus applicable taxes
Ocean Tower Room with Ocean View $229/night plus applicable taxes

Judge Lisa S. Walsh Judge Myriam Lehr
Education Committee
Chairs: Judge Laurel Isicoff • Judge Cindy Lederman
Members: Judge Rosemary Barkett • Professor Donna Coker • Judge Jeri Beth Cohen
Edward H. Davis, Jr. • Chief Justice Dana Fabe • Judge Ellen Leesfield • Judge Chris McAliley
Judge Kathleen Mulligan • Professor Amy Ronner • Judge Mary Schroeder
Professor Tara Twomey

Finance Committee
Chair: Judge Gladys Perez • Member: Maureen Jaeger Walsh

Speakers Committee
Chair: Judge Gladys Perez • Member: Laura Morilla

International Judges Committee
Chairs: Judge Mercedes Bach • Judge Judy Chirlin (Retired)
Members: Judge Rosemary Barkett • Justice Ann Walsh Bradley • Judge Beverly Cutler (Retired) • Judge Beverly Sherman Nash • Judge Gladys Perez • Judge Geraldine Sparrow • Judge Carolyn Temin

Social Events Committee
Chairs: Judge Nushin Sayfie • Judge Lourdes Simon •
Member: Amy Rosenberg

Volunteers Committee
Chair: Judge Marcia Caballero • Member: Judge Andrea Wolfson

Mentor-Mentee Committee
Chair: Judge Monica Gordo

Reception Host Committee
Chairs: Judge Joan A. Lenard • Assistant Dean Georgina Angones • Associate Dean Raquel Matas •
Members: Jacqueline Becerra • Judge Marcia Caballero • Judge Barbara Lagoa • Bruce Lehr • LillyAnn Sanchez

Security Committee
Chairs: Judge Spencer Multack • Judge Rodolfo "Rudy" Ruiz

Excursions Committee
Chairs: Judge Marisa Tinkler Mendez • Judge Valerie Manno Schurr

Women in Prison Committee
Chair: Judge Simone Marstiller

Advisory Committee
Judge Amy L. Nechtem • Marie E. Komisar


Law Firm Partners Co-Chairs
Elizabeth Hernandez, Akerman Senterfitt
Linda M. Leali, White & Case LLP
Detra P. Shaw-Wilder, Koyzak Tropin & Throckmorton

Corporate Partners Good Government Alliance Chair
Mikki Canton, AsiaAmericana International LLC



Presenting Platinum Partners
United Automobile Insurance Company

Gold Partners
Baptist Health South Florida
Codina Partners

Silver Partners
Leon Medical Centers
Piedra & Associates
TYLin International HJ Ross
Waste Management

Bronze Partners
All American Containers, Inc.
AT&T Florida
The Biltmore Hotel
Braman Automotive Group
Ambassador Paul Cejas, PLC Investments
CM Consulting Group Corp.
DYL Group
Esserman Motors
IBEW L.U. 349
Medina Capital Partners
Miami Marlins
Patino & Associates
The Thornton Family

Alliance Partners
Gabriel S. Diaz-Samiento, CPA
Alan Eichenbaum, Esq.
Florida Power & Light

The Honorable Tomas Regalado and The City of Miami
Dr. Eduardo Padron, President, Miami Dade College
Mrs. Belinda Meruelo
A.J. Barranco, Jr.
Moet-Hennesy / Siboney Wine & Spirits
Chef Paella
Willy Bermello, BAP
Carrolton School of The Sacred Heart
Alvarez, Carbonell, Feltman, Jimenez & Gomez


Premier Sponsors
Robert M. Kaufman, Esq.

Gold Sponsors
Akerman Senterfitt LLP

Silver Sponsors
American Society for International Law
Astigarraga Davis
Bilzin Sumberg Baena Price & Axelrod LLP
Broad & Cassel
Carlton Fields
Gray Robinson, P.A.
Greenberg Traurig, P.A.
Hogan Lovells US LLP
Hunton & Williams LLP
Kozyak Tropin & Throckmorton, P.A.
Merrill Lynch Global Wealth & Investment Management, The MAB Group
Shook, Hardy & Bacon L.L.P.
Stearns, Weaver, Miller, Weissler, Alhadeff & Sitterson, P.A.
White & Case LLP

Bronze Sponsors
Avila, Rodriguez, Hernandez, Mena & Ferri LLP
Berger Singerman
Berkowitz Pollack Brant Advisors and Accountants
Boies Schiller & Flexner LLP
Colson Hicks Eidson
The Ferraro Law Firm
Grossman Roth, P.A.
Higer, Lichter, Givner
Holland & Knight LLP
JAMS, The Resolution Experts
Kaufman, Rossin & Co.
Kenny Nachwalter, P.A.
Podhurst Orseck, P.A.
Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP

Amigos Sponsors
Bankruptcy Bar Association
Damian & Valori LLP
Elser Foster-Morales
Epiq Bankruptcy Solutions
ESB Mediation Services
Fabricant Morton & Company, PA
Gamba & Lombana, P.A.
GlassRatner Advisory & Capital Group
Kubicki Draper
Robert Levy
Lott & Fischer
McDonald Hopkins LLC
Meland Russin & Budwick, P.A.
Mestre Law
Miami-Dade Florida Association of Women Lawyers
Pathman Lewis, LLP
Rivero Mestre, LLP
Squire, Sanders & Dempsey
Weiss, Serota, Helfman, Pastoriza, Cole & Boniske, P.L.

In-Kind Sponsors
A.J. Barranco
Cuban American Bar Association
Daily Business Review
Joe's Stone Crab Restaurant
Hon. Joan Lenard
Hon. Federico Moreno
Perry Ellis
Southern Wine and Spirits
University of Miami School of Law
U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida
Dean Patricia White

(Continuing Legal Education credits for education programs are pending with the Florida Court Education Council and the Florida State Bar Association.)

Click here to read an expanded Schedule of Events on NAWJ's website.

2011-2012 NAWJ Board of Directors Meeting

for First-time Attendees and International Judges

Wilkie D. Ferguson, Jr. Federal Courthouse for the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida

Morning Yoga
(sign up with a $10 fee at the Registration Desk in Miami)

Conference Opening Welcome Remarks

Plenary Session - We Can Do It! Fighting Back to Protect Judicial Independence

Lisa Bloom, author of Think: Straight Talk for Women to Stay Smart in a Dumbed-Down World.


Set One

Judith Resnik on "Representing Justice"

Lawyering and Justice - Emerging Issues of Nations in Transition

Mindfulness and Stress Reduction

Set Two

Curbing Access to Justice in a Down Economy

Legal and Judicial Trends in Cuba

Sally Kenney on "Gender and Judging"

"Noche de Salsa" Evening Reception Hosted by Dean Patricia D. White, University of Miami School of Law and CABA- Cuban American Bar Association

NAWJ District Breakfast Meetings

Plenary Session - Bringing Human Rights Home


Hidden Impact: The Unseen Consequences of the Economic Crisis

Women's Health

The Impact of Other Laws on Court Decisions

So You Think You Have a Book in You

A Conversation with Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz.

Plenary Session - The Power and Reach of the Internet

Optional Excursion: Women in Prison Project Visits Homestead Correctional Institution with ArtSpring.

ArtSpring provides therapeutic programming and re-entry assistance to women in prison in Florida. They will be escorting our members on this optional excursion to Homestead Correctional Institution. Those wishing to attend must complete a form allowing a background check, and return to Artspring. Download form here. Space is limited to 40 attendees.

Morning Yoga
(sign up with a $10 fee at the Registration Desk in Miami)

NAWJ Committee Breakfast Meetings

NAWJ Annual Business Meeting and New Officer Investiture

Plenary Session -- Judging in an International Community

NAWJ Resource Board Meeting

2012-2013 NAWJ Board of Directors Meeting


Farewell Breakfast

Volunteer to Mentor in Miami!
NAWJ 34th Annual Conference
November 7 - 11, 2012
Eden Roc Renaissance Miami Beach

This year's Annual Conference in Miami has proved inviting for many first-time attendees. If you have registered for the conference in Miami or are planning to register, consider volunteering your NAWJ hospitality to fellow kindred conference attendees. Email this year's Conference's Volunteer Committee Chair Monica Gordo at and let her know of your interest. Thank you!

Contribute to NAWJ's Amazon Wish List
for Florida's Women in Prison
In support of Women in Prison Committee initiatives, NAWJ is organizing a book drive in conjunction with the 2012 Annual Conference to benefit the library at the Homestead Correctional Institution women's prison in South Florida. The book drive will continue through the end of November to give every NAWJ member a chance to participate. Our goal is to give the facility every book on its wish list. Please take a moment and join this effort.

Or, go to and find NAWJ in their Wish List registry and choose Florida Women in Prison - Homestead Correctional Institution.

NAWJ Celebrated Ten Years of the Color of Justice
with Native American Students at the
Beltrami County Courthouse in Bemidji, Minnesota

With an Opening Prayer by Paul Day, a member of the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe, Color of Justice Ten-Year Celebration Chair Judge Renee Worke, NAWJ District 10 Director and Judge on the Minnesota Court of Appeals, marked recognition of one of NAWJ's most popular outreach programs that encourages minority youth to pursue careers in the legal profession.

Welcomed by NAWJ President Judge Amy L. Nechtem, the creator of the Color of Justice Program, Judge Brenda Stith Loftin (St. Louis County Circuit Court, Missouri), and Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe Chairwoman Carri Jones, the 35 students embarked on a Mock Trial, an overview of which given by North Dakota District Court Judge Debbie Kleven, who was participating in her second Color of Justice program within 12 months. The students were assisted by mentor judges and lawyers.

Following the morning mock trial exercise, the students took in a luncheon panel discussion moderated by Minnesota District Court Judge John Smith, including panelists Judge Mary Maring, North Dakota Supreme Court; Judge Peggy Truer; Assistant U.S. Attorney (North Dakota) Janice Morley; law students Jennifer Cross and Whitefishwoman; and the Executive Director of Anishinabe Legal Services Paul Day. Thereafter Chairwoman Carri Jones led the students through a period of critique, self-reflection, and questions for the judges and lawyers mentoring for the day.

NAWJ 2012-2013 Board of Directors Nomination Slate

In accordance with the NAWJ Bylaws, the Nominating Committee presents the following Nomination Slate for the 2012-2013 Board of Directors:

Hon. Joan V. Churchill
(Automatically assumes office)
Immigration Court (Retired)
Chevy Chase, Maryland

Hon. Anna Blackburne-Rigsby
District of Columbia Court of Appeals
Washington, D.C.

Vice President, Districts
Hon. Arian Vuono
Massachusetts Appeals Court
Boston, MA

Vice President, Publications
Hon. Tanya R. Kennedy
Civil Court
New York, NY

Hon. Lisa S. Walsh
Circuit Court for the Eleventh Judicial Circuit
Miami, FL

Hon. Julie E. Frantz
Multnomah County Circuit Court
Portland, OR

ABA Delegate
Hon. Norma L. Shapiro
U.S District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA

The members of the Nominating Committee include:
Chair, Hon. Marjorie Laird Carter, California Superior Court, Orange County, California
Hon. Dana Fabe, Alaska Supreme Court, Alaska
Hon. Bernice Donald, U.S. District Court, Western District of Tennessee
Hon. Carol Feinman, New York City Civil Court, New York
Hon. Brenda Stith Loftin, St. Louis County Circuit Court, Missouri
Hon. Bea Ann Smith, Third Court of Appeals, Texas (Retired)
Hon. Fernande R.V. Duffly, Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court
Hon. Barbara Madsen, Washington Supreme Court, Washington
Hon. Judith McConnell, Court of Appeals, Fourth Appellate District, California
Hon. J.E. Sullivan, U.S. Dept. of Transportation, District of Columbia
Hon. Vanessa Ruiz, District of Columbia Court of Appeals

National Association of Women Judges Announces
2012 Annual Awards Honorees

Justice Fernande (Nan) R. V. Duffly

The Honorable Fernande R.V. Duffly was President of NAWJ for the 2007-2008 year. She sits on the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, and has been an NAWJ member since 1996. Justice Duffly has served in many NAWJ offices and board positions, including District Director, Secretary, Treasurer, and Vice-President of Districts. She currently serves as NAWJ's delegate to the American Bar Association's House of Delegates and has been appointed as a Commissioner serving on the ABA's Commission on the Status of Women in the Profession.

Justice Duffly served on the Probate and Family Court from 1992-2000; the Massachusetts Appeals Court from 2000 to 2011; and was appointed as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Judicial Court on February 1, 2011, by Governor Deval Patrick. As an attorney, she provided pro bono legal services to indigent clients through the Volunteer Lawyers Project. She has served on the Boston Bar Association's committees on pro se litigation and attorney volunteerism; the Probate and Family Court's committee on pro se access to the courts; the ABA subcommittee on representation of children; and the Supreme Judicial Court's Standing Committee on substance abuse.

Justice Duffly has written articles and taught seminars on various topics, including appellate decision-making, family law, trusts, and parental rights. A frequent speaker, she often speaks on topics related to ensuring access to justice and increasing diversity in the courts. In 2011, the ABA Business Law Section through its subcommittee Women Business Advocates presented Justice Duffly with its annual award honoring a Women Judge who has contributed to the advancement of Women in the legal profession.

Justice Duffly was born in Indonesia on December 10, 1949. She received her B.A. from the University of Connecticut in 1973, and her J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1978. Justice Duffly began her legal career in 1978 as an attorney in the litigation department of the Boston law firm then known as Warner and Stackpole.

Roberta D. Liebenberg, Esq.

Roberta D. Liebenberg is a senior partner at Fine, Kaplan and Black, R.P.C. in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania where she focuses her practice on class actions, antitrust and complex commercial litigation, and white collar criminal defense. She is a graduate of the University of Michigan and the Catholic University Columbus School of Law, magna cum laude, where she was the Notes Editor of the Law Review. Thereafter, she served as a law clerk for the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. She was the Co-Chair of the very successful Friends Committee for NAWJ's 2007 Annual Conference in Philadelphia and collaborated with NAWJ on various projects during her three-year tenure as Chair of the ABA Commission of Women in the Profession. Ms. Liebenberg was also Chair of the ABA Standing Committee on the Federal Judiciary 2006-07. Attorney Liebenberg has worked tirelessly at the local, state and national levels to promote gender equality and diversity in the legal profession.

Since August, 2008, Ms. Liebenberg has served as Chair of the American Bar Association's Commission on Women in the Profession, whose first Chair was Hillary Rodham Clinton. In addition, she chaired the Pennsylvania Bar Association's Commission on Women in the Profession from 1995 to 1997. She also served as Co-Chair of the Philadelphia Bar Association's Women in the Profession Committee from 2005-2007. She also was one of the founders of "DirectWomen," an ABA initiative to enable women lawyers to prepare for service as directors on corporate boards.

In 2010, Ms. Liebenberg was selected as one of 14 national "Visionary Delegates" for Vision 2020, a national project focused on advancing gender equality. Ms. Liebenberg was appointed by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court to the Interbranch Commission for Gender, Racial and Ethnic Fairness, and serves as Chair of its Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Victims Committee. Previously, she was appointed by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court to its Committee on Racial and Gender Bias in the Justice System, where she was Co-Chair of the Gender Bias Committee. In addition, she served as Co-Chair of the Philadelphia Bar Association's Special Committee to Coordinate the Bar's Response to Racial and General Bias in the Justice System, as well as its Gender Fairness Task Force.

Chief Justice Dana Fabe

The Honorable Dana Fabe was President of NAWJ for the 2009-2010 year. She is Chief Justice of the Alaska Supreme Court, and has been an NAWJ member since 1988. Justice Fabe has served in many NAWJ offices and board positions, including Vice-President of Projects Districts. Most recently, Justice Fabe has been active in promoting MentorJet, a networking program she created in 2010 to bring together experienced professionals from across a range of fields in the legal profession with young people interested in pursuing legal careers using a fun and lively 'speed mentoring' game. Since her year as President, Justice Fabe has remained active with NAWJ, serving in numerous committees.

Chief Justice Dana Fabe began her third term on July 1, 2012, having served two previous terms as Chief Justice, from 2000-2003 and 2006-2009. She was appointed to the Alaska Supreme Court in 1996 and is the first woman to serve on the court and as Chief Justice. During both previous terms, she served as second vice-president of the Conference of Chief Justices. She clerked for Justice Edmond W. Burke of the Alaska Supreme Court in 1976-77; served as a staff attorney for the Alaska Public Defender Agency from 1977-81; and served as Chief Public Defender for Alaska from 1981-88 by appointment of the governor. She was a member of the Board of Governors of the Alaska Bar Association in 1987-88. She was appointed to the superior court bench in Anchorage in 1988 and was Deputy Presiding Judge of the Third Judicial District from 1992-95, as well as a Training Judge. She currently chairs the Alaska Supreme Court Civil Rules Committee, the Alaska Supreme Court Fairness, Diversity, and Equality Committee, and the Alaska Court System's Law Day Steering Committee. She serves on the Advisory Council of the American Judicature Society and is chair of its Judicial Ethics Advisory Committee. She is a Life Fellow of the American Bar Foundation. B.A., Cornell University; J.D., Northeastern University School of Law. She is married to Randall Simpson, and they have one daughter.

Judge Sandra Robinson

The Honorable Sandra Robinson is an Administrative Law Judge for the State of New Jersey. She has served as District Director of New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware and the Virgin Islands for the past two years, and has been a tireless and enthusiastic promoter of the achievements of judges and attorneys in her district. Judge Robinson has been a member since 1997.

Judge Robinson is admitted to the bars of the Supreme Court of the United States; the Third Circuit Court of Appeals; U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey; Supreme Court of the State of New Jersey; and the Supreme Court of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. She received a Doctorate of Jurisprudence degree from Howard University School of Law. During 2012, Ms. Robinson enters her eleventh year of service as an Administrative Law Judge in the State of New Jersey. Her legal experiences include a clerkship with the Hon. Irving Rubin, JSC in New Jersey; a legal internship as a Reginald Heber Smith Graduate Fellow which enabled employment with the litigation and appeals unit of Legal Services Corporation in New Jersey; Bergen County Assistant County Counsel; Bergen County Adjuster; Municipal Planning Board Attorney; Municipal and County Zoning Board Attorney; and Adjunct Professor of legal studies at Farleigh Dickinson University.

Some achievements, awards and commendations have included: former Deputy Mayor of the City of Hackensack; Supreme Court of New Jersey Judicial Conference Delegate 1996, 1992, 1988 and 1985; New Jersey State Bar Association General Council Conference, panelist; Girl Scout Council of Bergen County Outstanding Woman of the Year 2000; Hackensack University Medical Center Board of Governors, member; Howard University School of Law: Law Journal, Mt. Olive Church Woman of the Year Award; Trial and Appellate Moot Court Team; Senator Dr. Wynona Lipman Award For Outstanding Community Service; New Jersey Women Lawyers and New Jersey State Bar Association Recognition of Achievement In The Profession of Law, Elevation to the Bench and as a Role Model for Women Lawyers.

ABA Call for Nominations for
2013 Margaret Brent Women Lawyers of Achievement Awards
Click here to reach the ABA's page on the awards.

The ABA Commission on Women in the Profession is seeking nominations for the 23rd Annual Margaret Brent Women Lawyers of Achievement Awards. These awards will be presented at a luncheon on Sunday, August 11, 2013 during the ABA Annual Meeting in San Francisco. Submit your nomination or click here for more information.

The deadline to submit the nomination form and supporting materials is Monday, December 3, 2012.

If you have nominated someone previously and want to nominate her again for 2013, please (1) submit the nomination form and (2) contact Beverly Tate at 312-988-5668 or

For more information, please click on the links below: Nomination criteria and application requirements

Nomination form

If you have further questions, please contact Beverly Tate at 312-988-5668 or via email at

2013 Midyear Meeting and Leadership Conference
May 2-4, 2013
Washington, D.C.

NAWJ President-Elect, the Honorable Joan V. Churchill, and a planning team will hold NAWJ's 2013 Midyear Meeting and Leadership Conference in Washington, D.C. Highlights will include a joint meeting with members of the Congressional Caucus for Women's Issues, and a discussion forum and reception at the United States Supreme Court Building on Friday, May 3, 2013. The NAWJ Board of Directors will meet on Saturday, May 4, 2013. More information will follow.

District Two's Conference, Fantastic Fall Weekend, will take place on Saturday, October 20 in Mystic Seaport.

NAWJ's 34th Annual Conference will take place in Miami, Florida, November 7 - 11 at the Eden Roc Renaissance Miami Beach.

IAWJ Regional Conference: Latin America and Caribbean Region will take place from March 14 - 15 in Iguazu, Misiones, Argentina. All NAWJ members are members of IAWJ, and are invited to attend IAWJ conferences.

NAWJ Midyear Meeting and Leadership Conference will take place May 2 - 4 in Washington, D.C.

IAWJ Regional Conference: Asia/Pacific Region will place May 9 - 12 in Auckland, New Zealand. All NAWJ members are members of IAWJ, and are invited to attend IAWJ conferences.

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

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

Mission Statement:

The National Association of Women Judges' mission is to: Promote the judicial role of protecting the rights of individuals under the rule of law through strong, committed, diverse judicial leadership, fairness and equality in the courts, and equal access to justice.

About NAWJ:

Since its formation in 1979, NAWJ has inspired and lead the American judiciary in achieving fairness and equality for vulnerable populations. Led by two visionary women - Justice Joan Dempsey Klein and Justice Vaino Spencer - 100 brave and intrepid women judges met and formed an organization dedicated to the following ideals: ensuring equal justice and access to the courts for all including women, youth, the elderly, minorities, the underprivileged, and people with disabilities; providing judicial education on cutting-edge issues of importance; developing judicial leaders; increasing the number of women on the bench in order for the judiciary to more accurately reflect the role of women in a democratic society; and improving the administration of justice to provide gender-fair decisions for both male and female litigants.

From the day it was founded, NAWJ has been committed to diversity in our membership. Our organization welcomes both men and women. We include appellate, trial, tribal, administrative law judges, state and federal judges, and members from every state in the nation.

NAWJ takes pride in its accomplishments. We were at the forefront in the establishment and implementation of gender bias task forces in both federal and state courts. We have greatly advanced the administration of justice in areas of domestic violence, child support and child custody, and the treatment of women in the courts of America. We also are respected as a leader in educating judges on bioethics, elderly abuse, the sentencing of women offenders with substance abuse problems; improving conditions for women in prison; and the problems facing immigrants in our court system. Currently we are developing curricula on the effect of genetic advances on women and vulnerable populations, the impact of international law on state and federal courts, and cognitively disabled persons in criminal courts.

In addition to addressing these and other important issues, NAWJ provides an opportunity for judges to meet and discuss professional issues of mutual concern in a supportive atmosphere. Connecting with others with the same values, we laugh, enjoy life and mentor one another nationwide.

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