MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT
Joan Churchill - September 26, 2013
A major highlight this month was the opportunity extended to Executive Director, Marie Komisar and
myself to attend a reception at the residence of Vice President and Dr. Biden to celebrate the 19th
Anniversary of the signing of the Violence Against Women Act.
Vice President Biden spoke movingly about the importance of the issue to him, telling us that of all
the issues on which he has worked, prevention of violence against women is the issue on which he feels
the strongest, and the accomplishment in his career of which he is the proudest. He extolled the
enhancements in the respective reauthorizations, mentioning the protections in the latest reauthorization
for members of tribes who live on tribal lands enacted by Congress earlier this year. You will recall that
NAWJ twice issued a position statement in support of the VAWA Reauthorization Act and its tribal jurisdiction
provisions while the bill was pending in the last Congress, and then again in the current Congress. Marie
and I attended the Presidential signing of the 2013 VAWA Reauthorization Act last March. Statements may
be viewed here.
(Photo: Vice President Joe Biden and Dr. Jill Biden flanking NAWJ President Joan Churchill and Executive Director Marie Komisar.)
A celebration on September 25 of the historic appointment of NAWJ Member Hon. Mary Ellen Barbera as
the first female Chief Judge of the Court of Appeals for Maryland, the state's highest court, attracted
a large crowd including her predecessor, former Chief Judge Robert Bell, Chief Judge Eric Washington
of the District of Columbia Court of Appeals, and Chief Judge Peter Krauser of the Court of Special
Appeals for Maryland, who delivered congratulatory remarks. Chief Judges of several courts in the
area attended, including NAWJ member Chief Judge Deborah Chasanow of the U.S. District Court for
Maryland. Our President-Elect Judge Anna Blackburne-Rigsby delivered congratulatory remarks to NAWJ's
good friend Chief Judge Eric Washington on his redesignation for a third term. Deans of several of the
area's law schools, presidents of local bar associations, and members of area law firms joined us for
the celebration. District Four and the Maryland Chapter sponsored the event. District Four Director
Judge Claudia Barber of the District of Columbia Office of Administrative Hearings did a superb job
on the arrangements. The evening included a play reading by her colleague, NAWJ member Judge Paul
Handy, about Belva Lockwood, the first woman to be admitted to the bar of the U.S. Supreme Court.
I attended the Maryland Chapter's fall meeting on September 7, hosted by Chief Judge Barbera at the
Court of Appeals. The Maryland Chapter is heavily involved in programs for women in prison and has
a new project underway to combat human trafficking.
Excitement is building as we approach our 2013 Annual Conference in New Orleans October 9-13. We are
especially looking forward to keynote remarks that will be delivered by U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder
at our opening day luncheon on Thursday, October 10. Conference chairs Chief Justice Bernette Johnson
and Judge Mary Becnel and their committee, along with NAWJ staff, are involved in a myriad of final
details. They have done an outstanding job planning this conference. Activity at headquarters has
reached a frenetic pace. It is going to be a wonderful conference in an exciting locale.
We look forward to welcoming the many first time attendees and international judges that will be in
attendance. We give special thanks to Judge Judith Chirlin and her committee for their work in arranging
for the attendance of thirteen scholarship recipients from other countries. As always, grateful thanks
go to our angel, Landmark Sponsor/Resource Board Member Robert Kaufman, Esq. for his most generous
contribution in support of the conference scholarship program.
Another highlight of the conference will be the panel featuring public service by the Landrieu family,
whose members serve and have served in state and federal positions in all three branches of government.
In addition to participating on the panel with her family, Senator Mary Landrieu will deliver remarks at
the Friends Luncheon on Friday, October 11. The Executive Committee at its September meeting approved
issuance of a special proclamation in recognition of Senator Landrieu's dedicated work on behalf of women
throughout her career, which will be presented to her at the luncheon. There is still time to register
for the conference, if you haven't already. See the registration link below.
In this, my final monthly email update as your President, I want to express what a pleasure and honor it
has been to serve as your President. It has been a jam-packed year, filled with notable accomplishments.
I am particularly impressed with the level of dynamism and engagement by the District Directors, under
the enthusiastic leadership of Judge Ariane Vuono, Vice President for Districts and the committees,
under the equally enthusiastic leadership of Judge Sandra Robinson, Coordinator of Committee Chairs.
Each of the Districts has sponsored no less than two activities during the year. The committees have
been busy all year; a record number of committees have scheduled meetings during the conference. We
have several active projects ongoing, including the Informed Voter project, the Immigration & Human
Trafficking project, the Women in Prison Project and the Color of Justice and Mentor Jet projects.
We had a successful year financially. You can access my full Annual Report
I feel confident that NAWJ is in a strong position as I turn over the reins into the capable hands of
our incoming President, Judge Anna Blackburne-Rigsby. I congratulate her and look forward to our
next successful year under her leadership.
(Photo from left: Chief Justice Peter Krauser, Court of Special Appeals of MD; Judge Patricia
Campbell-Smith, U.S. Court of Federal Claims; Chief Judge Emily Hewitt, U. S. Court of Federal
Claims; Chief Judge Mary Ellen Barbera, Court of Appeals for MD; Chief Judge Deborah Chasanow,
U.S. District Court, District of MD; behind her: Former Judge Delawrence Beard, Montgomery
County Circuit Court, Maryland; Chief Judge Eric Washington, District of Columbia Court of
Appeals; Former Chief Judge Robert Bell, Court of Appeals for MD.)
October 9-13, 2013
New Orleans, Louisiana
U.S. Attorney General Eric H. Holder, Jr. to speak at Thursday's Keynote Luncheon
The Optional Visit to the Louisiana Correctional Institute for Women will now take place on
Wednesday, October 9th from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. All visitors must complete
and provide a photocopy of a picture ID to Veronica Collins at the Louisiana Supreme Court,
no later than September 24.
For more details and a view on all updates to the conference agenda click
You can still register!
here, or download and fax
this registration form.
Reservations at The Ritz Carlton and neighboring Marriott
Courtyard New Orleans Downtown/Iberville are no longer available.
Book Drive for the Louisiana Correctional
Institute for Women
District Six established a book drive for the Louisiana Correctional Institute for Women.
Pictured among the books at the prison library is Library Supervisor Sergeant Tasheba LaBlanc.
You can participate by purchasing a book for the prison library at amazon.com. Click
to reach their Amazon wishlist.
Chief Justice Bernette Joshua Johnson
2013 NAWJ JUSTICE JOAN DEMPSEY KLEIN
HONOREE OF THE YEAR
The recipient of this year's Justice Joan Dempsey Klein Honoree of the Year award is Louisiana Supreme
Court Chief Justice Bernette Joshua Johnson. The Justice Joan Dempsey Klein Award is given each year
to honor a judge who brings distinction to their office, and promotes the Association's goals as
exemplified by NAWJ's founder Justice Joan Dempsey Klein. The Award will be presented Thursday, October 10
during the Keynote Luncheon of NAWJ's Annual Conference in New Orleans.
The Honorable Bernette Joshua Johnson is the first African-American Chief Justice of the Louisiana Supreme
Court. Chief Justice Johnson is recognized as a trailblazer and role model, who brings a unique perspective
to the bench that is informed by principles of justice and equality. Chief Justice Johnson was elected to
serve on the Louisiana Supreme Court in 1994, and was re-elected, without opposition, in 2000 and 2010.
As the senior justice on the Court, she was sworn in as Chief Justice on February 1, 2013. As Chief Justice,
she chairs the Louisiana Judicial Council and the Human Resources Committee, and is a member of the Judicial
Budgetary Control Board. Chief Justice Johnson has also served as the court's appointee on the Council of the
Louisiana State Law Institute, and as a member of the Court's Legal Services Task Force and the National
Campaign on Best Practices in the area of Racial and Ethnic Fairness in the Courts. Chief Justice Johnson
has worked closely with the Court's Mandatory Continuing Legal Education Committee and the Committee on Bar Admissions.
Chief Justice Johnson's story begins after graduating as valedictorian of Walter L. Cohen High School in New
Orleans and attending Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia on an academic scholarship, where she received a
Bachelor of Arts degree. She received an Honorary Doctorate in Law from Spelman College at commencement services
in April, 2001. She was one of the first African-American women to attend the Paul M. Hebert Law Center at
Louisiana State University, where she received her Juris Doctorate degree in 1969. She was honored by her
law school in 1996, and was inducted into the LSU Law Center's Hall of Fame, where her portrait now hangs.
For much of her life, Chief Justice Johnson has worked as an advocate for social justice, civil rights, and
community organizing. During the 1960's, she worked as a community organizer with the National Association
for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), Legal Defense & Educational Fund. She worked with community
groups in Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Louisiana, disseminating
information about recent school desegregation decisions, and encouraging parents to take advantage of newly
desegregated schools. She later used these skills to help organize household workers receive Social Security
benefits and a minimum wage.
To continue reading about Chief Justice Johnson click here.
Justice Joan K. Irion
2013 NAWJ JUSTICE VAINO SPENCER
LEADERSHIP AWARD HONOREE
The recipient of this year's Justice Vaino Spencer Leadership Award is California Court of Appeal
Justice Joan K. Irion. The Justice Vaino Spencer Leadership Award recognizes Justice Irion's
outstanding leadership that promotes the vision, core values and mission of NAWJ. She is the
creator and driving force of NAWJ's Informed Voters/Fair Judges Project to educate citizens on the
judicial system and the role of judges in maintaining fair and impartial courts. The Award will be
presented Saturday, October 12 during the Annual Gala Banquet of NAWJ's Annual Conference in New Orleans.
The Honorable Joan K. Irion was appointed to the Fourth District Court of Appeal, Division One, in
September 2003. She was found to be exceptionally well-qualified for the position of Associate Justice
by the California State Bar Judicial Nominees Evaluation Commission and was unanimously confirmed at a
public hearing of the Commission on Judicial Appointments. Before appointment to the Court of Appeal,
Justice Irion served as a San Diego County Superior Court Judge.
Justice Irion devotes substantial time to the improvement of the courts, judicial education and community
outreach efforts. She is vice-chair of the Judicial Services Advisory Committee to the California
Judicial Council and is a frequent lecturer at judicial education courses. Justice Irion was also
instrumental in designing and implementing the high school education program for the December 2004
San Diego Special Session of the California Supreme Court.
Justice Irion received her undergraduate degree, with high honors, from the University of California,
Davis in 1974. Two years later, she earned her masters degree in the field of public administration,
with highest honors, from San Diego State University. In 1979, she received her law degree from the
University of California, Davis, School of Law. From 1978-1979, she served as Managing Editor for its Law Review.
After graduating from law school, Justice Irion entered private practice as a civil litigator, where
she would remain for more than twenty years until her appointment to the Superior Court of San Diego
County. She specialized in representing clients before taxing agencies and litigating tax matters in
the trial and appellate courts. She also gained substantial experience in litigating general business,
insurance and employment disputes. She was a shareholder in the law firm of Heller Ehrman White and
McAuliffe from 1988, and its managing shareholder in the San Diego office from 1998 until her judicial appointment.
To continue reading about Justice Irion click here.
Professor Sally Kenney
2013 NAWJ FLORENCE K. MURRAY AWARD HONOREE
The recipient of this year's Florence K. Murray Award is Tulane University's Newcomb College Endowed
Chair Professor Sally Kenney. The Florence K. Murray Award was instituted by its namesake to recognize
someone other than a judge who has influenced women to pursue legal careers, opened doors for women
attorneys, or advance opportunities for women within the legal profession. The Award will be presented
Saturday, October 12 during the Annual Gala Banquet of NAWJ's Annual Conference in New Orleans.
A native of Iowa, Professor Kenney earned her a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Iowa,
a B.A. and M.A. in Politics, Philosophy, and Economics from Magdalene College, Oxford, and an M.A. and
Ph.D. in Politics from Princeton University. From 1989-1995, she held a joint appointment in Political
Science, Women's Studies, and Law at the University of Iowa. She served on the faculty at the University
of Minnesota's Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs from 1995-2009 where she also directed the
Center on Women and Public Policy. She joined Tulane University in 2010 as the first Newcomb College
Endowed Chair, the executive director of the Newcomb College Institute, and a Professor of Political Science.
Her research interests include gender and judging, judicial selection, feminist social movements, women
and electoral politics, the European Court of Justice, exclusionary employment policies, and pregnancy
discrimination. Her latest book is Gender and Justice: Why Women in the Judiciary Really Matter (2013).
She teaches Women Leading Change, the third-year course for Newcomb Scholars, as well as service learning
courses on the politics of rape and domestic violence.
She has produced more than twenty-five teaching case studies on women and public policy and intends to
continue such work. She is currently studying women state supreme court justices, and advocating for
more women jurists. Her next research project involves working with women in prison; tackling the gender
issues arising from mass incarceration; seeking clemency for battered women; and developing service
learning courses with incarcerated women.
Judge Tamila Ebrahimi Ipema
2013 MATTIE BELLE DAVIS AWARD HONOREE
The recipient of this year's Mattie Belle Davis Award is California Superior Court (San Diego County)
Judge Tamila Ebrahimi Ipema. Judge Ipema chaired the first Color of Justice and MentorJet program for
the National Association of Women Judges in San Diego in 2011. The third Annual Color of Justice Program
is scheduled to be held in San Diego on October 24, 2013, and will continue each year.
Judge Ipema is the co-chair for the NAWJ's 2014 Annual Conference also taking place in San Diego,
in October of 2014.
The Hon. Tamila Ebrahimi Ipema was born and raised in Tehran, Iran. She received her Bachelor's
degree in English Literature from Damavand College in Tehran in 1978. In August 1978, Judge Ipema
came to the U.S. in pursuit of higher education. She received a Master's degree in Humanities and
English in 1985, and her J.D. in 1988 from the University of Louisville in Kentucky. Judge Ipema
received her LL.M. degree in International and Comparative Law from Georgetown University School of Law in 1994.
Judge Ipema worked as an immigration defense attorney before accepting a position with the U.S.
Department of Justice as Assistant District Counsel for the Immigration and Naturalization Service,
serving as a trial attorney in Los Angeles, Arlington, and Baltimore for a period of five years.
From 2000 to 2005, Judge Ipema served as a judicial research attorney, and also as a supervising
research attorney for the Los Angeles Superior Court.
In 2005, the Judges of the Los Angeles Superior Court appointed her to the position of Los Angeles
Superior Court Commissioner. She presided over small claims, traffic, misdemeanor, unlawful detainer,
and family law matters in Los Angeles County. In 2008, the Judges of the San Diego Superior Court
appointed Judge Ipema to the position of San Diego Superior Court Commissioner. There, she presided
over small claims, unlawful detainer, traffic, and misdemeanor matters.
In 2009, Judge Ipema was appointed by California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to the position of
Judge of the San Diego Superior Court, and from 2009 to 2011, she presided over family law in the
Vista Courthouse. Since 2012, she has been presiding over criminal trials in Vista and Chula Vista Courthouses.
Judge Ipema was Seminar Leader at B.E. Witkin Judicial College (a 2-week program) from 2007 through
2011, and a seminar leader at the New Judge Orientation (1-week program) in 2011. She also designed
courses as a member of the Studio video working group for the California Judicial Education, serving
as co-faculty for a video course in 2011 entitled "Welcome to Family Law," an educational program for
Judges new to family law. Since 2009, she has taught several courses per year on Judicial
Conduct/Demeanor/Fairness/Self-Monitoring for Bias/ADA to temporary judges in San Diego. In addition,
Judge Ipema trained temporary judges in Los Angeles on the above subjects as well as other topics,
including small claims and civil non-jury trials from 2006 to 2008. From 2008 to 2011, she was an
instructor at the Judicial Research Attorney Institute.
Judge Ipema was a Judicial Master at Fiorenzo V. Lopardo Inns of Court, Chapter 303 in Vista in 2009
and 2010. She was also appointed by the Chief Justice of California Supreme Court, Chief Justice Tani
Gorre Cantil-Sakauye, to the Judicial Council's Access and Fairness Advisory Committee. She is a member
of the Racial and Ethnic Fairness Advisory Subcommittee, as well as the Collaborative Courts subcommittee.
She is a member of the Education Committee at the San Diego Superior Court.
Justice Patricia Ann Hurst
NAWJ NORMA WICKLER
EXCELLENCE IN SERVCE AWARD HONOREE
This year, NAWJ will recognize Rhode Island Superior Court Justice Patricia Ann Hurst with the Norma
Wickler Excellence in Service Award. The Award will be presented Thursday, October 10 during the
Keynote Luncheon of NAWJ's Annual Conference in New Orleans.
The Honorable Patricia Ann Hurst has been a member of the National Association of Women Judges and
the International Association of Women Judges since 2003. She served as Deputy District Director for
District One for three years before joining the NAWJ Board of Directors and Executive Committee as
Treasurer. Justice Hurst served as NAWJ's Treasurer for two terms, during 2008-09 and 2009-10.
She regularly serves on one or more NAWJ committees each year and has served on the Education,
Membership Outreach and Retention, International Outreach, Women in Prison, and By-Laws committees.
She regularly serves on the Audit and Compliance and the Finance committees and is currently Chair
of the Audit and Compliance Committee. Together with the Audit Committee, Justice Hurst oversees
the annual audit process and preparation of NAWJ's annual federal tax return. She regularly reports
to the leadership on both matters to ensure that NAWJ remains in compliance with recognized standards
of good governance for non-profit corporations and with state and federal regulatory requirements.
Justice Hurst also has been influential in developing significant NAWJ policies, ranging from document
retention to contract authority and investment policies.
Justice Hurst has over thirty-five years of legal training and experience, twenty-three of them as
a trial court judge presiding over civil and criminal jury trials in the State of Rhode Island Superior Court.
After graduating with a degree in political science with a concentration in the economics of
emerging nations, and after law school at Suffolk University Law School in Boston, Massachusetts,
Justice Hurst began her legal career in general trial practice. Her trial practice included federal
and state multi-party and complex litigation; civil rights litigation on behalf of unlawfully
detained children; family law; advocacy on behalf of domestic violence victims; and civil trials. Since
taking the bench in 1990 as an Associate Justice of the State of Rhode Island Superior Court, Justice
Hurst's assignments have included presiding over complex civil discovery proceedings and civil trials
including gender based employment discrimination, civil rights cases, and cases involving highly
technical scientific evidence.
Throughout her legal career, Justice Hurst has been active in legal education. She taught criminal law,
evidence and civil procedure at what is now Roger Williams University Law School located in Bristol,
Rhode Island. She frequently speaks at local and national educational programs for judges, attorneys,
expert witnesses, and students (secondary, college, and law school) on topics that include trial
practice and procedure, evidence, ethics, family law including the rights of young adults and children,
sexual harassment, and discrimination. She also is an author and editor of Massachusetts Continuing
Legal Education Inc.'s award winning publication, "Rhode Island Discovery Practice," a publication that
in 2011 won the top "best publication" award from the Association for Continuing Legal Education (ACLEA),
an international association serving the CLE profession worldwide through leadership, education, and
development. Justice Hurst also is co-author and editor of another soon to be published Mandatory
Continuing Legal Education practice series. She also co-authored Rhode Island's first model civil
jury instructions which was first copyrighted and published in 1998 and is now in its second edition.
She also has served on the Editorial Board for the Rhode Island Bar Association.
Justice Hurst is married with two adult step children.
The NAWJ Nominating Committee has
Announced its Slate for NAWJ Officer Positions for 2013-2014
The Slate for the 2013-2014 Board of Directors:
Hon. Anna Blackburne-Rigsby
(Automatically assumes office)
District of Columbia Court of Appeals
Hon. Julie E. Frantz
Multnomah County Circuit Court
Vice President, Districts
Hon. Lisa S. Walsh
Circuit Court for the Eleventh Judicial Circuit
Vice President, Publications
Hon. Ariane Vuono
Massachusetts Appeals Court
Hon. Marcella A. Holland
Circuit Court for Baltimore City
Hon. Diana Becton
Superior Court of California, Contra Costa County
Hon. Ann Walsh Bradley
Wisconsin Supreme Court
The members of the Nominating Committee include:
, Hon. Amy L. Nechtem, Massachusetts Juvenile Court
Hon. Carol Beier, Kansas Supreme Court, Topeka
Hon. Bernice Bouie Donald, U.S. Court of Appeal, Sixth District, Cincinnati, OH
Hon. Carol Feinman, New York City Civil Court, Kings County, NY
Hon. Katherine Hansen, 36th District Court, Detroit, MI
Hon. Gladys Kessler, U.S. District Court, District of Columbia
Hon. Brenda Stith Loftin, St. Louis County Circuit Court, MO
Hon. Irma Lopez-Defillo, Immigration Court, Guaynabo, Puerto Rico
Hon. Judith McConnell, Court of Appeal, San Diego, CA
Hon. Ellen Rosenblum, (Ret) Oregon Attorney General, Salem, Oregon
Hon. Norma Shapiro, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
Save The Date
March 12-15, 2014
NAWJ Midyear Meeting
and Leadership Conference
NAWJ's 2014 Midyear Meeting and Leadership Conference will be held in Washington, D.C. at
The Westin Georgetown from March 12-15, 2014. Save the date!
Join the Planning Committee
Volunteer for NAWJ's Committee for the 2016
IAWJ 13th Biennial International Conference
NAWJ is beginning to set up a Planning Committee for the 2016 IAWJ Biennial Conference, which
IAWJ has selected NAWJ to host in Washington D.C. The dates of the Biennial Conference will be
May 26-29, 2016. (Thursday through Sunday of Memorial Day weekend in 2016).
If you are interested in serving on the 2016 IAWJ Biennial Planning Committee, please notify
Mary-Kathleen Todd of your interest and any volunteer preferences. Ms. Todd may be reached by
email at email@example.com.
Last Chance to Send News and Articles for the Next Counterbalance
Winter Issue Theme: "Children and the Law"
The deadline is October 7 for non-conference related materials.
The deadline for Annual Conference photos and materials is October 18.
Counterbalance informs and connects our members
around the country by featuring news and information which highlights NAWJ's educational
programs and activities. Consider sharing news from your jurisdiction with fellow colleagues
in the newsletter. If you know of women judges in your state who have been recently elected,
appointed, promoted or honored, let us know. If you have articles, announcements, book reviews,
or events that you would like included in Counterbalance,
please pass them along as well. NAWJ will also publish essays and articles of interest which are in accord with our mission.
Look for the Winter issue in late November 2013/early December with news on NAWJ's 2014
Midyear in Washington, D.C. Those interested in submitting material should do so by emailing
all text and picture files to Lavinia Cousin at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Justice Sandra Day O'Connor's Advice: 'Just Do It'
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Writes on Justice Sandra Day O'Connor
As part of its Women Rule series, POLITICO published U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's
essay on her former colleague Justice Sandra Day O'Connor. The essay appeared in POLTICO's
September 25 issue, but you can read it online
Women in the Life and Law of the D.C. Circuit Courts
NAWJ Members and Other Judicial Dignitaries Discuss Life in Law
The Historical Society of the District of Columbia Circuit
has just posted the video of "Women in the Life and Law of the D.C. Circuit Courts," the well-attended and
well-received program the Society sponsored in June. Led by the moderator, Professor Barbara Babcock,
panelists Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Judge Gladys Kessler, Judge Royce Lamberth, Nancy Mayer-Whittington,
Michele Roberts, Judge Patricia Wald, and Helgi Walker assessed the role of women in the life and law
of the Courts. In so doing, they described their professional and personal experiences while providing
insights into the participation of women in the Courts of the Circuit, hurdles encountered and remaining,
and the impact of women participating in increasing numbers in the judicial process.
Watch the entire program at www.dcchs.org. Scroll
down to "What's New" on the right. Click on "Watch the Society's June 2013 program."
Remarks from Hon. Gladys Kessler Upon Reception of
the ABA's 2013 Margaret Brent Award
On Sunday, August 11, 2013 in the ballroom of the Moscone West Convention Center in San Francisco,
the ABA presented its 2013 Margaret Brent Awards. One of those recognized was NAWJ's third President (1982-83),
District Court Judge Gladys Kessler. Click
here to read her remarks. Judge Kessler sits on the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.
Others recognized included: Honorable Mazie K. Hirono, Senator, U.S. Congress, Honolulu, HI; Sara Holtz,
Founder & CEO, ClientFocus, San Francisco, CA; Marygold Shire Melli, Voss-Bascom Professor Emerita,
University of Wisconsin Law School, Madison, WI; and Therese M. Stewart, Chief Deputy City Attorney,
City and County of San Francisco, San Francisco, CA.
Early-bird registration open until December 31, 2013!
Early-bird registration is now open for the International Association of Women Judges'
12th Biennial International Conference - Justice For All.
The Conference will be held in Arusha, Tanzania from May 5 - 9, 2014. The event is an inspirational, professional
and personal opportunity to learn from and connect with IAWJ members from around the world.
Early-bird registration fee is available until December 31, 2013.
We hope that you will take advantage of this opportunity and register early! Many people are
already making their travel arrangements and planning personal safaris to tour incredible sites
such as the Ngorongoro Crater, the Serengeti, Tarangire, and the Kilimanjaro Mountain and
discover exotic Tanzanian wildlife.
You can find more information about the conference, the agenda, special hotel rates, member
organized and licensed tour listings and visa information on the
We anticipate a great turnout and look forward to seeing you there!
Pre 2014 IAWJ Conference Tour Offerings-Private Tours
Review the Revised Itinerary for South Africa
A South Africa trip designed for women judges on their way to Tanzania for the 2014 IAWJ Biennial Conference
in Arusha is being planned by Judge Bev Cutler (U.S.) through Stanford University Educational Travel. If at
least 10 travelers sign up, the trip will go forward. The approximate dates are April 26 - May 5. The
tour guide will primarily speak English, and will focus on persons and places of interest to women judges.
It will include a three-day safari. Click
here to read the package of information. Contact Judge Cutler at
email@example.com for more information.
ARUSHA, NGORONGORO CRATER, SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK
NAWJ Past President and active member Hon. Carolyn Temin has collaborated with
Premier Tours to create an exciting tour for IAWJ conference attendees. It will
require 10 participants in order to keep the price as quoted. It will begin and
end at a hotel in Arusha where you can stay for the entire conference. Participants
will be able to store their luggage at the hotel and not take it on the safari.
Land arrangements (including flights in Tanzania): $3755.00 per person sharing,
approximate. This price is based on ten people traveling together. Should the number
of participants decrease, Premier Tours reserves the right to adjust prices accordingly.
here to read the complete announcement. If you have any questions please call Judge
Temin at (267) 577-3401 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please note that these will be private, non-NAWJ trips.
NAWJ 35th Annual Conference will take
place October 9-13, 2013 at
The Ritz Carlton
in New Orleans, Louisiana. More information above.
NAWJ's 2014 Midyear Meeting and Leadership Conference will be held in Washington, D.C. at
The Westin Georgetown from March 12-15, 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. Dates are yet to be determined.
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.