NAWJ Monthly Update October 2013

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October 2013

In This Issue:
Joan Churchill - September 26, 2013

(Photo: Vice President Joe Biden and Dr. Jill Biden flanking NAWJ President Joan Churchill and Executive Director Marie Komisar.)

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 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.)

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 here.

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.

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

New Highlights
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 this form, 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 here.

You can still register!
Register online 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 Click here
to reach their Amazon wishlist.

Chief Justice Bernette Joshua Johnson

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

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

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

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

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
Washington, D.C.

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

Vice President, Districts
Hon. Lisa S. Walsh
Circuit Court for the Eleventh Judicial Circuit
Miami, Florida

Vice President, Publications
Hon. Ariane Vuono
Massachusetts Appeals Court
Boston, Massachusetts

Hon. Marcella A. Holland
Circuit Court for Baltimore City
Baltimore, Maryland

Hon. Diana Becton
Superior Court of California, Contra Costa County
Martinez, California

International Director
Hon. Ann Walsh Bradley
Wisconsin Supreme Court
Madison, Wisconsin

The members of the Nominating Committee include:
Chair, 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

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

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 here.

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 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 IAWJ website.

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 for more information.

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. Click here to read the complete announcement. If you have any questions please call Judge Temin at (267) 577-3401 or email her at

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.

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