NAWJ Monthly Update October 2015

Written by National Association of Women Judges|October 01, 2015|Monthly Update Archive

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October 2015

In This Issue:
Announcement and Notice of Nominations for
ABA House of Delegates Representative

Background: The current bylaw - Article VIII: Representatives of Other Organizations requires the NAWJ representative to the House of Delegates be 1) an ABA member and 2) a current or past officer (as defined under Article IX: Officers) or either the current or past Chair of the Finance or the Projects Committee.

The proposed amendment to this bylaw is scheduled to be presented at the Business Meeting at the Annual Conference on October 10. The proposed amendment increases the eligibility to any current or former member of the Board of Directors (in essence expands the eligibility to include all former and current District Directors, and any current or former International Director, provided the candidate is a current ABA member.)

The proposed amendment to Article VIII requires a majority vote of those in attendance at the annual Meeting, once a quorum has been established, in accordance with Article XIV, Section 2.

Note: The notice of this proposed Bylaws amendment was published to the membership on September 8, 2015. Attached to this email is the proposed Amendment to Article VIII, showing the changes.

Further note: The Board of Directors at the Midyear Board Meeting on April 25th voted to approve the Hon. Toni Clarke to serve as Interim NAWJ Representative to the ABA House of Delegates to take the place of the Honorable Norma Shapiro. Judge Clarke has so served, attending the ABA House of Delegates meeting at the ABA Annual Meeting in August, 2015 in Chicago. The Interim Delegate is not precluded from serving as the 'permanent' delegate if the eligibility criteria is met under the Bylaws, and her name is placed in nomination.

Since it will not be known if the proposed revision to Article VIII Bylaw will pass until the Business Meeting scheduled for Saturday, October 10, 2015, the Nominating Committee, Chaired by the Honorable Anna Blackburne-Rigsby, will meet immediately after the vote to present the nominee to the membership in attendance, and in accordance with the procedural rules, also accept nominations from the floor.

Thus, it is necessary to open the nominations to 1) those who would be eligible under the current Article VIII Bylaw, and 2) to those who would be eligible under the proposed (revised) Bylaw, the specifics of which are above described.

The nomination of another, or a self-nomination, must be emailed no later than the close of Wednesday, October 7, 2015, to the Honorable Anna Blackburne-Rigsby, Chair of the Nominating Committee, with a cc to Marie Komisar and to me, Julie Frantz, NAWJ President. You must indicate if the nominee falls within the criteria set forth in the current bylaw, or would be eligible only if the proposed revision to the bylaw passes, or is eligible for consideration under both the current and proposed Bylaw.

Please place in the subject line: NAWJ ABA House of Delegate Nomination. Email to Hon. Anna Blackburne-Rigsby at and Marie Komisar at and Julie Frantz: at

NAWJ 37th Annual Conference
October 7-11, 2015 • Salt Lake City, Utah
Grand America Hotel

(Download and read the conference guide)

$525 for Members who are First-Time Attendees
$595 for NAWJ Members ($550 Earlybird rate until April 25, 2015)
$695 for Non-Member Attendees
$575 Guest Rate for Spouse and Children of Attendees ($550 Earlybird rate until April 25, 2015)

Register online here, or download and fax this registration form. Email form to Sharon De Castro

Please contact the Grand America Hotel.
Our room block has been filled.

Salt Lake City Conference Planners Join with Utah Department of Corrections
to Bring Needed Books and Resources to Women in Prison

Here is the link to the drive's Amazon wish list:

For the past six years, annual conference planners have looked to conference attendees, and members who could not attend, for support of local women in prison. There are currently 101 items on the list you can access through the link above. Take a moment and review the list assembled by Christie Jensen, Library Director of the Utah Department of Corrections. Buy a book, or several, that would brighten the minds and hearts of women looking to stay connected and knowledgeable of themselves and the larger world around them.

For those attending the conference in Salt Lake City, consider bringing personal books to donate. The information table will be happy to receive them.

Sign Up for Optional Excursions During the
NAWJ Salt Lake Annual Conference


WILDERNESS HIKE: Dog Lake Trail, Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest
Wednesday, October 7 • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Twenty (20) attendees may attend this beautiful hike. Dog Lake Trail is a 6 mile out and back trail located near Salt Lake City, Utah that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Please email if you want to attend. Possible $15 shuttle fee.


OPTIONAL EXCURSION: "Music and the Spoken Word" performed by the Mormon Tabernacle Choice
Sunday, October 11 • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Forty (40) attendees may attend the live performance of 'Music and the Spoken Word' featuring the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. The performance starts at 9:30 a.m. Guests must be seated by 9:15 a.m., when the doors are closed. The broadcast is 30 minutes long and ends at 10:00 a.m. Please email if you want to attend.

Federal Bar Association
will hold Annual FBA Federal Litigation Conference
and Securities Law and AML Conference in October

On October 27, 2015 federal judges and court practitioners will meet in Washington, D.C. to discuss the latest issues in federal practice. Join the Federal Bar Association (FBA)'s Federal Litigation Section as it explores federal litigation including programs on jurisdictional and venue traps, admissibility of electronic and social media evidence, and the latest issues impacting federal litigators with respect to cyber security and data breaches. For more details, click here. Download the Litigation Registration Form here.

On October 20, 2015 the FBA will offer a full day of CLE discussions covering high profile securities law decisions, priorities, and policies as well as recent AML enforcement actions. Enjoy multiple networking opportunities, including a luncheon with featured speaker Hon. Loretta A. Preska, Chief Judge, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. For more details, click here. Download the Securities and AML Registration Form here.

NAWJ member and Meeting Planning Committee member Judge Cara Lee Neville (4th Judicial District Court, MN), invites you to attend the ABA's Section of International Law's 2015 Fall Meeting in Montreal, Canada from October 20-24, 2015. Planners anticipate over 1,100 leading attorneys, corporate counsel, government officials, academics and NGO lawyers for three days of networking and programming on the latest international legal and ethics issues.

The 2015 Fall Meeting will offer you:

  • Over 65 cutting edge panel sessions examining this year's theme: Globalization and the Importance of Law, Language and Culture. Plus, an entire year's worth of U.S. CLE/Canadian CPD.
  • Interactive programming covering dispute resolution, legal and regulatory issues, business and finance, human rights, sports and entertainment, trade and the impact of culture on law and business.
  • Exclusive networking opportunities each day including twice daily networking breaks, a home hospitality night, receptions at Cirque Eloize, the Montreal Science Center- The Belvedere, a relaxed reception featuring Canadian cuisine and beer tasting, and a Friday night after-hours reception.

The full conference agenda is available online here. Please visit for more information and to register.

Register now and save! Discounted Early Bird rates expire September 8. Registration rates are further discounted for young lawyers (35 years and under), full time government and NGO employees, academics, law students, corporate counsel, solo / small practice and retired attorneys.

NAWJ 2015-2015 Board of Directors Nomination Slate

In accordance with the NAWJ Bylaws, the Nominating Committee presents the following Nomination Slate for the 2015-2016 Board of Directors:

Hon. Lisa S. Walsh, Civil Division, Circuit Court for the Eleventh Judicial Circuit, Miami, Florida
(automatically assumes office)

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

Vice President, Districts
Hon. Tamila Ipema, Superior Court of California, San Diego County

Vice President, Publications
Hon. Beverly Winslow Cutler, Alaska Court System, 3rd Judicial District

Hon. Tanya R. Kennedy, New York State Supreme Court, New York County

Hon. Joy Cossich Lobrano, Fourth Circuit Court of Appeal, Louisiana

International Director
Hon. Lisette Shirdan-Harris, Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas, Pennsylvania

The Nominating Committee includes:
Chair, Hon. Anna Blackburne-Rigsby, District of Columbia Court of Appeals
Hon. Bernice Donald, U.S. District Court, Western District of Tennessee
Hon. Fernande R.V. Duffly, Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court
Hon. Dana Fabe, Alaska Supreme Court
Hon. Jennifer Gee, U.S. Department of Labor, California
Hon. Marcella A. Holland, Circuit Court for Baltimore City, Maryland (Retired)
Hon. Gladys Kessler, U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
Hon. Brenda Stith Loftin, St. Louis County Circuit Court, Missouri (Retired)
Hon. Amy L. Nechtem, Administrative Office of the Juvenile Court, Massachusetts
Hon. Bea Ann Smith, Third Court of Appeals, Texas (Retired)
Hon. Vanessa Ruiz, District of Columbia Court of Appeals

Economics Institutes for Judges' Upcoming Programs
at George Mason University School of Law in Arlington, VA

The Economics Institutes for Judges is offering education program to be held Sunday, November 8 through Friday, November 13, 2015, at George Mason University School of Law in Arlington, Virginia.

Click here for more information on November's programs.

Please do not hesitate to contact the program's Judicial Education Program assistant, Cristina Minniti, us with any questions. She can be reached at or at (703) 993-8008.

Informed Voters (IVP) Produces Videos for Use in Fair Courts Presentations

Florida State Co-Chair Justice Barbara Pariente, along with another San Diego Conference panelist Annette Boyd Pitts, produced for the NAWJ's Informed Voters-Fair Judges Project the following video clips for use in members' fair courts presentations:

A Fair and Impartial Judiciary: Segment 1
A Fair and Impartial Judiciary: Segment 2
A Fair and Impartial Judiciary: Segment 3

Check them out by right-clicking on each segment for view. For more information contact:

Annette Boyd Pitts, Executive Director •
The Florida Law Related Education Association, Inc
2930 Kerry Forest Parkway, Suite 202
Tallahassee, Florida 32309 •

Landmark Sponsor GEICO

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Calendar of Programs and Events

NAWJ's New York Chapter will present a panel on issues unique to women attorneys as part of launching a Career Clothes Closet Networking program on October 6 from 5:00-8:00 pm at the University of Buffalo Law School. Contact: Judge Shirley Troutman at

NAWJ will hold its 37th Annual Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah from October 7-11, 2015.

NAWJ District Four will hold its 2015 Leadership Conference to honor Hon. Barbara Keenan (U.S. Court of Appeals, Retired) with the Edna G. Parker Award, and highlight speaker Tonier Cain from October 30-31 at the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay in Cambridge, MD. Contact: Judge Sherrie Krauser at


The International Association of Women Judges Biennial will be hosted in the United States by the National Association of Women Judges in Washington D.C. from May 26-29, 2016.

NAWJ 37th Annual Conference will take place in Seattle, Washington from October 5-9, 2016 at the Sheraton Seattle Hotel.

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