Committees

Committees



ADA COMPLIANCE POLICY

Committee Chair:

Hon. Marilyn G. Paja

Members:

Hon. Anne Elizabeth Barnes

Hon. Patricia A. Broderick


ADMINISTRATIVE JUDICIARY

The Administrative Judiciary committee ensures that administrative law judges at all levels are included and reflected in all aspects of NAWJ membership, leadership, networking, and educational programming.  The committee also ensures that proposed legislation and other issues impacting Administrative Judiciaries are fully addressed by the Executive Committee, Board of Directors.

Committee Chairs:

Hon. Margaret A. Mangan

Hon. Emily Chafa

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ANNUAL CONFERENCE PLANNING

Committee Chair:

Hon. Eliozabeth Allen White

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ANNUAL CONFERENCE SITE SELECTION

The Conference Site Selection committee researches, works with local NAWJ leaders, and recommends and secures agreement for the Board for future venues for the Annual Conference.

Committee Chair:

Hon. Marcella Holland

Hon.  Margaret Laird Carter

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AUDIT AND COMPLIANCE

The Audit and Compliance committee assists the Board of Directors in monitoring the organization’s financial statements, compliance with legal and regulatory requirements, and independence and performance of internal and external compliance of directors and auditors. It develops and monitors policies and procedures for avoidance of Director conflict of interest and other policies to keep the organization in compliance with current standards for governance. The committee also monitors the annual audit process, preparation of annual tax return, and assists in the presentation of the annual audit and tax return to Board of Directors.

Committee Chairs:

Hon. Susan Owens

Hon. Sandra Robinson


AWARDS

The Awards committee elects recipients of the Honoree of the Year Joan Dempsey Klein Award, and the Florence K. Murray Award.

Committee Chair:

Hon. Ariane Vuono

Hon. Cindy Davis

Members:

Hon. Dana Fabe

Hon. Holly Fujie

Hon. Debra James

Hon. Brenda Loftin

Hon. Vanessa Ruiz


BYLAWS

The Bylaws Committee provides the Board of Directors with advice to the history, interpretation, and meaning of the bylaws, prepares and drafts new and amended bylaws for the Board’s consideration, and advises the Board on the application of bylaws.

Committee Chair:

Hon. Julie Frantz

Hon. Nan Duffly

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DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

The Domestic Violence committee explores, develops, and presents NAWJ judicial educational programs relating to issues of domestic violence.

Committee Chairs:

Hon. Gayle Peron

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ETHICS

The Ethics committee identifies, researches, and provides guidance on ethical questions and serves as a resource to members seeking information on ethical issues. The committee also researches and provides recommendations to the NAWJ Board of Directors regarding ethical issues deemed appropriate by the Board for comment or recommendation.

Committee Chair:

Hon. Tam Nomoto Schumann

Hon. Laura Whitcomb Halgren

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FAIRNESS AND ACCESS

The Fairness and Access committee recommends steps necessary to ensure diversity in the justice system primarily with respect to women, but also as to minorities and the LGBT community, and ensures that the system provides fair and equal access, opportunity and treatment to all sectors of the community.

Committee Chairs:

Hon. Holly Fujie

Hon. Terrie Roberts

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FEDERAL JUDGES

The Federal Judges committee ensures that federal judges and magistrates are included and reflected in all aspects of NAWJ membership, leadership, networking, educational programming, and other activities. The committee ensures that proposed legislation and other issues impacting the federal judiciary are effectively addressed by the Executive Committee and Board.

Committee Chairs:

Hon. Mary M. Schroeder

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FINANCE

The Finance committee supports the Finance chair, who is appointed at an Annual Meeting for a two-year term by the President in consultation with the President-Elect. The committee oversees collections, deposits, and monitors project grant funds to ensure funds are segregated, all proper accounting procedures are followed, and oversees the investments of the organization.

Committee Chair:

Hon. Heidi Pasichow

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GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS/CONGRESSIONAL WOMEN'S CAUCUS


Committee Chairs:

Hon. Marcella Holland

Hon. Anita Josey-Herring

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HISTORY

The History Book Update committee is an ad-hoc committee that oversees the update of NAWJ’s History Book.

Committee Chair:

Hon. Anna Blackburne-Rigsby


HUMAN TRAFFICKING

The Human Trafficking committee works toward eliminating human trafficking, especially women and children trafficked for sexual and labor exploitation.

Committee Chair:

Hon. Ann Breen Greco

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IMMIGRATION

Committee Chair:

Hon. Joan Churchill

Hon. Renee Renner

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INFORMED VOTERS - FAIR JUDGES PROJECT

Committee Chairs:

Linda Leali

Hon. Tani S. Cantil-Sakayue

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INTERNATIONAL OUTREACH

The International Outreach committee ensures that NAWJ is well-informed about international law and related issues, educates members on these issues, and provides commentary when appropriate. The committee seeks to maximize participation of women judges in international tribunals, the International Association of Women Judges, and other internationally-oriented bodies.

COMMITTEE CHAIR:

Hon. Linda Strite Murnane

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INTERNATIONAL PARENTAL ABDUCTION LIAISON NETWORK

The International Parental Abduction Liaison Network committee consists of NAWJ members with Hague Abduction Convention jurisdiction who are judicial trainers. The committee mentors and educates judges and provides the Board of Directors on international abduction issues and legislation.

Committee Chair:

Lynn Hecht Schafran, Esq.

Hon. Pamela Parker

Members:

Ms. Gassia Apkarian

Ms. Maria Puente-Porras


JUDICIAL EDUCATION / ACADEMIC NETWORK

The Judicial Education/Academic Network committee recommends to the Board of Directors and membership timely topics and subject matter for programs and assists in developing, and presenting judicial educational programs. In addition, the committee provides guidance in recording and preserving NAWJ history and archives.

Committee Chairs:

Annette Boyd Pitts

Professor Judith Resnik

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JUDICIAL INDEPENDENCE

The Judicial Independence committee works on issues relating to the independence of the judiciary, particularly as they affect women and minority judges. It oversees the Informed Voters - Fair Judges Project (IVP). The committee recommends appropriate communications with appointing authorities to maximize the number of women appointed/advanced to all judicial positions, and strategizes and develops approaches to gaining access to the positions which comprise those appointing authorities. This committee also assembles information and maintains a database to monitor the current status of all women judges in the United States and to use at presentations to further our mission on the advancement of women in the judiciary.

Committee Chairs:

Hon Robin Hudson

Hon. Debra Stephens

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JUVENILE JUSTICE AND CHILD WELFARE

The Juvenile Justice and Child Welfare committee ensures that NAWJ is well-informed about juvenile court initiatives that improve the lives of children and families; provides information on standards, practices, and effectiveness of the nation’s juvenile courts; explores, develops, and presents educational programs related to the wide range of juvenile justice and child welfare issues in courts and communities; and provides NAWJ with the National Council of Family and Juvenile Court Judges’ continuing education, research, publications, and technical assistances with respect to juvenile courts

Committee Chairs:

Hon. Joy Cossich Lobrano

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LAW SCHOOL OUTREACH

he mission of the Law School Outreach Committee is to build the pipeline to the judiciary by expanding NAWJ’s presence throughout the nation’s law schools hosting programs and strengthening relationships with law school deans, professors and students. NAWJ’s goal is to have a Law School Outreach Committee Co-Chair in each district. Please contact President Kennedy at nawjpresident@gmail.com if you are interested in serving as co-chair of this committee.

Committee Chairs:

Hon. Marylou Muirhead, District 1, Massachusetts

Hon. Lisa M. Fisher, District 2, Upstate New York

Hon. Debra James, District 2, New York City-Manhattan

Hon. Sally E. Unger, District 2, New York City-Queens

Hon. Bobbie McCartney, District 4, District of Columbia

Professor Tracy McCormack, District 11, Texas

Hon. Colleen Clark, District 12, Colorado

Hon. G. Helen Whitener, District 13, Washington

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LGBTQ

Committee Chair:

Hon. Kristi Rosi

Members:


MEDIA AND PUBLIC RELATIONS

Committee Chair:

Elaine Metlin

Hon. Tam Nomoto Schumann

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MEMBERSHIP OUTREACH AND RETENTION

The Membership Outreach and Retention committee ensures NAWJ includes members from each of the major judicial groups, helps to recruit and meet the special needs of each group, and formulates and implements a plan for membership recruitment and retention. The committee analyzes statistical data and other information that may assist in identifying issues relevant to retaining and increasing membership. The New Judges chairs sits participate on the Membership Committee with efforts to recruit and retain newer judges from all of these sectors. The committee should include both newer and more seasoned judges from across all major sectors of the judiciary develops and implements action plans (including the creation of substantive programming as well as mentoring and other initiatives), and guides NAWJ in addressing the needs of new judges in all sectors of the judiciary, including state, federal, military, tribal and administrative tribunals, at both the trial and appellate levels.

Membership Committee Chairs:

Hon. Holly Fujie

Hon. Kathy King

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MILITARY/VETERAN JUDGES

Committee Chair:

Hon. Kirsten Brunson

Hon. Linda Strite Murnane

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MOTHERS IN COURT

Committee Chair:

Renee Stackhouse

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NEW JUDGES

Committee Chair:

Hon. Jamoa Moberly

Members:


NOMINATING

The Nominating committee, chaired by the Immediate Past President, presents at least one nominee for each officer position.

Committee Chair:

Hon. Tanya Kennedy

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PERSONNEL

The Personnel committee reviews personnel matters and assess compensation levels and benefits at the direction of the President in consultation with the Executive Committee, and shall make periodic reports and recommendations as directed by the President to the Executive Committee for analysis and determination of any recommended action by the Board of Directors.

Committee Chair:

Hon. Elizabeth K. Lee

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PROJECTS (PROGRAMS)

The Projects committee assesses, supports and ensures broad replication of NAWJ programs. The committee also monitors the viability on an ongoing basis of both new and longstanding programs, and periodically tracks their presentations.

Committee Chair:

Hon. Pennie McLaughlin

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RESOLUTIONS

The Resolutions committee receives and reports on all resolutions proposed for adoption at the Annual Meeting and, in the interim, submits proposed resolutions on time-sensitive matters to the Executive Committee for adoption.

Committee Chair:

Hon. Mary M. Schroeder


RETIRED/SENIOR JUDGES

The Retired/Senior Judges committee seeks to maximize the membership and active participation in NAWJ of retired and senior judges. The committee promotes programing, networking, and other opportunities tailored to meet the needs and take advantage of the experience, perspective, and expertise of retired and senior judges.

Committee Chair:

Hon. Joan Churchill

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RURAL COURTS

The Rural Courts committee ensures that judges who sit in rural areas are fully included and reflected in NAWJ activities, and that the needs and interests of rural judges are reflected in NAWJ initiatives.

Committee Chair:

Hon. Beverly Winslow Cutler

Hon. Lora Ann Dyer

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STRATEGIC PLANNING AND SUSTAINABILITY

The Sustainability committee is an ad-hoc committee that advises on strategies to gain long-term financial sustainability for the organization.

Committee Chairs:

Hon. Anna Blackburne-Rigsby

Hon. Amy Nechtem

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WEBSITE

Committe Chair:

Hon. Karen Donohue

Members:

WOMEN IN PRISON

The Women in Prison committee disseminates information, makes recommendations and develops new initiatives relating to NAWJ programs to improve the lives of women inmates and/or ex-offenders, and their relationship with their children.

Committee Chairs:

Hon. Cheryl Gonzales

Hon. Brenda P. Murray

Hon. Betty Williams

Members:

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