Leadership & Administration

NAWJ's leadership is a reflection of its diverse membership, composed of women judges from all levels of the judiciary from across the nation. 

Hon. Tamila Ipema
President

Hon. Tamila Ipema

Superior Court of California, San Diego County

Del Mar, California

Bio

Hon. Bernadette D'Souza
President-Elect

Hon. Bernadette D'Souza

Parish of Orleans Civil District Court

New Orleans, Louisiana

Bio

Hon. Orlinda Naranjo
Vice President, Districts

Hon. Orlinda Naranjo

419th District Court of Texas

Austin, Texas

Bio

Hon. Karen Donohue
VP, Publications

Hon. Karen Donohue

King County Superior Court

Seattle, Washington

Bio

 

Hon. Randa Trapp
Treasurer

Hon. Randa Trapp

San Diego County Superior Court

San Diego, California

Bio

Hon. Elizabeth K. Lee Lee
Secretary

Hon. Elizabeth K. Lee Lee

San Mateo County Superior Court

San Mateo, California

Bio

Hon. Tanya Kennedy
Immediate Past President

Hon. Tanya Kennedy

New York State Supreme Court, New York County

New York, New York

Bio

Hon. Heidi Pasichow
Finance Committee Chair

Hon. Heidi Pasichow

Superior Court of the District of Columbia

Washington, District of Columbia

Bio

Hon. Pennie McLaughlin
Projects Committee Chair

Hon. Pennie McLaughlin

Superior Court of California, San Diego County

San Diego, California

Hon. Mary White
District Director, 1 (ME,MA,NH,PR,RI)

Hon. Mary White

Brookline District Court

Brookline, Massachusetts

Hon. Cenceria Edwards
District Director, 2 (CT, NY, VT)

Hon. Cenceria Edwards

New York State Civil Court

Brooklyn, NY

Hon. Barbara McDermott
District Director, 3 (DE, NJ, PA, Virgin Islands)

Hon. Barbara McDermott

First Judicial District, Court of Common Pleas

Philadelphia, PA

Hon. Judith Kline
District Director, 4 (DC, MD, VA)

Hon. Judith Kline

Newport News Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court

Newport News, Virginia

Bio

Hon. Anne Barnes
District Director, 5 (FL, GA, NC, SC)

Hon. Anne Barnes

Court of Appeals of Georgia

Atlanta, Georgia

Bio

Hon. Sheva Sims
District Director, 6 (AL, LA, MS, TN)

Hon. Sheva Sims

Shreveport City Court

Shreveport, Louisiana

Bio

 

Hon. Maureen Sweeney
District Director, 7 (MI, OH, WV)

Hon. Maureen Sweeney

Mahoning County Court of Common Pleas  

Youngstown, Ohio

Hon. Casandra Lewis
District Director, 8 (IL, IN, KY)

Hon. Casandra Lewis

Cook County Circuit Court

Chicago, Illinois

Bio

Hon. Ellen Levy
District Director, 9 (IA, MO, WI)

Hon. Ellen Levy

21st Judicial Circuit, Division 11

St. Louis, Missouri

Bio

Hon. Renee Worke
District Director, 10 (KS, MN, NE, ND, SD)

Hon. Renee Worke

Minnesota Court of Appeals

St. Paul, Minnesota

Bio

Hon. Brandy Mueller
District Director, 11 (AR, OK, TX)

Hon. Brandy Mueller

County Court at Law #6

Austin, Texas

Bio

Hon. Emily Anderson
District Director, 12 (AZ, CO, NM, UT, WY)

Hon. Emily Anderson

Adams County District Court

Brighton, Colorado

Hon. Pamela Washington
District Director, 13 (AK, HI, ID, MT, OR, WA)

Hon. Pamela Washington

Anchorage District Court

Anchorage, Alaska

Hon. Elizabeth White
District Director, 14 (CA, NV)

Hon. Elizabeth White

Los Angeles Superior Court

Los Angeles, California

Bio

Hon. Lisette Shirdan-Harris
International Director

Hon. Lisette Shirdan-Harris

Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas

Pennsylvania

Bio

Hon. Toni Clarke
ABA Delegate

Hon. Toni Clarke

Circuit Court for Prince George's County

Upper Marlboro, Maryland

Bio

Karen Johnson-McKewan, Esq.
Co-Chair

Karen Johnson-McKewan, Esq.

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

San Francisco, California

Cathy Winter, Esq.
Co-Chair

Cathy Winter, Esq.

CourtCall, LLC

Los Angeles, CA

Elizabeth Cabraser, Esq.

Elizabeth Cabraser, Esq.

Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein

San Francisco, California

Robert Kaufman, Esq.

Robert Kaufman, Esq.

Proskauer Rose LLP

New York, New York

Teresa Cavenagh, Esq.

Teresa Cavenagh, Esq.

Duane Morris LLP

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Andrea King, Esq.

Andrea King, Esq.

LexisNexis

Washington, DC

Charles Cheever

Charles Cheever

Corsair Partners

New Canaan, CT

Linda Leali, Esq.

Linda Leali, Esq.

Linda Leali, P.A.

Miami, Florida

Kelly Dermody, Esq.

Kelly Dermody, Esq.

Lieff, Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein

San Francisco, California

Thomas Leighton

Thomas Leighton

West, a Thomson Reuters Business

Eagan, Minnesota

Nicole Erb, Esq.

Nicole Erb, Esq.

White & Case LLP

Washington, District of Columbia

Heather McDevitt, Esq.

Heather McDevitt, Esq.

White & Case LLP

New York, New York

Andrea Bear Field, Esq.

Andrea Bear Field, Esq.

Hunton & Williams LLP

Washington, District of Columbia

Diane McGimsey, Esq.

Diane McGimsey, Esq.

Sullivan & Cromwell LLP

Los Angeles, California

Elizabeth Hernandez, Esq.

Elizabeth Hernandez, Esq.

Akerman LLC

Miami, Florida

Elaine Metlin, Esq.

Elaine Metlin, Esq.

Dickstein Shapiro LLP

Washington, District of Columbia

Patricia Hollenbeck, Esq.

Patricia Hollenbeck, Esq.

Duane Morris LLP

San Diego, California

Christopher Poole

Christopher Poole

JAMS

Irvine, CA

Jamie Isani, Esq.

Jamie Isani, Esq.

Hunton & Williams LLP

Miami, Florida

William Robinson

William Robinson

GEICO

Washington, DC

Connie Pillich, JD, MBA
Executive Director

Connie Pillich, JD, MBA

Connie Pillich became the Executive Director of the NAWJ in September 2018.  Connie is an attorney, MBA, and military veteran who worked as a public defender before opening her own law firm.  While in private practice, Connie continued public service with three terms as a state representative to the Ohio legislature and as a member of the board of directors at several non-profits.  Connie brings extensive leadership, management, fundraising, and communications outreach skills to the NAWJ.

Mary-Kathleen Todd
Chief Operations Officer

Mary-Kathleen Todd

Mary-Kathleen Todd brings over 15 years of conference planning, event management, and non-profit operations experience.  After being the NAWJ conference planner for several years, Mary-Kathleen was promoted to COO in spring of 2018.  She makes sure all the trains run on time.

Patty Lovett, CPA, MBA
Chief Financial Officer

Patty Lovett, CPA, MBA

NAWJ has been fortunate to have the financial expertise of Patty Lovett, Senior Manager at Calibre CPA Group on our team for the last four years.  Patty’s first-rate business sense and fiscal advice has safely guided the NAWJ through many successful programs, conferences, and changes.  She is a strong pillar of our organization.

Aaron Gill
Chief Information Technology Officer

Aaron Gill

Aaron Gill has been the technical force at the NAWJ for the better part of a decade.  As CEO of 3-IT, Aaron’s 25 years of IT expertise offer an uncanny ability to understand, create, and implement solutions in almost any realm of IT.  Our systems work, and we love him.

Lavinia Cousin
Senior Program And Publications Manager

Lavinia Cousin

Lavinia Cousin has near 20 years of experience working in nonprofit organizations in functions spanning development, programs management, research, accounting, marketing, and membership.    

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