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. Tanya Kennedy
President

Hon. Tanya Kennedy

New York State Supreme Court, New York County

New York, New York

Hon. Tamila Ipema
President-Elect

Hon. Tamila Ipema

Superior Court of California, San Diego County

Carlsbad, California

Hon. Orlinda Naranjo
Vice President, Districts

Hon. Orlinda Naranjo

419th District Court of Texas

Texas

Hon. Anita Santos
Vice President, Publications

Hon. Anita Santos

Superior Court of California, Contra Costa County

Martinez, California

Hon. Kathy King
Treasurer

Hon. Kathy King

New York State Supreme Court

Kings County, New York

Hon. Bernadette D'Souza
Secretary

Hon. Bernadette D'Souza

Parish of Orleans Civil District Court

New Orleans, Louisiana

Hon. Diana Becton
Immediate Past President

Hon. Diana Becton

Superior Court of California, Contra Costa County (Retired)

Martinez, California

Hon. Heidi Pasichow
Finance Committee Chair

Hon. Heidi Pasichow

Superior Court of the District of Columbia

Washington, District of Columbia

Hon. Marcella Holland
Projects Committee Chair

Hon. Marcella Holland

Baltimore City Circuit Court (Retired)

Baltimore, Maryland

Hon. MaryLou Muirhead
District Director, 1 (ME, MA, NH, PR, RI)

Hon. MaryLou Muirhead

Boston Housing Court

Boston, 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, VA

Hon. Sara Doyle
District Director, 5 (FL, GA, NC, SC)

Hon. Sara Doyle

Court of Appeals of Georgia

Atlanta, Georgia

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

Hon. Sheva Sims

Shreveport City Court

Shreveport, LA

Hon. Michelle Rick
District Director, 7 (MI, OH, WV)

Hon. Michelle Rick

29th Circuit Court

St. Johns, Michigan

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

Hon. Casandra Lewis

Cook County Circuit Court

Chicago, IL

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

Hon. Ellen Siwak

21st Judicial Circuit, Division 11

St. Louis, Missouri

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

Hon. Renee Worke

Minnesota Court of Appeals

St. Paul, MN

Hon. Karen Sage
District Director, 11 (AR, OK, TX)

Hon. Karen Sage

299th District Court

Travis County, Texas

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

Hon. Emily Anderson

Adams County District Court

Brighton, Colorado

Hon. Karen Donohue
District Director, 13 (AK, HI, ID, MT, WA, OR)

Hon. Karen Donohue

Seattle Municipal Court

Seattle, Washington

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

Hon. Elizabeth White

Los Angeles Superior Court

Los Angeles, CA

Hon. Lisette Shirdan-Harris
International Director

Hon. Lisette Shirdan-Harris

Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas

Pennsylvania

Hon. Toni Clarke
ABA Delegate

Hon. Toni Clarke

Circuit Court for Prince George's County

Upper Marlboro, Maryland

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

Christopher Poole

Christopher Poole

JAMS

Irvine, CA

Patricia Hollenbeck, Esq.

Patricia Hollenbeck, Esq.

Duane Morris LLP

San Diego, California

William Robinson

William Robinson

GEICO

Washington, DC

Jamie Isani, Esq.

Jamie Isani, Esq.

Hunton & Williams LLP

Miami, Florida

Marie Komisar
Executive Director

Marie Komisar

Marie Komisar began her tenure with NAWJ in 2009. Marie has over 36 years of experience working with not for profit organizations including the executive directorships of the Fairfax County Bar Association (VA), where she worked closely with Legal Services of Northern Virginia, the Dutchess County Bar Association (NY) and the National Arts in Education Organization of Young Audiences, Arts for Learning, Inc. (NY). Marie has a B.A. in Communications from Marist College, with a focus in organizational communications, a paralegal degree from Marist College, and a Masters Degree in Public Administration (MPA) from the Wagner School at New York University. Marie is an accomplished fundraiser, communicator, manager and organizational administrator.  Marie and her husband, Jerry live in Reston, Virginia.

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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