District Monthly News: August 2010

In This Issue:

  • NAWJ’s 32nd Annual Conference, October 13-17 - San Francisco, Open Your Golden Gate
  • Post Conference Wine Tasting Tour Sunday, October 17 (Optional)
  • Take a Cruise to Alaska with NAWJ, May 22-29, 2011
  • NAWJ Co-Sponsors ABA Annual Meeting Programs, August 5-10, San Francisco
  • Golden Gate University Lecture, Women Chief Justices Event, October 12th
  • New NAWJ Merchandise: Desk Clock, Velvet-lined Lacquered Box
  • NAWJ Sponsor, West, a Thomson Reuters Business, Continues Support of AJEI Summit, Nov.18-21st
  • Latest News
  • More Events
  • Announcements

NAWJ 2010 Annual Conference

San Francisco, Open Your Golden Gate!
October 13-17, 2010
A Focus on Children, Family and the Elderly


Wednesday, October 13, 2010 • Pre-Conference Activities
NAWJ 2009-2010 Board Meeting
First-Time Attendee Meeting
Welcome Reception

Thursday, October 14, 2010 • Opening Day
Judicial Elections After Minnesota v. White
Keynote Luncheon Speaker - Gail Collins
Girl Trouble, A Video Screening and Panel Discussion in 2 Sessions
Self Represented Litigants: Helping Them Navigate Through the Legal System
Reducing Risk and Assessing Dangerousness in Criminal Domestic Violence Cases
Best Practices in Presiding over Patent Cases
Aging and the Dynamics of Elder Abuse
Reception at the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

Friday, October 15, 2010 • Day Two
NAWJ District Breakfast Meetings
NAWJ Resource Board Meeting
Responding to Violence Against Women: Past Successes and Future Challenges
Kids ‘R Us: Building a Better Village for Our Foster Children
The Law’s Migration
Combating Human Trafficking and Advancing the Rule of Law
Keynote Luncheon Speaker - Richard North Patterson
Ensuring Safety for Native American Victims of Domestic Violence
Crawford v. Washington and its Impact on the Prosecution of Domestic Violence Cases
Order in the Court: Practice Tips for New (and Experienced) Judges
Reception at the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco

Saturday, October 16, 2010 • Day Three
Before (and After) Roe v. Wade
NAWJ Committee Meetings
NAWJ Business Meeting, Investiture of Officers and Luncheon
NAWJ 2010-2011 Board Meeting
Pre Banquet Cocktail Reception
NAWJ Annual Awards Banquet

Post Conference Optional Wine Tasting Excursions
'Amongst the Grapes: Napa Wine Tasting'
'Muir Woods and Sausalito with Gallery Wine Tasting'
Sunday, October 17
10:30am - 2:30pm
$108.00 or $75.00 per person, depending on tour chosen
Tour registration and cancellation deadline is Friday October 01, 2010
Click here for registration form and more detailed information.

Take a Cruise with NAWJ!

Judge Margie Carter, NAWJ President Elect, is working with Justice Dana Fabe, current NAWJ President, on plans for an NAWJ Mini-Conference onboard an Alaskan Cruise from May 22-29 of 2011. To date we have 32 cabins booked and 62 NAWJ members, friends and family scheduled to sail with us! Justice Fabe and Judge Carter are working hard to make this a memorable event.
We depart Vancouver, B.C. on Sunday, May 22, sailing up the Inside Passage to Seward, Alaska, where we would disembark and travel two hours to Anchorage, AK for a reception hosted at Dana’s log home in the foothills of the Chugach Range on Sunday evening, May 29. Stops would include Ketchikan, Juneau, Skagway, Glacier Bay, and College Fjord. Judicial Education session(s) would be provided onboard the ship.

To Make a Reservation: (Click here to download information sheet)
Cruise Adventures Unlimited
1610 Locust Street, Walnut Creek, CA 94596
(925) 935-7447 • Email: rlundy@cautravel.com or voconnell@cautravel.com
NAWJ Negotiated Cruise Pricing:
Be sure to indicate Class you wish to reserve.
K Class: Inside stateroom is $749.00 exclusive of taxes
E Class: Outside stateroom/Full Ocean-view is $949.00 exclusive of taxes
3rd/4th Person in same cabin - Adult from $599.00
Taxes (not included) $117.52
Prices are per person, double occupancy and are subject to cabin class availability: Please note that cabins are based on double occupancy. If you choose to go solo, you will need to pay twice the rate listed above. If you need a cabin mate, let Jeff know and he will try (no guarantee) to match you with another NAWJ member.

A Few Notes:
Trip Insurance: Once you book you will receive notification of optional trip insurance. This orange form needs to be returned but the insurance is optional. You may even have the insurance already through another credit card or program.
Dining Preference is also mentioned on the orange form: Justice Fabe has secured group dining in the elegant main dining room at 8pm each evening.
Please note that cabins are based on double occupancy. If you choose to go solo, you will need to pay twice the rate listed above. If you need a cabin mate, let Jeff know and her will try (no guaranteed) to match you with another NAWJ member.

NAWJ Joins in Sponsorship of American Bar Association Programs from National Conference of Federal Trial Judges, Judicial Division and Standing Committee on Federal Judicial Improvements Programs
At the upcoming ABA Annual Meeting in San Francisco, the ABA's National Conference of Federal Trial Judges ("NCFTJ"), the ABA Judicial Division, and the ABA's Standing Committee on Federal Judicial Improvements ("SCFJI") will be presenting three stellar events (listed below), which are sure to be among the most informative, provocative, and high profile programs at the Annual Meeting. All of which will offer attendees Free CLE Credit):

Friday, August 6th
Justice 12.0 – Is There An App for That? A look at the future of the justice system. Spoiler Alert: Science fiction may be more truth than fiction!
'Judging Aging – The Quiz Show' Audience members will use hand-held technology to "vote" on the answers to quiz questions on topics such as the specific cognitive functions involved in the process of "judging," how aging affects those functions, and the positive effects associated with aging which may enhance judges' performance on the bench."

Sunday, August 8th
Fair Trial, Free Press? Trying High-Profile Cases in a 24/7 'New Media' World" has been named a "Presidential Showcase" Program.

Golden Gate University Distinguished Lecture
Women Chief Justices Event
San Francisco, California

October 12, 2010
Former NAWJ Executive Director, Drucilla Stender Ramey, now Dean of the Golden Gate University Law School in San Francisco, California very much hopes that a great group of early arrivals for the NAWJ Annual Conference will attend and help honor NAWJ President Dana Fabe and the other sitting and former Chiefs at a special event. This new GGU event annually features presentations by prominent state Supreme Court Chiefs.
This year's event will begin with a brief welcome by Chief Justice George, followed by an introduction of, and address by, the Justice Dana Fabe. Justice Fabe's remarks will immediately be followed by a dialogue among an extraordinary panel of women who are current or immediate-past Chief Justices—Alaska Supreme Court Justice Dana Fabe, Utah Supreme Court Chief Justice Chris Durham, Washington State Supreme Court Chief Justice Barbara Madsen, former Georgia Supreme Court Chief Justice Leah Sears, and Tennessee Supreme Court Justice Janice Holder, and to some degree, some participation by California State Supreme Court Chief Ronald George. NAWJ co-founder California Appeals Court Justice Joan Dempsey Klein will serve as moderator.
The Women Chiefs' dialogue will be followed by an informal reception for all, and a small dinner at the City Club with the Chiefs.

Get Your Custom NAWJ Merchandise!
Support the Contra Costa Inmate Industries Program and show your NAWJ pride by ordering your desk clock or velvet-lined lacquered box today.

Please see the brochure for more information. Order via the online order form or download the order form and either fax or mail it to the NAWJ national office.
2010 Appellate Judges Education Summit
Hotel Adolphus
Dallas, Texas

November 18-21
In partnership with The Texas Center for the Judiciary and sponsored by West, a Thompson Reuters business, the 2010 AJEI Summit will be held at the Hotel Adolphus in Dallas, minutes from the new cultural offerings of the Arts District. Reservations should be made directly with the hotel. Visit the AJEI website for specifics: http://www.law.smu.edu/AJEI/Home. Some scholarships will be available.
The Keynote Speaker will be Laurence Tribe, Senior Counselor for Access to Justice in the Obama Administration’s Justice Department. Additional speakers will include Chief Judge Edith Jones, Judges Rosemary Barkett, Consuelo Callahan, Jennifer Elrod, Ron Gilman, Catharina Haynes, Margaret McKeown, N. Randy Smith, Jeffrey Sutton, Thomas Vanaskie, and Lynn Winmill, among others.
The Summit will address topics not limited to:
Executive Power: Does the President Have to Obey the Law?
Cybercrime: The New Frontier of the Fourth Amendment
Full Faith and Credit
Why Bad Things Happen to Good Judges – A Discussion on ways ethical judges find themselves in difficult situations and how to avoid this from happening to you
The Press and the First Amendment
Difficult Oral Argument Vignettes
Choreography of Courts and Legislature
Civil Issues Percolating in Courts of Appeal
Privacy in the Age of Technology
There will be entertainment by the Texas Bar and Grill Singers.
NAWJ Latest News
Keep NAWJ Up-to-Date on Your NAWJ Activities!
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Thank you for your help!
More Events
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American Bar Association
2010 Annual Meeting
August 5 – 10th
San Francisco, California
Click here for more information.
National Association of State Judicial Educators
35th Annual Conference
August 8-11, 2010
The Westin Riverwalk
San Antonio, Texas


Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Honored with American Bar Association 2010 Medal August 9th during the ABA Annual Meeting
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg of the Supreme Court of the United States will receive the American Bar Association Medal, the highest honor conferred by the association, August 9th in San Francisco, during the 2010 ABA Annual Meeting. "Justice Ginsburg has shown a steadfast commitment to preserving and advancing individual rights that is ever-more crucial in our modern world, where issues of security, technological advances, global business and personal relationships, and world governance issues all have the potential to impinge on personal liberties. Our nation's founders carefully crafted a balance in establishing our system of governance. Throughout the history of our country, generations have been challenged to protect that balance. Justice Ginsburg is one of today's champions of that balance, and of protecting our constitutional form of government. Justice Ginsburg has demonstrated her brilliance, keen legal analytical ability and elegance on the Court, contributing significantly to the development of our country's jurisprudence. The ABA is honored to recognize her immense contribution to the rule of law, both in the United States and on the world stage," said ABA President Carolyn B. Lamm in announcing the selection.
The medal, to be presented during the meeting of the ABA House of Delegates, is given to an individual judged by the association's Board of Governors to have rendered exceptionally distinguished service to the cause of American jurisprudence. It was established in 1929, and only three other women have been recipients: Shirley M. Hufstedler, a former U.S. secretary of education and appellate court judge in both state and federal systems; Sandra Day O'Connor, former associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States; and Patricia M. Wald, former chief judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit and formerly a judge on the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia.

Mission Statement:
The National Association of Women Judges’ mission is to: Promote the judicial role of protecting the rights of individuals under the rule of law through strong, committed, diverse judicial leadership, fairness and equality in the courts, and equal access to justice.

About NAWJ:
Since its formation in 1979, NAWJ has inspired and lead the American judiciary in achieving fairness and equality for vulnerable populations. Led by two visionary women – Justice Joan Dempsey Klein and Justice Vaino Spencer – 100 brave and intrepid women judges met and formed an organization dedicated to the following ideals: ensuring equal justice and access to the courts for all including women, youth, the elderly, minorities, the underprivileged, and people with disabilities; providing judicial education on cutting-edge issues of importance; developing judicial leaders; increasing the number of women on the bench in order for the judiciary to more accurately reflect the role of women in a democratic society; and improving the administration of justice to provide gender-fair decisions for both male and female litigants.

From the day it was founded, NAWJ has been committed to diversity in our membership. Our organization welcomes both men and women. We include appellate, trial, tribal, administrative law judges, state and federal judges, and members from every state in the nation.

NAWJ takes pride in its accomplishments. We were at the forefront in the establishment and implementation of gender bias task forces in both federal and state courts. We have greatly advanced the administration of justice in areas of domestic violence, child support and child custody, and the treatment of women in the courts of America. We also are respected as a leader in educating judges on bioethics, elderly abuse, the sentencing of women offenders with substance abuse problems; improving conditions for women in prison; and the problems facing immigrants in our court system. Currently we are developing curricula on the effect of genetic advances on women and vulnerable populations, the impact of international law on state and federal courts, and cognitively disabled persons in criminal courts.

In addition to addressing these and other important issues, NAWJ provides an opportunity for judges to meet and discuss professional issues of mutual concern in a supportive atmosphere. Connecting with others with the same values, we laugh, enjoy life and mentor one another nationwide.

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