Westchester County (New York) Supreme Court Justice La Tia Martin succeeded Massachusetts Appeals Court Justice Fernande R.V. Duffly as President of the National Association of Women Judges. Near 400 attendees from across the country convened for ‘Keeping the Promise’ NAWJ’s 30th Annual Conference held in Portland, Oregon from October 15-19, 2008.
The conference was overwhelmingly successful due to the tremendous hard work of the Conference Chairs, Judges Ellen Rosenblum, Julie Frantz, Jill Tanner and Mary Deits, Friends Committee Chair Lindsey H. Hughes, Deans Elizabeth Stephens and Elizabeth Davis, and Heather Weigler of the Oregon Department of Justice. We salute them for their outstanding efforts.
Judges, attorneys, academics and many others associated within the legal community were on hand to participate and gather new information in over 30 programs over the course of the Conference. Judges from Egypt shared an amusingly infectious, yet striking, portrayal of their personal experiences with law in their own country and described the nature of the legal and judicial system there. Local attorneys from OWLS, the Oregon Women Lawyers Society, generously supported Conference activities throughout the yearlong planning process and Conference weekend collecting books for donation to the local Coffee Creek Women’s Correctional Institution library.
The Conference’s first keynote speaker, Donzaleigh Abernathy, led audiences in a trip through the Civil Rights movement as she movingly described life growing up with her father, the Reverend Ralph Abernathy, who co-founded the Southern Christian Leadership Conference with Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Not to be outdone with impressing attendees, she was followed the next day by Linda Greenhouse whose account of her experiences covering the court for The New York Times was complemented by legal scholar Stanford Professor Pamela Karlan’s analysis and commentary. In keeping with tradition, NAWJ’s Annual Awards Banquets capped the Conference which included true crime author Ann Rule’s window into a few of America’s most seemly criminals.
A significant number of NAWJ Resource Board members were in attendance and expressed a continued commitment to assist in the fulfillment of our mission. NAWJ’s gratitude to these Resource Board Members is boundless. Two firms, Orrick Sutcliffe and Herrington and WilmerHale, had Resource Board Members on hand to receive recognition with special NAWJ Awards for extraordinary service to NAWJ during the year.
Additional NAWJ 2008 Honorees included JUSTICE JOAN DEMPSEY KLEIN HONOREE OF THE YEAR the Honorable Bernice Bouie Donald; MATTIE BELLE DAVIS AWARD honoree the Honorable Sue Pai Yang; JUSTICE VAINO SPENCER LEADERSHIP AWARD HONOREE the Honorable Vanessa Ruiz; and FLORENCE K. MURRAY AWARD honoree Drucilla Stender Ramey.
The Association elected its 2008-2009 Executive Committee members: Hon. La Tia Martin, President; Hon. Dana Fabe, President-Elect; Hon. Joan V. Churchill, Vice President – Districts; Hon. Shelia Johnson, Vice President – Publications; Hon. Amy Nechtem, Secretary; Hon. Patricia Hurst, Treasurer; Hon. Fernande R.V. Duffly, Immediate Past President; Hon. Laura Jacobson, Projects Committee Chair; Hon. Barbara Madsen, Finance Committee Chair; Hon. Susan Owens, Director of Compliance and Training; Hon. Brenda Stith Loftin, Director of Strategic Planning and Implementation; Hon. Carolyn Engel Temin, International Director; Hon. Cara Lee Neville, ABA Delegate.
District Directors for 2008-2009 are Hon. Ariane Vuono, District One Director (MA, ME. NH, PR); Hon. Sherry Heitler and Hon. Barbara Leak District Two Co-Directors (NY, CT, VT); Hon. Stephanie Domitrovich, District Three Director (NJ, PA, DE); Hon. Cathy Hollenberg Serrette, District Four Director (MD, DC, VA); Hon. Cynthia Becker, District Five Director (FL, GA, NC, SC), Hon. Rosemary Ledet, District Six Director (AL, LA, MS, TN); Hon. Margaret Clark, District Seven Director (MI, OH, WV); Hon. Patricia Riley, District Eight Director (IN, IL, KY); Hon. Nancy Whittenburg, District Nine Director (MO, IA, WI); Hon. Carol Beier, District Ten Director (KS, MN, NE, ND, SD); Hon. Marisela Saldana, District 11 Director (TX, AR, OK); Hon. Vernice Trease, District 12 Director (AZ, CO, NM, UT, WY); Hon. Julie Frantz, District 13 Director (WA, OR, AK, HI, ID, MT); Hon. Cecilia Castellanos, District 14 Director (CA, NV).
|1. Keeping the Promise of the Rule of Law
(Download ABA Rule of Law Initiative.)
|11. Advances in Reproductive Genetic Technology & 21st Century Judicial Challenges|
|2. Effective Communication with the Media||12. How to Prepare and Effectively Respond to Attacks on Judicial Independence|
|3. Creative Problem Solving in Administrative Hearings||13. Bringing About Needed Changes in Law Firms|
|4. New Judge Program||14. Resolving Disputes Out of Court – The Growing Role of Mediation|
|5. Beyond the Bars: A Practical Guide to Planning a Program for Your Local Women’s Prison||15. Zero to Three – Using the Science of Early Childhood Development in Court|
|6. Modern Tribal Courts: Multi-Jurisdictional Approaches to Shared Legal Challenges||16. Law, Science and the Environment|
|7. Keeping the Promise in End of Life Decision-Making – The Law and Real Life||17. Technology and the Court System|
|8. Keeping the Promise to our Older Citizens – Our Aging Population and the Court System||18. Hague Convention on International Child Abduction|
|9. Keeping the Promise to Victims – The Emerging Role of Victims in Criminal Cases||19. Law Firm Best Practices|
|10. Techniques for Judges and Lawyers to Handle Self-Represented Litigants|
The 2008 NAWJ 30th Annual Conference Chairs are listed below. This list can additionally be downloaded in Microsoft Word format.
Elizabeth M. Stephens
Assistant Dean for Continuing Legal Education and Director, Oregon Law Institute Lewis & Clark Law School
Judge Mary Deits
Former Chief Judge, Oregon Court of Appeals
Friends Committee Chair
Lindsey H. Hughes, Esq.
Keating Jones Hughes PC
Treasurer and Finance Chair
Judge Jill A. Tanner
Oregon Tax Court
Judge Julie E. Frantz
Multnomah County Circuit Court
NAWJ District 13 Director
Elizabeth A. Davis
Assistant Dean for Career Services and Alumni Relations
Lewis and Clark Law School
Heather L. Weigler
Judge Ann Aiken
United States District Court, District of Oregon, Eugene
Judge Anna Brown
United States District Court, District of Oregon, Portland
Chief Justice Dana Fabe
Alaska Supreme Court
Judge Susan Graber
United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, Portland, Oregon
Senior Administrative Law Judge Gina Hale
Washington State Office of Administrative Hearings
NAWJ Past President
Justice Virginia Linder
Oregon Supreme Court
Justice Barbara Madsen
Washington Supreme Court
Presiding Judge Jean Maurer
Multnomah County Circuit Court, Portland, Oregon
Honorable Justice Betty Roberts
(Retired) Oregon Supreme Court
Judge Mary Schroeder
United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, Phoenix, Arizona
The Friends Committee are volunteers from the wider legal community who are making contributions to enhance NAWJ’s 30th Annual Conference in the form of social, intellectual or financial support. The 2008 NAWJ 30th Annual Conference Friends are listed below. This list can additionally be downloaded inMicrosoft Word format.
We would like to thank the sponsors of the 2008 NAWJ 30th Annual Conference!
Ater Wynne, LLP
Ball Janik, LLP
Barran Liebman LLP
Bodyfelt Mount LLP
Bullivant Houser Bailey PC
Davis Wright Tremaine LLP
Dunn Carney Allen Higgins & Tongue LLP
Garvey Schubert Barer
Hoffman Angeli LLP
Markowitz Herbold Glade & Mehlhaf PC
Miller Nash, LLP
The Regence Group
Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt
Yates, Matthews & Eaton, PC
The Law Office of Robert Beatty-Walters
Black Helterline LLP
The Corson & Johnson Law Firm
Cosgrave Vergeer Kester LLP
Paul & Kay DeBast
Federal Bar Association, Oregon Chapter
Gazzola & Hull
Susan Hammer Dispute Resolution Services
Harrang Long Gary Rudnick PC
The Heekin Law Firm
Hitt Hiller Monfils Williams LLP
Hoffman Hart & Wagner LLP
Jordan Schrader Ramis PC
Kennedy Watts Arellano & Ricks, LLP
Kivel & Howard LLP
Lewis & Clark Law School
John W. Lundeen, Attorney at Law
Martin Bischoff Templeton Langslet & Hoffman LLP
McEwen Gisvold LLP
Miller & Wagner LLP
Paulson & Coletti
University of Oregon School of Law
Willamette University College of Law
NAWJ's 30th Annual Conference will take place at the Portland Marriott Downtown Waterfront Hotel.
Portland Marriott Downtown Waterfront Hotel
1401 SW Naito Parkway
Portland, Oregon 97201
City view $163/night
Water view $183/night
Rates do not include tax. Quotes are for single or double occupancy.
To reserve a room, call 1-800-228-9290 and state that you are with the National Association of Women Judges Conference.
Rooms are subject to availability. Book your hotel as soon as possible. Rooms at the group rate are very limited!
Deadlines for reservations at the NAWJ group rate: September 26, 2008.
NAWJ Member registration fee includes all educational sessions, receptions, meals, transportation to events listed in the program and use of the hospitality suite:
NAWJ Member: $475
First Time Attendee: $450 (member only)
Non-NAWJ Member: $495
Click here to register online and pay by MasterCard, VISA or AMEX.
Or download the registration form to fax or mail to NAWJ here. Send the downloaded registration form to:
National Association of Women Judges
1341 Connecticut Avenue
Washington, DC 20036
Registration Deadline and Late Registration
Registration forms postmarked after the registration deadline of September 15, 2008 must include a $50 late registration fee.
If notice of cancellation is received after October 1, 2008, the registration fee, less a $50 processing fee, is refundable. Cancellations received within 3 days of the conference are refundable less a $100 fee.
(In order of appearance in Schedule. See Program Agenda for detail)
Wednesday October 15, 2008
General Welcome Reception
Sponsored by Audrey Hepburn Children’s Fund
Movie screening of “Holly”
This captivating and emotional film is sponsored by LexisNexis® in its effort to help combat and raise awareness of the epic problem of child prostitution and to promote the Rule of Law.
Thursday October 16, 2008
Festivities at the Oregon Health Sciences University Center for Heath and Healing to include aerial tram rides, supper, and music.
Friday October 17, 2008
Joint Luncheon with local conference sponsors and the Oregon Women Lawyers (OWLS).
Local federal judges host a reception at the Mark O. Hatfield U.S. Courthouse.
Saturday October 17, 2008
Morning Group Walk
Join fellow Conference attendees for an early morning organized walk around “the Esplanade.” The walk is approximately two-miles and crosses bridges and circles the Willamette River.
Tour the Historic Pioneer Courthouse
Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals judges will host tours of the beautifully restored Pioneer Courthouse, a National Historic Landmark and one of the oldest standing Federal Building in the Pacific Northwest and the second oldest standing Federal Building West of the Mississippi. The building is one of the four primary locations where the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit hears oral argument.
NAWJ Awards Banquet
In this annual celebration of NAWJ achievements come listen to crime novelist Ann Rule, learn this year’s awardees and bring a book or two to the dinner for donation to the Coffee Creek Women's Correctional Institution library.
Enjoy wine country harvest tours and other sightseeing opportunities.
Ellen Rosenblum has provided Ellen's Guide to assist you with getting around Portland. The guide also includes some ideas for short excursions and some shopping and dining tips.