2008 Annual Conference

Night photo of Portland Marriott hotel


Portland, OR • October 15 - 19, 2008

NAWJ 30th Annual Conference Highlights

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).


The 2008 NAWJ 30th Annual Conference Program Book and Program schedule can be downloaded in Adobe Acrobat (pdf) format.

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.

NAWJ 30th Annual Conference Chair
Judge Ellen F. Rosenblum, Oregon Court of Appeals

Education Co-Chairs
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

Events Chair
Judge Julie E. Frantz
Multnomah County Circuit Court
NAWJ District 13 Director

Volunteers Chair
Elizabeth A. Davis
Assistant Dean for Career Services and Alumni Relations
Lewis and Clark Law School

Oregon Administration
Heather L. Weigler

Honorary Co-Chairs
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.

Lindsey H. Hughes
Keating Jones Hughes PC

Paula A. Barran

Nena Cook

Marie Eckert

Susan K. Eggum

Heidi Robinson Evans

Jill S. Gelineau

Douglas E. Goe

Tanya R. Hanson

Caroline Harris Crowne

Stephanie K. Hines

Janet Lee Hoffman

Maureen Leonard

Peggy Maguire

Susan D. Marmaduke

Lynn R. Nakamoto

Kristin L. Olson

Katherine H. O'Neil

Jane Paulson

Beverly C. Pearman

Milo Petranovich

Mary-Anne S. Rayburn

Janet M. Schroer

Kelly Tilden

Lisa M. Umscheid

Heather Van Meter

Timothy R. Volpert

Susan E. Watts


We would like to thank the sponsors of the 2008 NAWJ 30th Annual Conference!


Williams Love O'Leary & Powers, P.C.

Keating Jones Hughes PC
Perkins Coie LLP
West, a Thomson Reuters Business

J.G. Wentworth LLC
Lane Powell
Mills Meyers Swartling
Stoel Rives LLP
Williams, Kastner & Gibbs PLLC

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
Tonkon Torp
Yates, Matthews & Eaton, PC

Oregon Association of Defense Counsel
Oregon State Bar Government Law Section
Oregon State Bar Labor & Employment Section
Oregon State Bar Litigation Section

The Law Office of Robert Beatty-Walters
Black Helterline LLP
Brooksby Kaempf
Nena Cook
The Corson & Johnson Law Firm
Cosgrave Vergeer Kester LLP
Paul & Kay DeBast
Federal Bar Association, Oregon Chapter
Gazzola & Hull
Susan Hammer Dispute Resolution Services
Tanya Hanson
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
Maureen Leonard
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.

Host Hotel
Portland Marriott Downtown Waterfront Hotel
1401 SW Naito Parkway
Portland, Oregon 97201
Telephone: 1-800-228-9290

Nightly Rates
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.


Registration Fees
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)
Spouse/Guest: $450
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:
Jeffrey Groton
National Association of Women Judges
1341 Connecticut Avenue
Washington, DC 20036
Fax: 202.393.0125

Registration Deadline and Late Registration
Registration forms postmarked after the registration deadline of September 15, 2008 must include a $50 late registration fee.

Cancellation Policy
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
Special Event
Festivities at the Oregon Health Sciences University Center for Heath and Healing to include aerial tram rides, supper, and music.

Friday October 17, 2008
Sponsors Luncheon
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.

Portland Tourism and Vacation Information
Columbia River Gorge Visitor Association
Oregon Wine Board
Oregon Wine County Association


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.

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