NAWJ 33rd Annual Conference
Global Women’s Issues
Newark, NJ • October 12 - 16, 2011
Rutgers Law School Due Process Television Program Features Newark Judges and Conference Speakers on Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Women in the Law
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Global Women’s Issues Conference Showcases the Talents of Newark
After two years of inspiring planning and leadership, 2011 Annual Conference Chair Hon. Sue Pai Yang, Judge on the New Jersey Workers Compensation Court, and Conference Co-Chair Frances Bouchoux, Senior Associate Dean at Rutgers School of Law-Newark, presided over six days of education programming on the leading issues of current times; gatherings of the state, federal and international legal community of judges, attorneys, academics and nonprofit leaders; and a most welcome venue for the annual meetings of the National Association of Women Judges. As one of the top two most well attended conferences NAWJ has presented, Global Women’s Issues, attracted over 500 people, 50 of whom were international attendees from 23 different countries.
The 33rd Annual Conference took place throughout downtown Newark, New Jersey from October 12-16, 2011, at venues including Rutgers School of Law-Newark, Seton Hall University Law School, Essex County Historic Courthouse, the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey, The Newark Club and the Hilton Hotel. The myriad of inviting activities would not have been possible without the additional energy and dedication of the Conference Planning Committee including Lorraine A. Abraham, Esq., Hon. Frances L. Antonin (Retired), Hon. Judith Chirlin (Retired), Hon. Estela Maria De La Cruz, Hon. Barbara A. Curran (Retired), Hon. Rosemary Gambardella, Hon. Debra J. Gelson, Hon. Michelle Hollar-Gregory, Mamie M. Lau, Hon. Amy L. Nechtem, Hon. Sandra Ann Robinson, Hon. Lourdes I. Santiago, Hon. Isabel B. Stark (Retired), Hon. Siobhan A. Teare and Susan E. Volkert, Esq.
Friends Committee Chair Paulette Brown, Esq., Partner and Chief Diversity Officer at Edwards, Angell, Palmer & Dodge, LLP, whose fundraising talents matched the vision of conference chairs, raised considerable funds to support the Conference. Nearly $200,000 was raised from the Newark community from approximately 50 firm, corporate, university, and individual contributors.
In addition, we acknowledge and greatly appreciate the many volunteers and exceptional guest speakers, who joined in making the experience in Newark unforgettable.
Enthusiasm in Anticipation
The Friends Appreciation Luncheon
Dedication to Former NAWJ President the late Hon. Shirley Tolentino
Annual Business Meeting, New President and Great Food
The elections of new board officers proved to be a festive event as well, as new leaders were sworn into office by Founding Mother Justice Joan Dempsey Klein. ( Click here to view listing of the full board). Continuing this yearly meeting ritual, after the new President, Massachusetts Juvenile Court Judge Amy L. Nechtem, was sworn in, she was surrounded by a team of fellow Massachusetts and NAWJ District One judges in support of her upcoming service as President.You may learn more about Judge Nechtem here, and read her investiture speech here.
The outstanding Portuguese cuisine at Don Pepe’s was an experience in and of itself with over seven courses served to the delight of all in attendance.
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Awards and… Singing and Dancing!
The banquet’s namesake is reserved for one of the evening’s most important events – the awarding of NAWJ awards. This year’s recipient of the Florence K. Murray Award is Elaine Metlin, Esq. a partner at one of the nation's leading firms, Dickstein Shapiro LLP. Ms. Metlin humbly accepted this award in recognition of her service supporting women in the profession and encouraged the audience of judges to use the discretion they have to make a difference by inquiring into a firm’s representation that appears in their court.
The Hon. Judith Chirlin presented the Joan Dempsey Klein Honoree of the Year Award to Hon. Judith S. Kaye, former Chief Judge of the New York Court of Appeals. The award recognized Judge Kaye’s decades of trailblazing achievements for the courts New York.
Despite these august presentations, the highlight of the evening was the performances of the young people in the Newark Symphony Hall’s Ensemble. In a series of renditions of classic songs, the kids of the ensemble paid enthusiastic tribute to the brilliant, devoted and lovely women in the audience. You had to be there!
Attendees thoroughly enjoyed and benefited from the totality of events, both social and educational, and appreciated the warm hospitality extended to all. Some attendees took advantage of excursions offered to grand estates deep within Essex County, NJ and to New York City. Many thanks to the security services provided by the Department of Homeland Security, Secret Service, FBI, and the New Jersey state and the local police. Thank you once again to the 2011 Annual Conference Chairs Judge Sue Pai Yang and Dean Frances Bouchoux and to the entire Conference Planning Committee.
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Judge Sue Pai Yang, New Jersey Workers' Compensation Court Co-Chair
Associate Dean Frances Bouchoux, Rutgers School of Law - Newark
Historical Society of the US District Court for the District of NJ
Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey
Public Service Enterprise Group
Rutgers School of Law–Newark
The Sylvia Chin, Esq. Memorial Fund of the Pacific Asian Coalition, New Jersey
The American Society of International Law
Corodemus & Corodemus Law, LLC
Coughlin Duffy LLP
Day Pitney LLP
Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP
Edwards Angell Palmer & Dodge LLP
Genova, Burns & Giantomasi
Greenbaum, Rowe, Smith & Davis LLP
Greenberg Traurig, LLP
Herrick, Feinstein LLP
Littler Mendelson P.C.
McCarter & English, LLP
National Asian Pacific American Bar Association and the Asian Pacific American Lawyers Association of New Jersey
New York Law Journal
Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.
Riker Danzig Scherer Hyland & Perretti LLP
Rutgers University - Newark
Seton Hall University School of Law
Supporter: Less than $2,500
Avon Global Center for Women and Justice at Cornell Law School
Hon. Joan V. Churchill
Donahue, Hagan, Klein, Newsome, O'Donnell & Weisberg, P.C.
Essex County Bar Association
Garden State Bar Association
Greenberg Dauber Epstein & Tucker
Hispanic Bar Association of New Jersey
Korean-American Lawyers Association of Greater New York
National Association of Women Lawyers
2011 AWARD RECIPIENTS & AWARDS BANQUET
NAWJ announces its 2011 award recipients. Please click here for more information about the 2011 award recipients. Please download the Awards Banquet Ticket Order form here.