2017 Annual Conference


Access to Justice: Past, Present and Future
NAWJ 39th Annual Conference
October 11-15, 2017
Atlanta, Georgia


Atlanta Retrospective: Counterbalance, Summer 2018, Volume 32, Issue 13 (page 18)

NAWJ hosted its 39th Annual Conference “Access to Justice – Past, Present and Future” in Atlanta, Georgia from October 11-15, 2017. Among the conference highlights were thought provoking conversations with the 39th President of the United States, Jimmy Carter, Former First Lady Rosalynn Carter and Sally Yates, Former Deputy Attorney General; a keynote on Defending Liberty, Pursuing Justice by Linda Klein, Esq.; a stirring keynote address from Judge Glenda Hatchett (Retired); poignant lessons from the civil rights movement; the documentary “Balancing the Scales” by Film Producer/Director Sharon Rowan, Esq. of Rowen & Klonoski; the intimate and poignant reception at the Albert P. Tuttle US Court of Appeals Building, home of the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals; and a memorable private tour of the Center for Civil and Human Rights Museum.

The conference included an Opening Address on Criminal Justice Reform; a Discussion on Labor Trafficking; A View from Georgia’s Federal Judges; Judicial Case for Recognizing and Eliminating Implicit Bias; Hot Topics in Elder Law, Immigration Law and Current Legal Challenges Facing LGBTQ Families; and Lessons from the Civil Rights Movement for Today’s Judges.

NAWJ presented their Annual Awards: NAWJ Florence K. Murray Award went to Linda A. Klein; William C.E. Robinson, GEICO Corporate Secretary and NAWJ Resource Board Member was honored with the Mattie Belle Davis Award; Massachusetts Court of Appeals Justice and longtime NAWJ officer Hon. Ariane Vuono received the Justice Vaino Spencer Leadership Award; and Georgia champion, Honorable Carol W. Hunstein, Supreme Court of Georgia, was recognized as the Justice Joan Dempsey Klein Honoree of the Year.

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