2008 Midyear Conference

NAWJ Midyear and New England Leadership Conference

Jurys Boston Hotel

Boston, MA • April 11 - 13, 2008

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Massachusetts' Legal Community Comes Out for NAWJ's Northeastern Leadership Conference and Midyear Meeting

Over 400 people attended the National Association of Women Judges (NAWJ) Northeastern Leadership Conference and Midyear Meeting weekend of events April 11 - 13, 2008 in Boston. Highlighting the Conference was Keynote Luncheon Speaker Jeffrey Toobin, CNN commentator and New Yorker staff writer, delivering a captivating précis of his current bestseller, The Nine: Inside the Secret World of the Supreme Court. The luncheon took place in the luxurious Cityview Room in the World Trade Center, overlooking a magnificent view of the Boston harbor.

Following Mr. Toobin’s remarks, a panel on the always hot topic of court-press, press-court relations entitled "The First Amendment and the High Profile Case" and moderated by the engaging NewsCenter 5 TV reporter, Amalia Barreda, featured the informed and provocative views of Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley, the Hon. Gordon Doerfer, President-Elect of the American Judicature Society; U.S. District Judge Nancy Gertner, Joan Kenney, Public Information Officer of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court; and Joan Lukey, a nationally prominent litigator and partner at WilmerHale. Judging by the range of views of the panelist, and questions and remarks by audience members and press representative, moderator Barreda alike, while recognition was paid to the importance of the role of judges and the independence of the courts and judicial processes, most everyone recognized the need for mature communications developments between the press and the courts that will improve not only knowledge of the facts of the case, but also help the public understand what issues the courts set out to address and did or could not with judgments on the case.

Presiding over the conference, Massachusetts Court of Appeals Justice Fernande Duffly, NAWJ’s first Asian American President “was delighted to have presented this wonderful conference here in this beautiful and historically rich City of Boston,” “and to have welcomed judges from across the Northeast, as well as our National Board of Directors and the distinguished Co-Chairs of our Friends Committee, Lena Goldberg and Alice Richmond who reached out and brought in an extraordinarily broad cross-section of our legal community with support of all kinds."

Honoring the first woman to serve on the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, Justice (Retired) Ruth Abrams in the setting of the beautiful Social Law Library in the Adams Courthouse, President Duffly proudly awarded a Certificate of Ruth I. Abrams Scholarship to Suffolk University Law School student, Matilda Ingabire Mutanguha, in recognition of her meaningful work done to advance the understanding of challenges faced by women lawyers and jurists in the legal profession.

The Ruth I. Abrams Endowment for Women and the Law of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Historical Society, an educational trust managed by the Social Law Library presented Ms. Mutanguha with a check of five thousand dollars.

Conference attendees also took advantage of the opportunity for evening social engagement at the historic Parkman House on Beacon Hill, and a breakfast toast to Massachusetts Chief Justice Margaret Marshall at Jurys Hotel.

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The conference agenda can be downloaded here.

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We would like to thank the sponsors of the 2008 NAWJ Midyear and New England Leadership Conference!


Bingham McCutchen
Brown Rudnick Berlack Israels LLP
Choate, Hall & Stewart LLP
Edwards Angell Palmer & Dodge LLP
General Electric Company
Goodwin Proctor LLP
Greenberg Traurig LLP
Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky & Popeo PC
PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP
Ropes & Gray LLP
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP & Affiliates
Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr, LLP


Cetrulo & Capone, LLP
CRA International
Foley Hoag, LLP
Lena G. and Ronald P. Goldberg Charitable Gift Fund
MFS Investment Management
Nixon Peabody, LLP
Sullivan & Worcester, LLP


Bromberg & Sunstein LLP
Cooley Manion Jones LLP
Crowe & Mulvey LLP
Day Pitney LLP
Dwyer & Collora, LLP
Esdaile, Barrett & Esdaile
Fidelity Investment Attorneys
Hemenway & Barnes
Holland & Knight
Lee & Levine LLP
Packenham, Schmidt & Federico, P.C.
Posternak Blankstein & Lund LLP
Primmer Piper Eggleston & Cramer PC
Red Sox Foundation
Sugarman, Rogers, Barshak & Cohen, P.C.
Sugarman & Sugarman P.C.
Todd & Weld LLP


Adler Pollock & Sheehan P.C.
Atwood & Cherny, P.C.
Boston College Law School
Boston University School of Law
Janet E. Bostwick, P.C.
Bowditch & Dewey, LLP
Cheryl Cronin, Esq.
Conn Kavanaugh Rosenthal Peisch & Ford, LLP
Goulston & Storrs
Griesinger, Tighe & Maffei, LLP
The Hurley and Weindling Family Charitable Fund
K&L Gates
Kimball Brousseau LLP
Littler Mendelson, P.C.
Nutter McClennen & Fish, LLP
Peabody & Arnold LLP
Pyle, Rome, Lichten, Ehrenberg & Liss-Riordan, P.C.
Rath, Young and Pignatelli, P.C.
Shilepsky, O’Connell Casey Hartley Michon Yelen, LLP
Suffolk University Law School
Sullivan Weinstein & McQuay P.C.
Tarlow Breed Hart & Rodgers, P.C.
Verrill Dana, LLP

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