2017 Midyear Conference


Honoring Our Past - Pressing Toward the Future for Access, Fairness, and Diversity
NAWJ Midyear Meeting and Leadership Conference
June 7-8, 2017
Los Angeles, California


Los Angles Retrospective: Counterbalance, Summer 2018, Volume 32, Issue 13 (page 20)

From June 7-8, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California, NAWJ hosted, as part of its annual Midyear Meeting, a Leadership Conference and red carpet Lady Justice Awards Gala which highlighted eight of their highest achieving heroes, and twelve of California’s most distinguished law school deans.

Over 200 attendees gathered to witness NAWJ grant its first set of Lady Justice Awards. The NAWJ President recognized NAWJ Founder Justice Joan Dempsey Klein and Justice Vaino Hassan Spencer (posthumously) with NAWJ Founders Awards. The Artistic Integrity Award went to Janet Langhart Cohen, a journalist and playwright. NAWJ recognized Hon. Sandra Day O’Connor with its Lifetime Achievement Award. Entertainment Attorney and Activist Nina Shaw, Esq. received the Career Achievement Award. The Hon. Dorothy Nelson, U.S Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, was honored with the Public Service Award. Jackie Lacey, District Attorney for the County of Los Angeles was awarded Community Leadership honor. The final award presentation honored activist, actor, and writer Sharon Stone with the Social Justice Award.

Thought provoking programs included Drug Safety and the Aging Population: Navigating Medication Use; Legal Implications of Entertainment and Media in the Internet Age; and Diversity and the Entertainment Industry. NAWJ recognizes and thanks all those involved for such an unforgettable experience.

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