2021 NAWJ Midyear Meeting

Apr 15, 2021 @ 5:30PM - Apr 16, 2021 @ 6:00PM

Join us for the 2021 NAWJ Midyear Meeting!  This year's meeting will be held virtually, but still provide ample networking opportunities and educational sessions.  You will not want to miss the chance to engage with colleagues and friends.  

Please use the dropdowns below to view the session descriptions, speakers, sponsorship information and additional resources.



  • Member - $25/ Non-Member - $75


(*All Times Eastern Daylight Time)

Thursday, April 15, 2021  
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM * Welcome, Introduction of NAWJ Resource Board and Breakout Room Discussions
  • New Ways to Address the Old Problem of Sexual Harassment in the Legal Workplace
  • How the Courts Can Promote Equity in the Legal Profession
  • The New Normal: Professional and Personally
  • Helping Women Return to the Workforce
6:40 PM - 8:00 PM Opening Interactive Reception - Join mixologist Adam Marans in making the NAWJ specialty Cocktail and Mocktail (materials needed are listed below under Interactive Reception Resources)
Friday, April 16, 2021  
11:00 AM - 11:10 AM Welcome and Introductions
11:15 AM - 12:30 PM Educational Session 1 - Racial Inequities as a Judicial Officer: The Personal Stories of Three African-American Justices
12:30 PM - 12:45 PM Break
12:45 PM - 2:00 PM Educational Session 2 - Thriving as a Judge and as a Person During and After the Pandemic
2:15 PM - 2:30 PM Break
2:30 PM - 3:25 PM Business Meeting - Presentation of Emergency Resolutions - Open to all NAWJ members
3:30 PM - 5:30 PM NAWJ Board Meeting with Committee Chairs - Open to all NAWJ members

CLE Credit: If you would like to request a certificate of attendance for the NAWJ 2021 Midyear meeting for CLE purposes, please email nawj@nawj.org to request the certificate.  Attendance will be determined through reports from Zoom.

2021 Midyear Meeting Sponsors

Thomson Reuters

Event Details

Education Session Descriptions

Education Session 1

Racial Inequities as a Judicial Officer: The Personal Stories of Three African-American Justices

Many judges have to deal with their own colleagues and court administration who are oblivious to the impact of systemic racism. African-American judges have had to do the heavy lifting on the topic of implicit bias and cultural competency as if it is a special interests pursuit. Addressing  racial inequities in the judiciary should be the pursuit of everyone involved in the administration of justice, not just the judges of color. Hear the stories of three African American Judges discuss their journeys and how they have navigated the challenging times.

Former Chief Justice Cheri Beasley of North Carolina, Tamika Montgomery-Reeves, Associate Justice of the Delaware Supreme Court, and Justice Helen Whitener, Justice of the Washington Supreme Court, moderated by Professor john a. powell, Professor of Law, African-American, & Ethnic Studies at UC Berkeley.


"Racial discrimination, the superwoman schema, and allostatic load: exploring an integrative stress-coping model among African American women" - Amani Allen article

"What Judges Can Do about Implicit Bias" by Jerry Kang

Education Session 2

Thriving as a Judge and as a Person During and After the Pandemic

The second session will be led by presenters Judge Jeremy Fogel and Dr. Kristen Allott and moderated by Judge Tamila Ipema. They will focus on the experience of the last year and will explain how both mindfulness and nutrition can normalize neurological functioning and improve energy, mental clarity, and decision making. The presenters will discuss some of the basic science about stress and tools that judges can use to reduce and manage it. Studies and experiences will be shared during this interactive and practical session.

Education Session Speakers

dr.-kristen-allot.png Dr. Kristen Allott, ND, MS
Naturopathic Physician, Speaker, Author
hon.-cheri-beasley.png The Honorable Cheri Beasley
Former Chief Justice, Supreme Court of North Carolina
hon.-jerry-fogal.png The Honorable Jeremy Fogel (Ret.)
Executive Director, Berkeley Judicial Institute
hon.-tamika-montgomery-reeves.png The Honorable Tamika Montgomery-Reeves
Associate Justice, Delaware Supreme Court
john-a.-powell.png john a. powell
Director, Othering and Belonging Institute
Professor of Law, African American, and Ethnic Studies
University of California at Berkeley
whitener.png The Honorable G. Helen Whitener
Justice, Washington State Supreme Court


Interactive Reception Resources

Below are the resources needed for the Interactive Reception on April 15, 2021 with mixologist Adam Marans.

Sponsorship Opportunities

The NAWJ Midyear Meeting Sponsors have the unique opportunity to connect with a diverse network of judges from all levels of the judiciary across the United States. As a sponsor at the NAWJ Midyear Meeting, you will build relationships, build upon your professional development skills and have the opportunity to promote your organization. For more details about sponsorship, please email ldenham@nawj.org