NAWJ 41st Annual Conference

Oct 15, 2019 - All day - Oct 19, 2019

Omni Los Angeles Hotel

251 SOUTH OLIVE STREET

Los Angeles, CA 90012

City of Dreams, City of Angels: A Century of Women's Progress

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Approval for approximately 13 General hours (25 total), 1.5 Legal Ethics hours, and 5.5 Recognition and Elimination of Bias hours (7.75 total) MCLE are pending with The State Bar of California.

Event Details

Dine Around

Dine Around in Los Angeles

Sign-Up Today!

Thursday, October 17, 2019

6:30 pm – 9:00 pm. 

 

The Annual Conference is just a few weeks away, and our planning committee  has stamped its take on a familiar group venture, the Dine Around.

This year, each group will be accompanied by a local resident who can share the Ins and Outs of what’s happening in the City of Angels.

A select group of choice restaurants offering a variety of cuisines has been compiled to appeal to your very own gustatory delights.  Take advantage of this opportunity to venture out with friends old and new, and to break bread with your fellow conferees.

The reservations are ‘no host,’ begin at 7:00 pm, limited to 10 people, and each person pays for themselves.

Review the options listed below, and email your choice to Nikiesha Cosby at  nawj@ncsc.org.

 

Restaurant Options

Pez Cantina

410 S Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90071

(213) 258-2280, http://www.pezcantina.com

Mexican

0.4 mi, 8 min. walk/4 min. ride

Beach inspired decor, with a coastal themed Mexican menu; nice outdoor patio.

 

Katsuya (LA Live)

800 W. Olympic Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90015

(213) 747-9797, https://www.katsuyarestaurant.com

Japanese

1.9 mi/8 min. ride

Fresh takes on Japanese classics in a sushi restaurant.

 

Ocean Seafood Restaurant (CLOSED/WAITLIST)

750 N. Hill Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012

(213) 687-3088, https://www.oceanseafoodchinatown.com

Chinese

1 mi., 23 min. walk/5 minute ride

One of the original dim sum houses in Chinatown. Serves Hong Kong-style dim sum, fresh seafood and specialty Chinese cuisines.

 

Vespaio

225 S. Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90012

(213) 221-7244, https://www.vespaiodtla.com

Italian

Across the street from Omni

Nice patio area overlooking Grand Avenue

 

California Pizza Kitchen (DTLA)

735 S. Figueroa, Suite 305, Los Angeles, CA 90017

(213) 228-8500, https://www.cpk.com/Location/Details/7th-Street-Los-Angeles

Californian

0.9 mi/5 min. ride

Casual dining chain specializing in California-style pizza.

 

Church & State

1850 Industrial Street, Los Angeles, CA 90021

(213) 405-1434, https://www.churchandstatela.com/

French

2 mi /10 min. ride

Rustic-chic bistro serves housemade charcuterie & other French classics, plus creative cocktails.

 

10e Restaurant

811 W 7th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90017

(213) 488-1096, http://www.10erestaurant.com/

Mediterranean

0.8 mi /6 min. ride

Eatery & cocktail lounge supplying elevated Armenian & Lebanese cuisine in sophisticated surrounds.

 

WoodSpoon

107 W. 9th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90015

(213) 629-1765, www.woodspoonla.com

Brazilian

1 mi./21 min. walk/8 minute ride

Stylish but simple Brazilian restaurant known for yuca fries and chicken pot pies.

 

Tartine Bianco

757 S. Alameda Street, Suite 160 Los Angeles, CA 90021

(213) 375-3315, https://www.tartinebakery.com

American

1.5 mi./10 minute ride

Located in the Row in Downtown LA, a spin-off of a San Francisco classic, a big easygoing café where bread rules supreme.

 

Blue Cow

350 S Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90071

(213) 621-2249, https://bluecowkitchen.com

New American

0.3 mi /6 min. walk

Seasonal, locally sourced New American small plates & sandwiches, plus cocktails & an outdoor patio.

 

 

Hotel Information

OMNI LOS ANGELES HOTEL AT CALIFORNIA PLAZA

 251 South Olive Street, Los Angeles, California 90012

THE NAWJ BLOC IS FULL. Rooms at the Omni Los Angeles Hotel at California Plaza are no longer guaranteed at the rate of $249 per night, plus state and local taxes and fees, single or double occupancy.

You may still reserve online hereOr call (213) 617-3300 or (800) 843-6664.

Visit the hotel's website here.

Morning Yoga and Zumba

Thursday and Friday mornings during the conference next month, attendees can sign-up for a small fee and take advantage of popular exercise classes set up for your convenience.

 

ZUMBA - $20  Pay by cash or chek onsite.

Thursday, October 17th 6:00-7:00 am

Friday, October 18th 6:00-7:00 am

 

Zumba combines Latin dance moves with interval and resistance training for a full-body, rhythmic workout. You’ll move through salsa, mambo, cha-cha, cumbia, merengue, hip-hop, and belly dancing on your way to one of the most satisfying cardio workouts you’ve had in years.

 

YOGA - $30        Pay by cash or chek onsite.

Thursday, October 17th 6:00-7:00 am

Friday, October 18th 6:00-7:00 am

 

Yoga is a full on mind, body, soul experience. It strengthens the body with the use of traditional poses, invigorating flows, twisting and balancing sequences, core engagement and restorative supine postures to slow down and reset.

Limited spaces.

Registration Information

REGISTRATION FEES

Registration fees include educational sessions, receptions, meals, and access to the hospitality suite. Three days of cutting edge education programs are included in the registration fee.

NAWJ Member   $745

Non-Member      $800

 

CANCELLATION POLICY

NO REFUNDS. Registrants may cancel until September 15, 2019. All cancellations are subject to a $50 processing fee. Requests for cancellation on or after September 16, 2019 will not receive a refund. All third-party payments are subject to the same policy.

HOW TO REGISTER

Click here to register online. Or, download and complete this registration form and email to adminasst@nawj.org or call (202) 393-0222.  Mail completed form to:

            National Association of Women Judges

            1001 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Suite 1138

            Washington, D.C. 20036

           

 

Schedule of Events

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2019

 

International Judges Tour of Courts

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

NAWJ 2018 - 2019 Board of Directors Meeting

Time: 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

First-time Attendees/New Member Mentor/Mentee Meeting

Time: 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

International Judges Reception

Time: 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

WELCOME RECEPTION at the OMNI LOS ANGELES HOTEL

Time: 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

The Honorable Tam Nomoto Schumann, President of the California Judges Association, Superior Court of California, County of Orange (Retired)

 

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 16, 2019

Approval for approximately 13 General hours (25 total), 1.5 Legal Ethics hours, and 5.5 Recognition and Elimination of Bias hours (7.75 total) MCLE are pending with The State Bar of California

NAWJ Committee Meetings

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.

OPENING WELCOME CEREMONY

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

Remarks from:

NAWJ President, The Honorable Tamila E. Ipema, Superior Court of California, County of San Diego

Conference Chair, The Honorable Elizabeth Allen White, Superior Court of California, County of Los Angeles

City Attorney, The Honorable Mike Feuer, City of Los Angeles

Public Defender, Ricardo Garcia, Law Offices of the Los Angeles County Public Defender

Chief Judge, The Honorable Virginia A. Phillips, United States District Court, Central California

Presiding Judge, The Honorable Kevin C. Brazile, Superior Court of California, County of Los Angeles

Deputy Assistant Secretary, Heather Merritt, Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs, U.S. State Department

ABA President, Judge Perry Martinez, Of Counsel at Simon, Peragine, Smith & Redfearn

 

CONCURRENT SESSIONS

Time: 10:15 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.

 

Science for Judges: Unique Concerns in DNA Testing

Panelists:        

The Honorable Ming W. Chin, Supreme Court of California

The Honorable Peggy Hora,  Co-founder, Justice Speakers Institute, LLC; Superior Court of California, County of Alameda (Retired)

Joy D. Lyngar, Provost, The National Judicial College

This session is partially supported by the State Justice Institute through a grant to The National Judicial College in collaboration with the Justice Speakers Institute, LLC.

or

 

The Border Crisis and Beyond: Hot Topics in U.S. Immigration Policy

Panelists:

Ahilan Arulanantham, Senior Counsel, ACLU of Southern California; MacArthur Fellow (2016)

Anita Botti, Acting Executive Director, The Exodus Institute

Judy London, Directing Attorney, Immigrants' Rights Project, Public Counsel

Lindsay Toczylowski, Executive Director, Immigrant Defenders Law Center

 

KEYNOTE LUNCHEON

Time: 12:00 p.m. to 1:45 p.m.

IN CONVERSATION WITH THE CHIEF JUSTICE OF CALIFORNIA

The Honorable Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye, Chief Justice of California in a conversation moderated by The Honorable Lee Smalley Edmon, Presiding Justice of the California Court of Appeal, Second District, Division Three

Presentation of the Justice Vaino Spencer Leadership Award to CHIEF JUSTICE TANI G. CANTIL-SAKAUYE

 

CONCURRENT SESSIONS

Time: 2:00 p.m. to 3:15 p.m.

Transcending Traditional Roles:  Tackling Homelessness in the Courtroom and Beyond

Panelists:        

The Honorable Mike Feuer, City Attorney, Los Angeles

Professor Benjamin Henwood, PhD, LCSW, University of Southern California School of Social Work

The Honorable Sheila James Kuehl, Supervisor, Third District, Los Angeles County

Carol A. Sobel, Attorney, Law Office of Carol A. Sobel

or

Protecting our Elders: Problems and Solutions for Elder Abuse

Panelists:        

Russell Steven Balisok, Balisok & Associates, Inc

Christopher Cherney, California Licensed Nursing Home Administrator

Denise G. Feil, MD, MPH, Psychiatrist

Frank J. Fox, Majors & Fox

George Nowotny, Partner, Lewis Brisbois

 

JUDICIAL SECURITY: FROM THE PERSONAL TO THE VIRTUAL

Time: 3:30 p.m. to 4:45 p.m.

Eileen M. Decker, Vice President, Los Angeles Police Commission

The Honorable Julie Kocurek, 390th District Court, Austin, Texas

John F. Muffler, U.S. Marshal (Retired), National Judicial College faculty member

 

Asian Pacific Islander Women Judges Reception Sponsored by the Asian Pacific American Women lawyers Alliance of Southern California

Time: 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

 

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WOMEN LAWYERS ASSOCIATION OF LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA WOMEN LAWYERS and the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF WOMEN JUDGES

present

LOOKING BACK, LOOKING FORWARD: A CENTURY OF WOMEN'S PROGRESS

A RECEPTION at the WALT DISNEY CONCERT HALL

Celebrating NAWJ’s 40th Anniversary and Women Lawyers of Los Angeles’ 100th Anniversary

Performance by the Los Angeles Big Band of Barristers, conducted by Gary S. Greene

Time: 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

 

Film Screening:  Skid Row Marathon, A Documentary

Time: 8:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

 

Hospitality Suite

Time: 9:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.

NAWJ Senior and Retired Judges are planning to gather together in tonight's Hospitality Suite.

 

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 17, 2019

 

Walking Tour of Downtown Los Angeles

Time: 6:00 a.m. to 7:00 a.m.

 

Optional Exercise

Time: 6:00 a.m. to 7:00 a.m.

  • Option #1 Yoga Class - $30 additional fee. Click here to signup.
  • Option #2 Zumba with Marilu  -  $20 additional fee. Click here to signup.

 

NAWJ District Meetings

Time: 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.

 

THE BOOK OF RUTH, THE SONG OF SANDRA: STAGING LAW STORIES

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 10:15 a.m.

Speakers:        

The Honorable Judith McConnell, California Court of Appeal, Fourth District, Division One

Jonathan Shapiro, Former Federal Prosecutor, Screenwriter and Executive Producer, Playwright; Author of Deadly Force (2015) and Lawyers, Liars, and the Art of Storytelling (2014); Adjunct Professor,  UCLA Law School

 

CONCURRENT SESSIONS

Time: 10:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.

 

Restorative Justice and Successful Reentry: Unconventional Strategies from the Bench

Panelists:        

The Honorable Peter Espinoza, Director, Los Angeles County Office of Diversion and Reentry, Department of Health Services; Superior Court of California, County of Los Angeles (Retired)

The Honorable Kimberly Baker Guillemet, Superior Court of California, County of Los Angeles

The Honorable Karla D. Kerlin, Superior Court of California, County of Los Angeles

The Honorable Craig J. Mitchell, Superior Court of California, County of Los Angeles

or

Challenging Times for Judicial Independence - Administrative to Appellate

Panelists:        

The Honorable Emily Chafa, UIA Appeals Manager, Iowa Workforce Development UI Appeals Bureau (Retired)

The Honorable Jennifer Gee, Office of Administrative Law Judges, U.S. Department of Labor (Retired)

The Honorable Consuelo B. Marshall, U.S. District Court, Central California

Professor Gregory L. Ogden, Pepperdine University School of Law

The Honorable A. Ashley Tabaddor, President, National Association of Immigration Judges

or

Culture Change: Perspectives on the Future of Work In the World of “MeToo”

Introduction of the Panel by Robyn Crowther, Managing Partner of Steptoe & Johnson LLP

Panelists:        

Donna Melby, Partner, Litigation and Employment Law Departments, Paul Hastings

State Senator Holly J. Mitchell, California District No.30: Culver City, Ladera Heights, Westmont, Crenshaw, Downtown, Florence neighborhoods of Los Angeles

Anna Y. Park, Regional Attorney, Los Angeles District Office, U.S. Equal Opportunity Commission 

Cathy Schulman, President and CEO, Welle Entertainment; Board President Emerita, Women in Film

 

 

FRIENDS LUNCHEON

Time: 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Remarks on the IAWJ 15th Biennial Conference: “Celebrating Diversity”
The Honorable Vanessa Ruiz, President, International Association of Women Judges
Shawna J. Wilson, Executive Director, International Association of Women Judges

 

LINDA GREENHOUSE

Joseph Goldstein Lecturer in Law and Knight Distinguished Journalist in Residence at Yale Law School. She covered the Supreme Court for The New York Times between 1978 and 2008 and writes a biweekly column on law.

 

Presentation of the 41st Annual Conference Recognition Award to

Donna Melby, Partner, Litigation and Employment Law Departments, Paul Hastings LLP

 

CONCURRENT SESSIONS

Time: 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

 

Repairing Justice:  Innocence Projects, Conviction Integrity Units and Exonerating the Wrongfully Convicted

Panelists:        

Patricia Cummings, Supervisor, Conviction Integrity & Special Investigations Unit, Office of the District Attorney, Philadelphia

Professor Laurie L. Levenson, Loyola Law School, Los Angeles; Founder, Loyola Law School’s Project for the Innocent.

Peter Neufeld, Partner, Neufeld Scheck & Brustin, LLP; Co-founder of the Innocence Project

Ruben Pinuelas,  Exoneree

or

International Tea and Ethics

Facilitators:

The Honorable Judith C. Chirlin, Superior Court of California, County of Los Angeles County (Retired); Former Executive Director, Western Justice Center

The Honorable Lisette Shirdan-Harris, Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas, Pennsylvania; NAWJ International Director, IAWJ North American Delegate


PIPER KERMAN

Time: 3:45 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Piper Kerman is author of the memoir Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Women’s Prison, (adapted by Jenji Kohan into an Emmy Award-winning original series for Netflix; Board Member, Women's Prison Associations

 

NAWJ-International Association of Lesbian and Gay Judges Reception

Time: 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.

 

JAMS International Judges Reception -- by invitation only

Time: 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

 

DINE AROUND – Free Time on Your Own

Be sure to sign up and join others at Los Angeles restaurants specially selected by the Dine Around Committee.

Dine Around options can be access frmoi the conference webpage - select the Dine Around tab.

 

Hospitality Suite Hosted by Nashville’s 2020 Annual Conference Planning Committee

Time: 10:00 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.

 

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 18, 2019

 

Walking Tour of Downtown Los Angeles

Time: 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 a.m.

 

Optional Exercise

Time: 6:00 a.m. to 7:00 a.m.

  • Option #1 Yoga Class - $30 additional fee. Click here to signup.
  • Option #2 Zumba with Marilu  -  $20 additional fee. Click here to signup.

 

NAWJ Annual Business Meeting and Investiture of New Officers

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.

 

CONCURRENT SESSIONS

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 10:15 a.m.

 

Courts in the Crosshairs in 2019: Political Environment, Potential Threats, and Practical Approaches to Preserving our Impartial Judiciary

Panelists:        

Annette Boyd Pitts, Education Chair, NAWJ Judicial Independence Committee;  Director, Justice Teaching Center for Civic Learning     

The Honorable Robin E. Hudson, Supreme Court of North Carolina; Co-Chair, NAWJ Judicial Independence Committee

The Honorable Curtis E.A. Karnow, Superior Court of California, County of San Francisco

The Honorable Debra L. Stephens, Washington State Supreme Court; Co-Chair, NAWJ Judicial Independence Committee

or

Human Trafficking:  A Discussion of Interventions that Work in the United States and Internationally

Panelists:

The Honorable Marcia Bernicat, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs, U.S. Department of State

Kelly Dermody, Managing Partner, Lieff, Cabraser, Heimann & Bernstein, LLP

The Honorable Rupa S. Goswami, Superior Court of California, County of Los Angeles         

Jessie Kornberg,  President & CEO, Bet Tzedek

The Honorable Catherine J. Pratt, Superior Court of California, County of Los Angeles

or

HORIZON LINE - A Play about Hate Crimes by the Western Justice Center

Facilitator: Brian Joseph

Actor - Jack Sampson

Stage Manager - Riley Nelson-Campos

 

CONCURRENT SESSIONS

Time: 10:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.

 

Sexual Assaults in the Military and Their Civilian Aftermath

Panelists:

Stephanie R. Cooper, LTC, JA, Chief, Operations Branch, Office of The Judge Advocate General, Criminal Law Division

Danette Montoya, LCSW, Military Sexual Trauma Coordinator, San Francisco VA Health Care System

The Honorable Eileen C. Moore, California Court of Appeal, Fourth District, Division Three

State Senator Tom Umberg, California District No. 34: Anaheim, Fountain Valley, Garden Grove, Huntington Beach, Los Alamitos, Midway City, Orange, Rossmoor, Santa Ana, Seal Beach and Westminster in Orange County

or

Women Judges and Leadership: Overcoming Challenges and Breaking New Ground

Panelists:

The Honorable Maame E. Frimpong, Superior Court of California, County of Los Angeles         

The Honorable Marcella A. Holland, Baltimore City Circuit Court

The Honorable Margaret Morrow, President and CEO, Public Counsel; U.S. District Court, Central California (Retired)

The Honorable Adrienne C. Nelson, Oregon Supreme Court

or

Judicial Tools for Creating a Bias-Free Courtroom for Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming People

Panelists:

Todd Brower, Judicial Education Director, Williams Institute, UCLA School of Law

The Honorable Victoria Kolakowski, Superior Court of California 

County of Alameda

The Honorable Kristin L. Rosi, Chair, NAWJ LGBTQ Committee; ALJ, Administrative Hearing Bureau,  California Department of Insurance

The Honorable Therese M. Stewart, California Court of Appeal, First District, Division Two

 

KEYNOTE LUNCHEON

Time: 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Introduction of Keynote Speaker by Robyn Crowther, Managing Partner of Steptoe & Johnson LLP

ERWIN CHEMERINSKY will provide a U.S. SUPREME COURT UPDATE

Dean and Jesse H. Choper Distinguished Professor of Law at University of California, Berkeley

 

Presentation of NAWJ Equal Access to Justice Scholarship Award to Zarish Akram, Loyola Law School, Los Angeles

 

NAWJ Judicial Independence Committee/Informed Voters-Fair Judges Project Meeting

Time: 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

2019-2020 NAWJ Board of Directors Meeting

Time: 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

NAWJ Resource Board Meeting

Time: 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

 

NAWJ ANNUAL AWARDS BANQUET

Cocktail Reception: 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Gala and After Hours Dancing: 7:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.

 

Presentation of the 41st Annual Conference Recognition Award

to JUDGE ELIZABETH ALLEN WHITE, Superior Court of California, County of Los Angeles

 

Presentation of the Joan Dempsey Klein Honoree of the Year Award

to JUDGE HOLLY J. FUJIE, Superior Court of California, County of Los Angeles

 

Presentation of the Norma Wikler Excellence in Service Award

to ANNETTE BOYD PITTS, Director, Justice Teaching Center for Civic Learning

 

Presentation of the Florence K. Murray Award

to JERRILYN MALANA, Chief Deputy District Attorney for Human Resources, San Diego County District Attorney’s Office

 

Presentation of the Mattie Belle Davis Award

to SHIBANI MALHOTRA, Senior Justice Advisor, Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs, U.S. State Department

 

Presentation of the Lady Justice Award

to KATHY IRELAND, Business Entrepreneur, Author

 

Farewell by Outgoing NAWJ President, The Honorable Tamila E. Ipema

 

Swearing-In of  Incoming NAWJ President, The Honorable Bernadette D'Souza

 

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 19, 2019

Farewell Breakfast

Time: 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.

Session Descriptions

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 16, 2019

 

 

CONCURRENT SESSIONS

Time: 10:15 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.

 

Science for Judges: Unique Concerns in DNA Testing

From solving a cold case through familial database searches (like Ancestry.com), to exonerating the wrongfully convicted, to limiting damages in a civil trial, DNA evidence continues to receive attention from the news media because of its perceived power in our courtrooms. Learn about the latest trends in DNA collection and analysis. Understand some of the new technologies that are being used in forensic DNA laboratories. After this session you will be able to rule with greater precision on the admissibility of DNA genetic evidence.

 

Panelists:

The Honorable Ming W. Chin, Supreme Court of California

The Honorable Peggy Hora, Co-Founder, Justice Speakers Institute, LLC; Superior Court of California, County of Alameda (Retired)

Joy D. Lyngar, Provost, The National Judicial College

 

 

This session is funded by the State Justice Institute through a grant to The National Judicial College in collaboration with the Justice Speakers Institute, LLC.

 

or

 

The Border Crisis and Beyond: Hot Topics in U.S. Immigration Policy

DACA, the border, our immigration court system – all of these issues and more are dominating the U.S. news cycle, while the global migration crisis continues to build, with no resolution in sight.  Our four panelists bring decades of experience and perspective as they separate fact from fiction, and explain how federal immigration policies are playing out across the country and beyond.

 

Panelists:

Ahilan Arulanantham, Senior Counsel, ACLU of Southern California; MacArthur Fellow (2016)

Anita Botti, Acting Executive Director, The Exodus Institute

Judy London, Directing Attorney, Immigrants' Rights Project, Public Counsel

Lindsay Toczylowski, Executive Director, Immigrant Defenders Law Center

 

KEYNOTE Luncheon

Time: 12:00 p.m. to 1:45 p.m.

 

IN CONVERSATION WITH THE CHIEF JUSTICE OF CALIFORNIA

The Honorable Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye, Chief Justice of California in a conversation moderated by The Honorable Lee Smalley Edmon, Presiding Justice of the California Court of Appeal, Second District, Division Three

 

CONCURRENT SESSIONS

Time: 2:00 p.m. to 3:15 a.m.

 

Transcending Traditional Roles: Tackling Homelessness in the Courtroom and Beyond

Homelessness is one of the most pressing issues facing communities across the country. Nearly a century after the United States Supreme Court struck down  criminal "vagrancy" laws rooted in the Great Depression, the issue is again before the Courts.  This session explores the role of the judicial system in responding to challenges by advocates and government officials as they attempt to address homelessness.    

 

Panelists:

The Honorable Mike Feuer, City Attorney, Los Angeles

Professor Benjamin Henwood, PhD, LCSW, University of Southern California School of Social Work

The Honorable Sheila James Kuehl, Supervisor, Third District, Los Angeles County

Carol A. Sobel, Attorney, Law Office of Carol A. Sobel

 

 

or

 

Protecting our Elders: Problems and Solutions for Elder Abuse

 

The panel will begin with a discussion of the effects of aging on our brains and the emotional response of our elders when confronted with their own loss of function and independence.  The panel will then discuss issues which arise when strangers and relatives – from insurance companies to children – take advantage of the elderly.  The panel will examine our health care system’s systematic denial of needed health care to our elders and the chronically ill, in order to enhance operating profit.  Finally, the panel will discuss California’s legislative effort to provide remedies for such abuse.

 

Speakers:

Russell Steven Balisok, Balisok & Associates, Inc

Christopher Cherney, California Licensed Nursing Home Administrator

Denise G. Feil, MD, Psychiatrist

Frank J. Fox, Majors & Fox

George Nowotny, Partner, Lewis Brisbois

 

 

 

 

JUDICIAL SECURITY: FROM THE PERSONAL TO THE VIRTUAL

Time: 3:30 p.m. to 4:45 p.m.

 

A Texas judge who survived a stalking and assassination attempt, a former Administrator of the National Center for Judicial Security responsible for the physical and online security of judges, and a former United States Attorney who prosecuted cyber intrusions and online invasion of privacy cases will discuss 21st century judicial security.  Specifically, the panel will address  individual, courthouse, and online security issues that impact all judicial officers; common security vulnerabilities that are exploited; taking ownership of your own security; social media pitfalls; and best practices for protecting your personal and online security.

 

Eileen M. Decker, Vice President, Los Angeles Police Commission

The Honorable Julie Kocurek, 390th District Court, Austin, Texas

John F. Muffler, U.S. Marshal (Retired); National Center for Judicial Security

 

 

Film Screening: Skid Row Marathon, A Documentary

Time: 8:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

 

When a criminal court judge starts a running club on LA’s notorious skid row and begins training a motley group of addicts and criminals to run marathons, lives begin to change. Skid Row Marathon follows four runners as they rise from the mean streets of LA to run marathons around the world, fighting the pull of homelessness and addiction at every turn.

 

Hospitality Suite (and NAWJ Retired Judges Committee Meeting)

Time: 9:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.

 

 

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 17, 2019

 

The Book of Ruth, The Song of Sandra:  Staging Law Stories

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 10:15 a.m.

 

Storytelling isn't a metaphor for advocacy or judicial opinion writing. It is their foundation. Former federal prosecutor turned screenwriter and playwright Jonathan Shapiro will explore how lawyers and judges might utilize 21st century narrative techniques to improve their products and services. 

 

Speakers:

The Honorable Judith McConnell, California Court of Appeal, Fourth District, Division One

Jonathan Shapiro, Former Federal Prosecutor, Screenwriter and Executive Producer, Playwright; Author of Deadly Force (2015) and Lawyers, Liars, and the Art of Storytelling (2014); Adjunct Professor,  UCLA Law School

 

 

CONCURRENT SESSIONS

Time: 10:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.

 

Restorative Justice and Successful Reentry: Unconventional Strategies from the Bench

 

At the root of criminogenic behavior often lies mental illness, substance use disorders, abuse, poverty and other unaddressed traumatic conditions.  Given this reality, our criminal justice system has made tremendous strides over the past several years to reduce recidivism by addressing these drivers.  The panelists will share their experiences with effective, evidence-based strategies being undertaken in the Los Angeles region by the court in connection with various justice partners through the provision of service-enriched affordable housing, mental health care, substance abuse treatment, employment and training programs that seek to release vulnerable persons from custody, reduce recidivism, and give individuals a chance to have a different future.  Panelists will discuss the Skid Row Running Club, innovative programs offered through the Los Angeles County Office of Diversion & Reentry (ODR) including the ODR courts for expectant mothers and individuals experiencing homelessness and mental illness, as well as other cutting-edge court and community-based programs aimed at recidivism reduction available throughout the county.

 

Panelists:        

The Honorable Peter Espinoza, Director, Los Angeles County Office of Diversion and Reentry, Department of Health Services; Superior Court of California, County of Los Angeles (Retired)

The Honorable Kimberly Baker Guillemet, Superior Court of California, County of Los Angeles

The Honorable Karla D. Kerlin, Superior Court of California, County of Los Angeles

The Honorable Craig J. Mitchell, Superior Court of California, County of Los Angeles

 

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Challenging Times for Judicial Independence - Administrative to Appellate

Independence of the judiciary is an essential component of our democratic system of government. Yet challenges to it are ever present.  How judges are selected is a major factor. No system is perfect. Even our life tenured federal judges have felt pressures of late. State judges who run for office, or retention, face a special set of challenges.  Administrative judges at both the state and federal level face special challenges given the inherent controls of the administrative agencies they serve. A new set of challenges has arisen as a result of the Supreme Court’s decision in 2018 which held that the system used by the SEC for appointment  of its Administrative Law Judges did not comply with the appointments clause of the U.S. Constitution. Lucia v SEC  585 US--  (2018). The Lucia decision was followed by an immediate Executive Order [#13,843, 83 Fed. Reg. 32,755 (July 10, 2018)] which ended the decades long system of appointment of Federal ALJs from a register compiled by the Office of Permanent Management following a merits examination, and replacing the examination system with authorization for direct appointment by agency heads. The decision left a myriad of unanswered questions regarding its ramifications for federal and state judges at all levels. Our panel of experts will explore the effect of the LUCIA decision and its possible ramifications at all levels of the judiciary, federal and state, trial and appellate, administrative and judicial. 

 

Panelists:

The Honorable Emily Chafa, UIA Appeals Manager, Iowa Workforce Development UI Appeals Bureau

The Honorable Jennifer Gee, Office of Administrative Law Judges, U.S. Department of Labor (Retired)

The Honorable Consuelo B. Marshall, U.S. District Court, Central California

Professor Gregory L. Ogden, Pepperdine University School of Law

The Honorable A. Ashley Tabaddor, President, National Association of Immigration Judges

 

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Culture Change: Perspectives on the Future of Work In the World of “Me Too”

 

Change is the law of life.  And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future.” John F. Kennedy

 

The court of public opinion frequently sets the stage long before courts of law ever become involved. Join us for a discussion from different perspectives—legislative, judicial, and private sector, as we together explore and address the challenges of cultural change, inside and outside the workplace, through proactive engagement, inclusion, collaboration, and innovation.   

 

Panelists:

Commissioner Charlotte A. Burrows, U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

Donna Melby, Partner, Litigation and Employment Law Departments, Paul Hastings LLP

State Senator Holly J. Mitchell, California District No.30: Culver City, Ladera Heights, Westmont, Crenshaw, Downtown, Florence neighborhoods of Los Angeles

Cathy Schulman, President and CEO, Welle Entertainment; Board President Emerita, Women in Film

 

 

FRIENDS Luncheon

Time: 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

 

LINDA GREENHOUSE

Ms. Greenhouse is the Joseph Goldstein Lecturer in Law and Knight Distinguished Journalist in Residence at Yale Law School. She covered the Supreme Court for The New York Times between 1978 and 2008 and writes a biweekly column on law.

 

 

CONCURRENT SESSIONS

Time: 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

 

Repairing Justice:  Innocence Projects, Conviction Integrity Units and Exonerating the Wrongfully Convicted

 

Given estimates that more than 5% of those convicted of murder, attempted murder and serious sex offenses are innocent, this panel will examine the causes of wrongful convictions.  These causes can range from problems with eyewitness identification, false confessions, tainted forensic evidence, ineffective assistance of counsel, to police and prosecutorial misconduct, including the failure to disclose exculpatory evidence.  This panel will explore how wrongful convictions can be prevented, the role of the court in preventing wrongful convictions, and the effect of wrongful convictions on everyone in the criminal justice system.  The panel will include perspectives from the co-founder of The Innocence Project Network, a lead prosecutor in a Conviction Integrity Unit, an exoneree, and the founder of Loyola's Project for the Innocent.

 

Panelists:

Patricia Cummings, Supervisor, Conviction Integrity & Special Investigations Unit, Office of the District Attorney, Philadelphia

Professor Laurie L. Levenson, Loyola Law School, Los Angeles; Founder, Loyola Law School’s Project for the Innocent.

Peter Neufeld, Partner, Neufeld Scheck & Brustin, LLP; Co-founder of The Innocence Project

Ruben Pinuelas,  Exoneree

 

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International Tea and Ethics

This roundtable of international and U.S. based judges will convene over tea for a discussion of hot topics in global ethics. Our facilitator will lead small group discussions of hypothetical questions throughout this interactive program. Each small group will be seated in roundtable formation, and will have its own discussion lead. After the discussion, proposed solutions will be presented to the entire group.

 

Facilitator: The Honorable Judith C. Chirlin, Superior Court of California, County of Los Angeles County (Retired)

 

PIPER KERMAN

Time: 3:45 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

 

Piper Kerman is the author of the memoir Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Women’s Prison, (adapted by Jenji Kohan into an Emmy Award-winning original series for Netflix); Board Member, Women’s Prison Associations.

 

 

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 18, 2019

 

 

CONCURRENT SESSIONS

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 10:15 a.m.

 

Courts in the Crosshairs in 2019: Political Environment, Potential Threats, and Practical Approaches to Preserving our Impartial Judiciary

 

The integrity of our courts is based in large measure on its independence from politics and partisan influences.  But attempts to politicize the judicial branch and undermine the independence and integrity of our courts are pervasive.  What are the consequences of such sustained efforts and what can judges do? This session will provide a review of the state, national, and global political environment impacting fair and impartial courts. An array of challenges facing judges and undermining the judiciary in our state courts will be examined. Examples to be highlighted include campaign attack ads; legislative proposals and state constitutional amendments; threatened or actual impeachments and recalls of judges; public disparagement by the media and foreign interests and additional challenges. The session will then consider what judges can do consistent with judicial conduct standards, and will conclude with a variety of practical recommendations and model efforts to combat such threats from around the country.

 

Panelists:

Annette Boyd-Pitts, National Education Chair, NAWJ Judicial Independence Committee;  Director, Justice Teaching Center for Civic Learning

The Honorable Robin E. Hudson, Supreme Court of North Carolina; Co-Chair, NAWJ Judicial Independence Committee

The Honorable Curtis E.A. Karnow, Superior Court of California, County of San Francisco

The Honorable Debra L. Stephens, Washington State Supreme Court;

Co-Chair, NAWJ Judicial Independence Committee

 

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Human Trafficking:  A Discussion of Interventions that Work in the United States and Internationally

 

Local and global economies are filled with trafficked laborers – as domestic workers, day laborers, and sex workers. The destruction of modern slavery - on mostly young, female lives - manifests in juvenile courts, in wage theft adjudications, through custody disputes, and throughout criminal justice structures. None of these systems adequately address the issue. This panel brings together those leading the conversation about comprehensive solutions in direct services, court design, and law enforcement.

 

Panelists:

The Honorable Marcia Bernicat, Former Ambassador to Bangladesh, U.S. Department of State

Kelly Dermody, Managing Partner, Lieff, Cabraser, Heimann & Bernstein, LLP

The Honorable Rupa S. Goswami, Superior Court of California, 

County of Los Angeles          

Jessie Kornberg,  President & CEO, Bet Tzedek

The Honorable Catherine J. Pratt, Superior Court of California, 

County of Los Angeles

 

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HORIZON LINE - A Play about Hate Crimes by The Western Justice Center

 

A single-actor live play about the roots of hate crimes:  HORIZON LINE explores bias-motivated behavior through the eyes of Danny Curtis, a young white man on a path of escalating destruction, and the people in his life who influence his choices, for better and for worse. HORIZON LINE tells a story of conflicting impulses and loyalties in the life of an impressionable young man. Danny loves art and yearns to create a happy picture of himself and his world. However, his desire to fit in, to be seen and to be heard, lead him toward acts that destroy property, frighten people and place his own future in jeopardy.

 

Lisa Blake, Program Coordinator, Western Justice Center

 

CONCURRENT SESSIONS

Time: 10:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.

 

Sexual Assaults in the Military and Their Civilian Aftermath

 

The panel will discuss sexual assault in the military and the resources available for its victims. There will be a brief description of some of the legal issues involved.  A United States Army Lieutenant Colonel Judge Advocate will describe the legal process within the military when a military victim accuses another servicemember of a sexual assault.  The Army JAG will also discuss the support available to these victims through the military, including the Special Victim Counsel program. A Veterans Administration specialist will talk about the treatment of veterans who were victims of sexual assault. A California Senator will talk about possible legislative options for a state in light of federal preemption.

 

Panelists:

Stephanie R. Cooper, LTC, JA; Chief, Operations Branch, Office of The Judge Advocate General, Criminal Law Division

Danette Montoya, LCSW, Military Sexual Trauma Coordinator, San Francisco VA Health Care System

The Honorable Eileen C. Moore, California Court of Appeal, Fourth District, Division Three

State Senator Tom Umberg, California District No. 34: Anaheim, Fountain Valley, Garden Grove, Huntington Beach, Los Alamitos, Midway City, Orange, Rossmoor, Santa Ana, Seal Beach and Westminster in Orange County

 

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Women Judges and Leadership: Overcoming Challenges and Breaking New Ground

Although all women judges face challenges on the bench, those women judges who serve in positions of leadership on their courts face unique challenges.  This panel will explore the unique challenges and opportunities faced by women judges in achieving and assuming positions of leadership and accomplishing their goals as court leaders.

The panelists will share how they have overcome challenges and broken new ground on their courts. Participants will learn what they can do both to prepare to achieve and assume positions of leadership on their courts and what they can do to support women seeking positions of leadership on their courts.

 

Panelists:

The Honorable Maame E. Frimpong, Superior Court of California, 

County of Los Angeles          

The Honorable Marcella A. Holland, Baltimore City Circuit Court

The Honorable Margaret Morrow, President and CEO, Public Counsel; U.S. District Court, Central California (Retired)

The Honorable Adrienne C. Nelson, Oregon Supreme Court

 

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Judicial Tools for Creating a Bias-Free Courtroom for Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming People

 

Rule 2.3 of the California Code of Judicial Conduct mandates judges perform their duties without bias or prejudice, and further requires that judges ensure lawyers refrain from manifesting any bias or prejudice. Yet when Lamba Legal asked thousands of LGBT persons to assess how well courts protect their rights, 19% of those responding reported hearing a judge, attorney or other court employee make negative comments about a person’s sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression. This panel will provide judges with the tools necessary to address and eliminate bias towards transgender and gender non-conforming persons in the courtroom. Judges will be introduced to terminology related to gender identity and expression and will be given a picture of the courtroom challenges faced by transgender and gender non-conforming persons. Judges will leave with new strategies for providing a bias-free courtroom, including how to combat bias in jury selection.

 

Panelists:

Todd Brower, Judicial Education Director, The Williams Institute, UCLA School of Law

The Honorable Victoria Kolakowski, Superior Court of California, 

County of Alameda

The Honorable Kristin L. Rosi, Chair, NAWJ LGBTQ Committee; ALJ, Administrative Hearing Bureau,  California Department of Insurance

The Honorable Therese M. Stewart, California Court of Appeal, First District, Division Two

 

KEYNOTE Luncheon

Time: 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

 

Introduction of Keynote Speaker

Robyn Crowther, Managing Partner of Steptoe & Johnson LLP

 

U.S. SUPREME COURT UPDATE

Erwin Chemerinsky

Dean and Jesse H. Choper Distinguished Professor of Law at

University of California, Berkeley School of Law

 

 

 

 

Sponsorship

Download NAWJ's 41st Annual Conference Sponsor Brochure here.

 

FRIENDS COMMITTEE CHAIR

 

Donna Marie Melby, Esq.

Partner,  Litigation and Employment Law Departments
Paul Hastings LLP,  Los Angeles, California
 Email: donnamelby@paulhastings.com

 

SPONSOR LEVELS AND BENEFITS

 

PREMIERE: $25,000
Introduce a speaker at the conference; ten (10) complimentary conference registrations (includes all CLE programming, Wednesday and Thursday night receptions and Thursday Friends Luncheon); one (1) reserved table at Friday Gala Dinner, priority seating; recognition from podium; recognition on tables at luncheon; two (2) reserved tables at luncheon; full-page color ad with prominent positioning in Conference program book; recognition on all printed promotional materials; and projection of company logo on main screens at the conference. 

 

GOLD: $15,000
Five (5) complimentary conference registrations (includes all CLE programming, Wednesday and Thursday night receptions and Thursday Friends Luncheon); special recognition from podium at Friday Gala Dinner, priority seating; recognition on tables at luncheon and one (1) reserved table at luncheon; full-page color ad in program book; recognition on all printed promotional materials; and projection of company logo on main screens at the conference.

 

PALLADIUM: $10,000
Four (4) complimentary conference registrations (includes all CLE programming, Wednesday and Thursday night receptions and Thursday Friends Luncheon), priority seating; recognition on tables at luncheon and one (1) reserved table at luncheon; full-page color ad in program book; recognition on all printed promotional materials; and projection of company logo on main screens at the conference.

 

SILVER: $7,500
Three (3) complimentary conference registrations (includes all CLE programming, Wednesday and Thursday night receptions and Thursday Friends Luncheon); recognition on tables at luncheon and three (3) seats at the Luncheon; full-page black and white ad in program book; recognition on all printed promotional materials; and projection of company logo on main screens at the conference.

 

BRONZE: $5,000
Two (2) complimentary conference registrations (includes all CLE programming, Wednesday and Thursday and night receptions and Thursday Friends Luncheon); recognition on tables at Luncheon and two (2) seats at the Luncheon; full-page black and white ad in program book; recognition on all printed promotional materials; and projection of company logo on main screens at the conference.

 

SUPPORTER: $1,500-$4,999
One (1) complimentary conference registrations (includes all CLE programming, Wednesday and Thursday and night receptions and Thursday Friends Luncheon); recognition on tables at luncheon; half-page black and white ad in program book; recognition on all printed and electronic marketing materials..

 

CONTRIBUTOR: Up to below $1,500
Special mention in the NAWJ newsletter and Conference Sponsorship book.

 

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FOR MORE INFORMATION ON SPONSORSHIP, PLEASE CONTACT:
Laurie Denham, Interim Executive Director
Phone: 202-393-0222    Email: ldenham@nawj.org

Vendors and Exhibitors

The National Association of Women Judges and the Los Angeles Conference Committee thank the participating vendors and exhibitors listed below.  

 

VENDORS

Downtown Women’s Center

 

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Marie Borofsky

Nikki Michelle Jewelry

Nina Mclemore

Rachel Miriam

 

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WEST LOVE Color and Culture

 

EXHIBITORS

ABA Judicial Division

CourtCall LLC

File & ServeXpress LLC

ImageSource

Litigation Legal Insight

Tyler Technologies

Women in Dispute Resolution