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

Hotel Information

OMNI LOS ANGELES HOTEL AT CALIFORNIA PLAZA

 251 South Olive Street, Los Angeles, California 90012

Rooms at the Omni Los Angeles Hotel at California Plaza have been guaranteed at the rate of $249 per night, plus state and local taxes and fees, single or double occupancy.

RESERVE ONLINE through the OMNI-NAWJ block portal hereCALL (213) 617-3300 or (800) 843-6664 and state that you are with the National Association of Women Judges (NAWJ).

Reservations must be made on or before September 23, 2019 to guarantee the meeting rate. Room blocks may fill before the cut-off date. Early booking is recommended to obtain a room before NAWJ's room block is depleted.

Visit the hotel's website here.

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.

REGISTRATION TYPE

EARLY-BIRD REGISTRATION

(through 8/23/2019)

REGULAR REGISTRATION

(8/24/2019-9/16/2019)

LATE REGISTRATION

(starting 9/17/2019)

NAWJ Member

$620

$695

$745

Non-Member

$700

$750

$800

CANCELLATION POLICY

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 accounting@nawj.org.  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 3:00 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.

 

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.

Conference Chair

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

NAWJ President

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

City Attorney

The Honorable Michael Feuer, City of Los Angeles

Public Defender

Ricardo Garcia, Law Offices of Los Angeles County

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 of State

Heather Merritt, Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL)

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 Benes Aldana (Judge, Retired), President, The National Judicial College

The Honorable Ming W. Chin, Supreme Court of California

The Honorable Peggy Hora (Judge, Retired), Justice Speakers Institute, LLC

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

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 Toczylowsk, Executive Director, Immigrant Defenders Law Center

 

KEYNOTE LUNCHEON

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

IN CONVERSATION WITH THE CHIEF JUSTICE

The Honorable Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye, Chief Justice of the State 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 p.m.

Transcending Traditional Roles:  Tackling Homelessness in the Courtroom and Beyond

Panelists:        

Mike Feuer, City Attorney, Los Angeles

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

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

Dr. Denise G. Feil, MD, Gerontologist

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

 

Reception of the International Association of Lesbian and Gay Judges (IALGBTQ)

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

 

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NAWJ, WOMEN LAWYERS ASSOCIATION OF LOS ANGELES and the CALIFORINA WOMEN LAWYERS

present

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

A RECEPTION at the WALT DISNEY 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 (and NAWJ Retired Judges Commitee Meeting)

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

 

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

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

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”

Panelists:        

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

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

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

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

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

Facilitated by The Honorable Judith C. Chirlin, California Superior Court (Retired)


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 Prison’s Associations

 

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.

 

District Directors Meeting

Time: 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

 

DINE AROUND – Free Time on Your Own

Be sure to sign up and join others at Los Angeles restaurants specially selected by our Dine Around Committee. Restaurant offerings will be emailed to attendees after Labor Day.

 

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: 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 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, California Superior Court, County of San Francisco

The Honorable Debra L. Stevens, 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:

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

 

CONCURRENT SESSIONS

Time: 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

 

Sexual Assaults in the Military and Their Civilian Aftermath

Panelists:

Colonel Stephanie R. Cooper, Judge Advocate General’s Corp (JAG)

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

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

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: 11:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

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

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

 

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.

 

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 19, 2019

Farewell Breakfast

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

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