NAWJ 41st Annual Conference

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

Omni Los Angeles Hotel

251 SOUTH OLIVE STREET

Los Angeles, CA 90012

Thank You to everyone who participated!

Approval for approximately 16.25 General hours, 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

Education Sessions Materials

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 16, 2019

Approval for approximately 16.25 General hours (28 total), 1.5 Legal Ethics hours, and 3.75 Recognition and Elimination of Bias hours (5.00 total) MCLE are pending with The State Bar of California

 

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.

Science Benchbook for Judges, The National Judicial College and Justice Speakers Institute, LLC

 

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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.

The Case for Universal Representation Vera Institute

The Case That Made an Ex-ICE Attorney Realize the Government was Relying on False "Evidence" Against Migrants by Melissa del Bosce

Immigration Judges Face Challenges As Cases Pile Up NPR Interview with Judge Ashley Tabbador

Fact Sheet on Refugee Policy & History in United States by The Exodus Institute

 

IN CONVERSATION WITH THE CHIEF JUSTICE OF CALIFORNIA

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

A Conversation with the Chief Justice of California, The Honorable Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye, moderated by The Honorable Lee Smalley Edmon, Presiding Justice of the California Court of Appeal, Second District, Division Three, as the Chief Justice discusses her personal and professional life path from her childhood to the California Supreme Court.

 

CONCURRENT SESSIONS

Time: 2:00 p.m. to 3:15 p.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. What is the role of the judicial system in responding to challenges by advocates and government officials as they attempt to address this
issue?

Trauma-Informed Courtrooms

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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 p anel 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 their operating profit. Finally, the panel will discuss California’s legislative
effort to provide remedies for such abuse.

U.S. Nursing Homes: Key Concepts,  by Christopher Cherney

Financial Elder Abuse – A Brief Overview of Its Forms, Causes and Remedies by  Frank J. Fox

Financial Elder Abuse: Forms, Causes and Remedies

Protecting Our Elders:  Problems and Solutions – Defense Perspective by George E. Nowotny

Protecting our Elders: Problems and Solutions by Russell Steven Balisok

Kathleen A. Winn v. Pioneer Medical Group, Supreme Court of California, No. S211793·

May 19, 2016

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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 cuttingedge court and community-based programs aimed at recidivism reduction available throughout the county.

Los Angeles Superior Court Department 44 Alternate Courts

Rehabilitation and Restoration: Effective Correctional Approaches for Recidivism Reduction and Their Application in Los Angeles County by Kimberly Baker Guillement

The Runner’s High: New Science Suggests Running Might Help Fight Addiction by Caleb Daniloff

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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 U.S. __ (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 Lucia and its possible ramifications at all levels of the judiciary, federal and state, trial and appellate, administrative and judicial.

Lucia v United States Securities and Exchange Commission and Judicial Independence by Gregory Ogden

Procedures for Appointment of Administrative Law Judges for the Department of Labor

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

“Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future.” John K. 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 p erspectives — 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.

 

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 will speak on the Supreme Court, which she covered  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.

Wrongful Convictions: What is to Be Done by David Lat

Helping the Wrongfully Convicted

A Leading Cause for Wrongful Convictions: Experts Overstating Forensic Results by Heather Murphy

Actual Innocence and Wrongful Convictions by Brandon L .Garrett

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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 judicial ethics confronting judges all over the globe. Our facilitators will introduce hypothetical questions for small group discussions throughout this interactive program. Each small group will be seated at a round table, have its own discussion. After the discussion, proposed solutions will be presented to the entire group.

Hot Button Issues by Victoria Henley


PIPER KERMAN

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

Piper Kerman, 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), will speak on life as a women n prison and discuss steps to mitigate harm from incareration.

 

 

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 requires independence from politics and partisan influences. Today, attempts to politicize the judicial branch and undermine the independence of our courts are pervasive. What are the consequences of such sustained efforts and what can judges do? This
session will review the state, national, and global political environment impacting fair and impartial courts. 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 judicial recalls; public disparagement by the media and foreign interests, and more. The session will consider what judges can do consistent with judicial conduct standards, and conclude with practical recommendations and model efforts to combat such threats.

Independence of the Judiciary Materials and Resources by Curtis Karnow

Rapid Response to Fake News, Misleading Statements, and Unjust Criticism of the Judiciary ABA Standing Committee on the American Judicial System

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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.

Compensating Victims for Lost Income AB 629 (Smith) Crime Victims: the California Victim Compensation Board Cast Coalition FACT SHEET

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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. HORIZON LINE will be followed by an engaging facilitated discussion focusing on the complexities of
racism in America today. Compassion Plays productions move audiences emotionally, while they also educate, illuminate and entertain.

 

 

 

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.

 

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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.

Panel Outline

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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 Lambda 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. Receive the tools necessary to address and eliminate bias towards transgender and gender non-conforming persons in the courtroom.
Become familiar with terminology related to gender identity and expression. Understand the courtroom challenges that are faced by transgender and gender nonconforming persons, including bias in jury selection, and gain new strategies for providing a bias-free courtroom.

Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming Persons

National Transgender Discrimination Survey

Transgender Population Health Survey

Gender and Non-Conforming Identification and Identity

 

Transgender Demographics

https://williamsinstitute.law.ucla.edu/wp-content/uploads/How-Many-Adults-Identify-as-Transgender-in-the-United-States.pdf

https://williamsinstitute.law.ucla.edu/wp-content/uploads/TransAgeReport.pdf

 

Transgender Parenting

http://williamsinstitute.law.ucla.edu/wp-content/uploads/transgender-parenting-oct-2014.pdf

 

Suicide and Mental Health

http://williamsinstitute.law.ucla.edu/wp-content/uploads/AFSP-Williams-Suicide-Report-Final.pdf

https://williamsinstitute.law.ucla.edu/wp-content/uploads/CHIS-Transgender-Adults-Oct-2017.pdf

Trans Realities: A Legal Needs Assessment of San Francisco’s Transgender Communities by Shannon Minter and Christopher Daley (resource for judges who seek further information about transgender peoples’ interactions with the courts. http://www.nclrights.org/site/DocServer/transrealities0803.pdf

"Responsible Representation of Your First Transgendered Client: A Guide for Texas Lawyers Who Practice Employment Law, Insurance Law, Family Law, and Criminal and Prison Law," 66 TEX. BAR J. 558 (No. 7, Jl 2003), Frye, Phyllis Randolph and Rose, Katrina C.

“Scope of Explicitly Transgender-Inclusive Anti-Discrimination Laws”, Transgender Law & Policy Institute: July 2008; Transgender Fact Sheet February 2012;  www.transgenderlaw.org

“Transgender Economic Empowerment Project” (TEEP) Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Center.  Gender Identity Worksheet.  www.lagaycenter.org

Non-Binary Gender Identities Fact Sheet (American Psychological Association - Society for the Psychological Study of LGBT Issues) (2015). https://www.apadivisions.org/division-44/resources/advocacy/non-binary-facts.pdf

 

LGBT and Gender Non-Conforming Youth Issues

Mental Health of GNC Youth in California

https://williamsinstitute.law.ucla.edu/wp-content/uploads/CHIS-Transgender-Teens-FINAL.pdf

Sexual and Gender Minority Youth in Foster Care

http://williamsinstitute.law.ucla.edu/wp-content/uploads/LAFYS_report_final-aug-2014.pdf

 

Sexual Minority Youth and Homelessness

http://williamsinstitute.law.ucla.edu/wp-content/uploads/Serving-Our-Youth-June-2015.pdf

https://aspe.hhs.gov/report/identifying-and-serving-lgbtq-youth-case-studies-runaway-and-homeless-youth-program-grantees

 

Working with LGBT Homeless Youth

http://williamsinstitute.law.ucla.edu/wp-content/uploads/Durso-Gates-LGBT-Homeless-Youth-Survey-July-2012.pdf

 

Mental Health and Suicidality in LGBT Youth

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24825217

http://ajph.aphapublications.org/doi/abs/10.2105/AJPH.2013.301508

 

LGBT Youth and Schools

http://www.glsen.org/sites/default/files/2013%20National%20School%20Climate%20Survey%20Full%20Report_0.pdf

http://www.glsen.org/sites/default/files/Harsh%20Realities.pdf

https://williamsinstitute.law.ucla.edu/wp-content/uploads/1808-Trans-Higher-Ed.pdf

 

LGBT Youth of Color in Schools

http://glsen.customer.def6.com/sites/default/files/Shared%20Differences.pdf

 

Rural/Small Town LGBT Youth in Schools

http://www.glsen.org/sites/default/files/Strengths%20%26%20Silences.pdf

 

Access Issues in LGBT Youth

http://williamsinstitute.law.ucla.edu/wp-content/uploads/Access-to-Youth-Mentoring-Programs.pdf

 

Demographics of LGBTQ Persons and Same-Sex couples:

Married and Unmarried Same-Sex Couples

http://williamsinstitute.law.ucla.edu/wp-content/uploads/Demographics-Same-Sex-Couples-ACS2013-March-2015.pdf

US 2010 Census LGBT Snapshot

http://williamsinstitute.law.ucla.edu/wp-content/uploads/Census2010Snapshot-US-v2.pdf?r=1

LGB Families and Relationships: Analyses of the 2013 National Health Interview Survey

http://williamsinstitute.law.ucla.edu/wp-content/uploads/lgb-families-nhis-sep-2014.pdf

 

 

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

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

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

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.

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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

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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.

 

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

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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

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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

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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.

 

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.

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