NAWJ 43rd Annual Conference

Oct 06, 2021 - All day - Oct 09, 2021



Register Here 

Registration Rates After 9/13/21
Member Rate $795
Non-Member Rate $895
Virtual Plenary* $195

*Virtual Plenary will include virtual attendance to four plenary sessions and the NAWJ Annual Business Meeting (meeting is for current NAWJ members ONLY).

COVID Precautions:  NAWJ has established a policy that all attendees must wear masks and show proof of either being vaccinated or a negative COVID-19 test within 48 hours of the start of the conference.  An original copy, photocopy, or picture on a device of the vaccine card or COVID 19 test may be presented as proof of status.

Hotel and venue staff have been asked to wear masks during the conference.

This link to the hotel website explains the precautions they are taking. In addition, all conference attendees will be required to wear masks and the room setups will provide appropriate social distancing.  NAWJ plans to implement these same procedures during all off-site events to the fullest extent possible as well.  Metro Nashville is a leader in the state in protective measures, including required face coverings for both vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals in schools and while inside all other Metro government buildings. (as of 09/13/2021).

The cancelation fee for persons who register before September 13, 2021, is $50. Registrants who cancel after September 13, 2021, will not be eligible for a refund.

Click here for the Registration Form PDF.

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The NAWJ Annual Conference is supported through the generosity of sponsors. If your company is interested in becoming a sponsor please contact NAWJ Executive Director Laurie Denham. 

Thank you to our 2021 Annual Conference Sponsors.

Platinum Sponsor   Gold Sponsors  
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  Chambers Sponsors  
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Lynda Jones


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  Bench Sponsors  
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  Yellow Rose Sponsors  

Sims |Funk, PLC

Hon. Bernadette D'Souza

Aubrey "Trey" B. Harwell III 

Hon. Cindy Lederman

Vanderbilt University Law School Adams & Reese Brenda Gadd  

HOTEL & Venue

Doubletree By Hilton Hotel Nashville Downtown
315 4th Avenue North
Nashville, TN 37219

Nightly room rates are $249.00 plus tax/fees.   Reserve a Room Here or call +1.800.222.8733.  NAWJ's room block guarantee ends on September 13, 2021 after which time availability and rates at the hotel are not guaranteed.

All events will be at the hotel except for two offsite events, one of which is within walking distance.  Please contact if you will need special assistance or accommodation for offsite events.


Information subject to change
All times listed in CDT

Wednesday | October 6, 2021
12:00 PM - 4:00 PM Board of Directors Meeting
12:00 PM - 5:00 PM Registration and Exhibit Hall Set-up
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM Law Student Mentorship Program
4:30 PM - 5:00 PM First-Time Attendee Gathering
4:30 PM - 5:00 PM International Judges Gathering
5:00 PM - 6:30 PM Welcome Reception
All attendees welcome; special recognition of international judges and first-time attendees
Thursday | October 7, 2021
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM Registration and Exhibit Hall Open
8:30 AM - 9:45 AM Welcome and Networking Breakfast
10:00 AM - 11:15 PM

AM Plenary SessionThe Rural America Our Legal System Has Left Behind

11:50 AM - 12:30 PM Plenary Luncheon with Award Presentation
12:30 PM- 1:45 PM Plenary Session - The Woman's Hour: A Conversation Between Demetria Kalodimos and Elaine Weiss about The Great Fight to Win the Vote
2:00 PM - 3:15 PM

PM Breakout Sessions

3:30 PM - 4:45 PM

PM Breakout Sessions

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Special Event: Party With A Purpose at the Parthenon in the Athena Parthenos Hall to benefit local Nashville charities.  Buses to leave starting at 5:45 PM.

Friday | October 8, 2021
7:00 AM - 5:00 PM Registration and Exhibit Hall Open
7:30 AM - 8:30 AM District Meetings
7:30 AM - 8:30 AM Grab n' Go Breakfast
8:45 AM - 10:00 AM

AM Plenary Session - First Amendment Issues In Public Education Settings

10:15 AM - 11:30AM

AM Breakout Sessions

11:30 AM - 12:10 PM Plenary Luncheon with Award Presentation
12:15 PM - 1:30 PM Plenary Session -  Supreme Court Review with Erwin Chemerinsky
1:45 PM - 3:00 PM

PM Breakout Sessions

3:15 PM - 4:30 PM

PM Breakout Sessions

4:30 PM - 5:00 PM Committee Chairs Meeting
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM Bar Organizations Receptions
Saturday | October 9, 2021
7:30 AM - 3:00 PM Registration Open
7:30 AM - 9:45 AM NAWJ Business Meeting and Breakfast
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM Plenary Session - The Perfect 36: A Reenactment of the Tennessee Vote on Ratification of the 19th Amendment Session is being held at Downtown Public Library Auditorium, a 3 block walk.
12:00 PM - 2:15 PM New Board of Directors Meeting
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM Committee Meetings
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM Resource Board Meeting
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM Pre-Gala Friend's Reception
6:00 PM - 11:00 PM Gala and Dancing


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