National Association of Women Judges

National Association of Women Judges The Leading Voice of Women in the Judiciary Since its formation in 1979, NAWJ has inspired and led the American judiciary in achieving fairness and equality for vulnerable populations.

Led by two visionary women – Justice Joan Dempsey Klein and Justice Vaino Spencer – 100 brave and intrepid women judges met and formed an organization dedicated to the following ideals: ensuring equal justice and access to the courts for all including women, youth, the elderly, minorities, the underprivileged, and people with disabilities; providing judicial education on cutting-edge issues of importance; developing judicial leaders; increasing the number of women on the bench in order for the judiciary to more accurately reflect the role of women in a democratic society; and improving the administration of justice to provide gender-fair decisions for both male and female litigants. From the day it was founded, NAWJ has been committed to diversity in our membership. Our organization welcomes both men and women. We include appellate, trial, tribal, administrative law judges, state and federal judges, and members from every state in the nation. NAWJ takes pride in its accomplishments. We were at the forefront in the establishment and implementation of gender bias task forces in both federal and state courts. We have greatly advanced the administration of justice in areas of domestic violence, child support and child custody, and the treatment of women in the courts of America. We also are respected as a leader in educating judges on bioethics, elderly abuse, the sentencing of women offenders with substance abuse problems; improving conditions for women in prison; and the problems facing immigrants in our court system. Currently we are developing curricula on the effect of genetic advances on women and vulnerable populations, the impact of international law on state and federal courts, and cognitively disabled persons in criminal courts. In addition to addressing these and other important issues, NAWJ provides an opportunity for judges to meet and discuss professional issues of mutual concern in a supportive atmosphere. Connecting with others with the same values, we laugh, enjoy life and mentor one another nationwide.

Led by two visionary women – Justice Joan Dempsey Klein and Justice Vaino Spencer – 100 brave and intrepid women judges met and formed an organization dedicated to the following ideals: ensuring equal justice and access to the courts for all including women, youth, the elderly, minorities, the underprivileged, and people with disabilities; providing judicial education on cutting-edge issues of importance; developing judicial leaders; increasing the number of women on the bench in order for the judiciary to more accurately reflect the role of women in a democratic society; and improving the administration of justice to provide gender-fair decisions for both male and female litigants. From the day it was founded, NAWJ has been committed to diversity in our membership. Our organization welcomes both men and women. We include appellate, trial, tribal, administrative law judges, state and federal judges, and members from every state in the nation. NAWJ takes pride in its accomplishments. We were at the forefront in the establishment and implementation of gender bias task forces in both federal and state courts. We have greatly advanced the administration of justice in areas of domestic violence, child support and child custody, and the treatment of women in the courts of America. We also are respected as a leader in educating judges on bioethics, elderly abuse, the sentencing of women offenders with substance abuse problems; improving conditions for women in prison; and the problems facing immigrants in our court system. Currently we are developing curricula on the effect of genetic advances on women and vulnerable populations, the impact of international law on state and federal courts, and cognitively disabled persons in criminal courts. In addition to addressing these and other important issues, NAWJ provides an opportunity for judges to meet and discuss professional issues of mutual concern in a supportive atmosphere. Connecting with others with the same values, we laugh, enjoy life and mentor one another nationwide.

Mission: The National Association of Women Judges’ mission is to promote the judicial role of protecting the rights of individuals under the rule of law through strong, committed, diverse judicial leadership, fairness and equality in the courts, and equal access to justice.

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NAWJ President Judge Karen Matson Donohue to participate in NJC and NCSC National Roundtable on Racial Justice on Februa...
02/22/2021
The National Judicial College

NAWJ President Judge Karen Matson Donohue to participate in NJC and NCSC National Roundtable on Racial Justice on February 25.

Register here: bit.ly/2Nstd9u

Last year the Conference of Chief Justices of every state supreme court unanimously adopted a resolution recognizing racism as a serious problem in the justice system and pledging to work to end it. On February 25, the College and the National Center for State Courts will host a landmark Racial Jus....

District 4 NAWJ Member Judge Lorrie Sinclair Taylor's article Reflections from the Bench: "I Didn't Make it By Myself" w...
02/21/2021

District 4 NAWJ Member Judge Lorrie Sinclair Taylor's article Reflections from the Bench: "I Didn't Make it By Myself" was featured in the Judicial Edge Today

Link: bit.ly/3kfSUq0

#nawj #judge #judiciary #womeninlaw

NAWJ Treasurer Judge Toni E. Clarke is honored by Penn State as a scholar, athlete, and pioneer.Read more: https://bit.l...
02/20/2021

NAWJ Treasurer Judge Toni E. Clarke is honored by Penn State as a scholar, athlete, and pioneer.

Read more: https://bit.ly/3qP5q1S

#NAWJ #honoring #judiciary #womeninlaw #pennstate #blackhistorymonth

Two new podcast episodes available:  "Criminal Jury Trials During COVID 19" and "Technology in the Courts and in ADR"Lin...
02/15/2021

Two new podcast episodes available: "Criminal Jury Trials During COVID 19" and "Technology in the Courts and in ADR"

Link: nawj.podbean.com

#nawj #judiciary #womeninlaw #podcast #law #technology

01/18/2021
Join NAWJ for this free event, "Supreme Women: A Quartet of Justices Making Texas History" on January 21 at 1 PM EST.Rea...
01/15/2021

Join NAWJ for this free event, "Supreme Women: A Quartet of Justices Making Texas History" on January 21 at 1 PM EST.

Read more: https://bit.ly/35DYkET

#nawj #judiciary #webinar #event #law #womeninlaw

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01/09/2021

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Joan Dempsey Klein, a California appellate court judge and a champion of women's rights, dies at 96https://www.latimes.c...
01/04/2021
Joan Dempsey Klein, a California appellate court judge and a champion of women's rights, dies at 96

Joan Dempsey Klein, a California appellate court judge and a champion of women's rights, dies at 96

https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2021-01-03/justice-joan-dempsey-klein-obituary

#nawj #judiciary #genderequality #womeninlaw #womensrights #law #judicial

Justice Joan Dempsey Klein was co-founder of the National Assn. of Women Judges and served 36 years on California's 2nd District Court of Appeal.

NAWJ wishes you a happy new year!#nawj #judiciary #HappyNewYear #2021
01/01/2021

NAWJ wishes you a happy new year!
#nawj #judiciary #HappyNewYear #2021

Our fight for racial and gender equality in the courts, and our commitment to educating the judiciary on the impact of C...
12/31/2020

Our fight for racial and gender equality in the courts, and our commitment to educating the judiciary on the impact of COVID 19, are more vital than ever before. Help us continue this work with your tax deductible donation today.

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#nawj #donation #judiciary #equality

From NAWJ, happy holidays!#nawj #happyholidays
12/22/2020

From NAWJ, happy holidays!
#nawj #happyholidays

12/03/2020
NAWJ needs your help to continue our valuable programs such as Color of Justice, Mentor Jet, Women in Prison and  new in...
12/01/2020

NAWJ needs your help to continue our valuable programs such as Color of Justice, Mentor Jet, Women in Prison and new initiatives launching in 2021

#NAWJ #GivingTuesday

Your Gift, NAWJ's Future.For more information about donating to Giving Tuesday, click here: https://bit.ly/3m8ClMy#NAWJ ...
12/01/2020

Your Gift, NAWJ's Future.

For more information about donating to Giving Tuesday, click here: https://bit.ly/3m8ClMy

#NAWJ #womeninlaw #judiciary #philanthropy #givingtuesday2020 #Thanksgiving⁠

Happy Thanksgiving, from NAWJ!#NAWJ #judiciary #womeninlaw #thanksgiving #thankful
11/26/2020

Happy Thanksgiving, from NAWJ!

#NAWJ #judiciary #womeninlaw #thanksgiving #thankful

Your Gift, NAWJ's Future.For more information about donating to Giving Tuesday, click here: https://bit.ly/3m8ClMy#NAWJ ...
11/25/2020

Your Gift, NAWJ's Future.

For more information about donating to Giving Tuesday, click here: https://bit.ly/3m8ClMy

#NAWJ #womeninlaw #judiciary #philanthropy #givingtuesday2020 #Thanksgiving

Happy Veterans day to all our members, past and present, who have served.  We are so thankful for you. #VeteransDay
11/11/2020

Happy Veterans day to all our members, past and present, who have served. We are so thankful for you. #VeteransDay

LAST CHANCE TO REGISTER!REGISTER HERE: https://bit.ly/3jJ3BzxPlease join us on November 10th as we reflect on the histor...
11/09/2020

LAST CHANCE TO REGISTER!

REGISTER HERE: https://bit.ly/3jJ3Bzx

Please join us on November 10th as we reflect on the history of the law as a tool for the protection and advancement of racism and racial discrimination. The discussion by Dr. Michele Goodwin and Professor Ariela Gross will include the Antebellum period through the Jim Crow period, and the law’s role in advancing racial injustice, from the legalization of slavery, slave patrols, slave codes, and the Black Codes enacted during the Reconstruction period. Dr. Goodwin and Professor Gross will conclude by discussing why recognizing the law as a facilitator of racism and racial discrimination is urgent and necessary in dismantling the racism and racial discrimination that persists today.
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#NAWJ #judiciary #women #womeninlaw #paneldiscussion #law

REGISTER HERE: https://bit.ly/3jJ3BzxPlease join us on November 10th as we reflect on the history of the law as a tool f...
10/30/2020

REGISTER HERE: https://bit.ly/3jJ3Bzx

Please join us on November 10th as we reflect on the history of the law as a tool for the protection and advancement of racism and racial discrimination. The discussion by Dr. Michele Goodwin and Professor Ariela Gross will include the Antebellum period through the Jim Crow period, and the law’s role in advancing racial injustice, from the legalization of slavery, slave patrols, slave codes, and the Black Codes enacted during the Reconstruction period. Dr. Goodwin and Professor Gross will conclude by discussing why recognizing the law as a facilitator of racism and racial discrimination is urgent and necessary in dismantling the racism and racial discrimination that persists today.

Participants will learn:
• The historical role of the law in promoting and establishing racism and racial discrimination.
• The role the law can play in dismantling present-day racism and racial discrimination.

Opening Remarks: Hon. Karen Donohue, Judge, King County Superior Court, Seattle, Washington (NAWJ President)

Read Judge Roberts bio: https://bit.ly/3mAEKj4
Read Dr. Michele Goodwin bio: https://bit.ly/3edQwg8
Read Professor Ariela Gross bio: https://bit.ly/37T5NSE

Norma Wikler Excellence in Service AwardShe inspired generations of students with her passionate investigation of social...
10/29/2020

Norma Wikler Excellence in Service Award
She inspired generations of students with her passionate investigation of social inequalities and strategies for social change in a broad range of institutions: the courts and legal system, health care, the military, among others. Professor Wikler helped introduce judicial education programs on gender bias in decision making.

Judge Lisa S. Walsh’s outstanding leadership in implementing NAWJ’s exploration of judicial responses to the COVID-19 pandemic through a series of webinars and member outreach developed into a blueprint for moving forward. She is a Circuit Court Judge in the 11th Judicial Circuit of Miami-Dade County, Florida, currently serving as the Administrative Judge of the appellate division.
#law #NAWJ #womeninlaw #award #judiciary

The Justice Vaino Spencer Leadership Award is given to a NAWJ member who has displayed outstanding leadership in promoti...
10/28/2020

The Justice Vaino Spencer Leadership Award is given to a NAWJ member who has displayed outstanding leadership in promoting the vision, core values and mission of NAWJ.

Judge Julie E. Frantz served on the Multnomah County Circuit Court bench from 1994 to 2018. Prior to being appointed to the bench, Judge Frantz served on Oregon’s Board of Governors, and in 1992 was elected the first woman President of the Oregon State Bar.
#NAWJ #judiciary #law #womeninlaw #award

Judge Mary Hotard Becnel was elected to the Louisiana’s 40th Judicial District Court in 1993, a general trial bench, and...
10/26/2020

Judge Mary Hotard Becnel was elected to the Louisiana’s 40th Judicial District Court in 1993, a general trial bench, and retired in 2017. She established and presided over Truancy Court and created CHARM School, a program for troubled girls going through the court system for various reasons. CHARM is an acronym for Character, Heart, Attitude, Respect and Manners.

Mattie Belle Davis Award is given to a NAWJ member who has gone above and beyond her role as member and volunteer to help make a difference in the organization and furthered its mission, as the Honorable Mattie Belle Davis did. The recipient must exhibit dedication to furthering and supporting women in the legal profession.

#law #NAWJ #judiciary #award #women #womeninlaw #justice

Donna Melby has successfully tried multiple cases to jury verdict in state and federal courts across the country, intern...
10/24/2020

Donna Melby has successfully tried multiple cases to jury verdict in state and federal courts across the country, international and domestic arbitrations, and court trials across a broad range of complex civil and employment-related cases. Her practice includes class and individual actions, employee mobility, whistleblower, race discrimination and all discrimination matters, sexual harassment, hostile work environment, contract, conspiracy, Equal Pay Act and complex business litigation of all types.

Florence K. Murray Award Instituted by its namesake, the Honorable Florence K. Murray, to honor to a non-judge who has influenced women to pursue legal careers, opened doors for women attorneys, or advanced opportunities for women within the legal profession.
#nawj #Judiciary #womeninlaw #law #awardee

NAWJ Past President Chief Judge Anna Blackburne-Rigsby has shown leadership at the District of Columbia Courts and in NA...
10/23/2020

NAWJ Past President Chief Judge Anna Blackburne-Rigsby has shown leadership at the District of Columbia Courts and in NAWJ by promoting access to justice in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. She was sworn in as as Chief of the District of Columbia Court of Appeals on March 17, 2017. As Chief Judge of the District of Columbia Court of Appeals, Chief Judge Blackburne-Rigsby chairs the Joint Committee on Judicial Administration for the District of Columbia. Prior to being designated Chief Judge, she was nominated by President George W. Bush in August 2006 to serve as an Associate Judge of the District of Columbia Court of Appeals. Before that, Chief Judge Blackburne-Rigsby, nominated by President William Jefferson Clinton, served as an Associate Judge of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia from 2000-2006.

The Lady Justice Award honors a member of the NAWJ community who uses their person and position with equanimity, respect, transparency and impartiality to advance the values of its mission to promote the judicial role in protecting the rights of individuals under the rule of law through strong, committed, diverse judicial leadership; fairness and equality in the courts; and equal access to justice.

#law #NAWJ #judiciary #womeninlaw #awardee

Justice Barbara Madsen was appointed chair of the Washington State Gender and Justice Commission in 1998. The Commission...
10/21/2020

Justice Barbara Madsen was appointed chair of the Washington State Gender and Justice Commission in 1998. The Commission, partnering with other community groups, succeeded in passing legislation banning the shackling of women prisoners during labor. The Commission produced the Domestic Violence Manual for Judges, the Sexual Orientation Bench guide, the Sexual Offense Bench guide, and the Immigration Resource Guide for Judges, in partnership with the Minority and Justice Commission, as well as developing judicial education on a wide variety of gender issues and model policies designed to enhance the safety of victims of domestic violence.

#Judiciary #nawj #womeninlaw #awardee #law

Tuesday is the last day to register for the NAWJ Annual Conference starting Wednesday.Full conference schedule and regis...
10/12/2020

Tuesday is the last day to register for the NAWJ Annual Conference starting Wednesday.

Full conference schedule and registration information: https://www.nawj.org/2020-annual-conference

#Judiciary #nawj #womeninlaw #virtualconference

Join a distinguished panel on NAWJ's Day at the United Nations on October 14 for a discussion on Challenges in the U.S. ...
10/08/2020

Join a distinguished panel on NAWJ's Day at the United Nations on October 14 for a discussion on Challenges in the U.S. Court Systems and in the Practice of Law in the U.S.

Register here: https://www.nawj.org/2020-annual-conference

#nawj #women #womeninlaw #virtualconference #Judiciary

Join us with in conversation with author Elaine Weiss on 19th Amendment October 15th, 2020 https://www.nawj.org/uploads/...
09/25/2020

Join us with in conversation with author Elaine Weiss on 19th Amendment October 15th, 2020https://www.nawj.org/uploads/files/annual_conference/2020_virtual_ac/elaineweissbio.pdf

Registration is open at https://www.nawj.org/2020-annual-conference

We mourn the loss of our fellow NAWJ member, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. A pioneer for women in the ...
09/19/2020

We mourn the loss of our fellow NAWJ member, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. A pioneer for women in the Judiciary and women everywhere, Justice Ginsburg's legacy will inspire generations to come. Her shining example reminds us all to bravely lead with integrity in all that we do. Together we can change the world.

Thank you, Justice Ginsburg. Rest in peace.

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The National Association of Women Judges is the leading voice of women in the judiciary. Since its formation in 1979, NAWJ has been a dynamic gathering of judges of all genders who are dedicated to preserving judicial independence, increasing the number and advancement of women judges, and providing cutting-edge judicial education.

NAWJ’s mission is to promote the judicial role of protecting the rights of individuals under the rule of law through strong, committed, diverse judicial leadership; fairness and equality in the courts; and equal access to justice.

NAWJ is a non-profit, non-partisan organization founded by two visionary women - Justice Joan Dempsey Klein and Justice Vaino Spencer, and comprised as an association of members who are leaders from every level of the courts, including trial, federal, appellate, tribal and administrative judges from across the country. NAWJ was instrumental in the passage of the original Violence Against Women Act, and the creation of state and federal gender bias task forces. Among its cutting-edge programs are the presentation of robust women in prison events dedicated to improving reentry success rates for women in state and federal prisons. NAWJ has spearheaded many other groundbreaking programs to increase inclusiveness on the bench and in the practice of law, including the Color of Justice and MentorJet programs whose objectives include promoting, encouraging and connecting young people from disadvantaged backgrounds with judges and attorneys who can aid their pursuit of a career in the legal profession. NAWJ founded the Informed Voters Project, a voter education project founded and taught by judges, which includes an Emmy-winning PSA featuring Supreme Court Justice and NAWJ member Sandra Day O’Connor, “Fair and Free.” NAWJ founded the International Association of Women Judges, and NAWJ’s current members form the United States chapter of the Association.

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