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Informed Voters, Fair Judges Project - National Association of Women Judges "Informed Voters, Fair Judges" is a project of The National Association of Women Judges. “Informed Voters, Fair Judges” is a non-partisan voter education project that encourages fans to share thoughts and opinions on our page and we expect that this will be done in a respectful manner.

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Mission: The Informed Voters Project exists to help voters understand the role of the courts and the qualities to consider when evaluating judges. In doing so, our goal is to help voters to make informed decisions prior to an election.

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Lady Justice Awardee
11/04/2020

Lady Justice Awardee

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

Congratulations!
11/04/2020

Congratulations!

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

Please educate the public about the unique role of the judiciary, how the judicial branch is not a representative or pol...
08/15/2020

Please educate the public about the unique role of the judiciary, how the judicial branch is not a representative or political branch like the others, and what to look for in selecting judicial candidates.

Great meeting with NAWJ Judicial Independence Committee members, Informed Voters Project leaders, and NAWJ director. Wha...
06/24/2020

Great meeting with NAWJ Judicial Independence Committee members, Informed Voters Project leaders, and NAWJ director. What an incredible group of legal and judicial leadership from throughout the country. Proud to work with this group remotely or otherwise. See who you recognize.

05/12/2020
04/23/2020
Washington Courts

Washington Courts

WATCH LIVE TODAY AT 9 A.M. Supreme Court on Zoom! The WA State Supreme Court will conduct its first fully remote oral arguments at 9 am today in Colvin v. Inslee regarding the release of incarcerated persons during COVID-19.

The Central Broward County Courthouse hosted more than 100 high school students from schools across the county as part o...
03/05/2020

The Central Broward County Courthouse hosted more than 100 high school students from schools across the county as part of the Informed Voters Project, a national initiative developed to educate the public about the constitutional role of the judicial branch and to protect the courts from outside influence. The half-day event was devised by staff with the Broward County Public Schools System, and involved attorneys and judges volunteering their time to lead group sessions in different courtrooms. There was Judicial Jeopardy, Judicial Bingo, and Judicial Q&A sessions to engage the children and help them learn more about the judiciary. Kicking off the morning was a greeting from former Florida Supreme Court Justice Barbara J. Pariente, the event’s guest of honor.

Congratulations
11/22/2019

Congratulations

Tennessee Judge Duane Slone, left, was honored last night by Chief Justice of the United States John G. Roberts, Jr. at the U.S. Supreme Court for his groundbreaking work on the opioid crisis. Judge Slone received NCSC’s 2019 William H. Rehnquist Award for Judicial Excellence. http://ow.ly/fQr050xhXej

Washington Courts
11/20/2019

Washington Courts

TODAY ENDS THE FALL TERM of the Washington State Supreme Court, and is the final day of oral arguments for Washington Supreme Court Chief Justice Mary Fairhurst, who is retiring early from the Court to focus on her health. The final case of the day involved a question of the point at which a jury may be instructed that a person who provokes a confrontation cannot claim self-defense.

Justice Fairhurst will continue to work on the cases she has heard until the opinions are finalized, but we will miss seeing her on the bench where she has listened to arguments and helped determine outcomes since 2002.

The Court's next term begins January 14, 2020. To view the schedule of cases, visit our Calendar page at http://www.courts.wa.gov/appellate_trial_courts/supreme/calendar/

Chief Justice Beasley implements school justice partnership
11/19/2019
Chief Justice Beasley implements school justice partnership

Chief Justice Beasley implements school justice partnership

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) Pitt County is now a part of the School Justice Partnership- a program focused on keeping kids in school and out of court, giving young people a second chance. The program i…

National Center for State Courts
11/16/2019

National Center for State Courts

NCSC mourns the sudden passing of Iowa Chief Justice Mark Cady, Chair of NCSC Board of Directors and President of the Conference of Chief Justices. Chief Justice Cady passed away Friday evening of a heart attack. http://ow.ly/ILF850xcHsN

11/11/2019
11/07/2019

"If citizens have respect for the work of the courts, their respect for law will survive the shortcomings of every other branch of government; but if they lose their respect for the work of the courts, their respect for law and order will vanish with it."

Car Data Retrieval Unconstitutional, Georgia Supreme Court Says (1)
10/30/2019
Car Data Retrieval Unconstitutional, Georgia Supreme Court Says (1)

Car Data Retrieval Unconstitutional, Georgia Supreme Court Says (1)

A warrantless search of car data after a fatal crash violated the Fourth Amendment, the Georgia Supreme Court said, reversing lower state courts that had ruled against a motion to suppress the data.

Great NAWJ national conference in Los Angeles. Justice Debra Stephens of  Washington and Annette Boyd Pitts of Florida w...
10/20/2019

Great NAWJ national conference in Los Angeles. Justice Debra Stephens of Washington and Annette Boyd Pitts of Florida were joined by Judge Curt Karnow of California on a panel during the Conference to discuss judicial independence and efforts to educate the public about the judicial branch. Pitts received the National Service Award. Plenary speakers included Erwin Chemerinsky , Dean of UC Berkley Law School, and Piper Kerman, author of Orange is the New Black, among many others. Thank you to outgoing President Tamila Ipema for her outstanding leadership this year during such challenging times.

Happy Constitution Day!! Have you seen the new Annenberg Public Policy Center Constitution Day survey results? Take a lo...
09/17/2019
Americans’ Civics Knowledge Increases But Still Has a Long Way to Go | The Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania

Happy Constitution Day!! Have you seen the new Annenberg Public Policy Center Constitution Day survey results? Take a look to see what percent of Americans can name the three branches of government.
https://www.annenbergpublicpolicycenter.org/americans-civics-knowledge-increases-2019-survey/

The 2019 Annenberg Constitution Day Civics Survey finds an increase in civics knowledge among the American public -- but there's still a long way to go.

Take a look. Our beloved President of the National Association of Women Judges, the Honorable Tamila Ipema of San Diego ...
08/28/2019

Take a look. Our beloved President of the National Association of Women Judges, the Honorable Tamila Ipema of San Diego had the honor of presenting recently at the Vatican's Pan-American Judges Summit. Judge Ipema was seated next to another very special guest!

The National Judicial College
08/17/2019

The National Judicial College

We were in San Francisco last Friday for a very special panel discussion on "Undermining the Courts: The Consequences for American Democracy."
The event was presented by the ABA Standing Committee on the American Judicial System and the NJC as part of the committee's annual forum on the independence of the judiciary at the American Bar Association Annual Meeting.
The panel featured four state supreme court justices (three of them chief justices) and two senior federal judges, including District Court Judge James Robart, who was labeled a "so-called judge" by President Trump after he blocked one of the president's travel bans on constitutional grounds.
#theNJC Benes Aldana

G. Thomas Munsterman Award
08/14/2019
G. Thomas Munsterman Award

G. Thomas Munsterman Award

The Center for Jury Studies at the National Center for State Courts is accepting nominations for the G. Thomas Munsterman Award for Jury Innovation. The award is named for G. Thomas Munsterman, founder and former director of the Center for Jury Studies and an internationally renowned innovator in ju...

The Florida Bar
08/13/2019

The Florida Bar

You can never start living that #LawyerLife too early ... #amirite? 😁😁😁

#MondayLegalHumor

State appeals judge challenged biases as first person with cerebral palsy to argue before SCOTUS
08/13/2019
State appeals judge challenged biases as first person with cerebral palsy to argue before SCOTUS

State appeals judge challenged biases as first person with cerebral palsy to argue before SCOTUS

Nobody—except my mother, perhaps—thought I could become a lawyer. I was born in 1963 with cerebral palsy, which, even after many surgeries and much physical therapy, left me with only one functioning arm and a severe speech impediment. I did not learn to walk on my own until I was 9 years old, a...

Congratulations Chief Justice Cantil-Sakauye!!
07/18/2019

Congratulations Chief Justice Cantil-Sakauye!!

#California Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye has been selected as this year's recipient of NCSC's Sandra Day O’Connor Award for her work and dedication to civics #education 🏆 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 Read the press release: http://ow.ly/lZqO50v4N5o

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