CONTACT PERSON: VALERIE WILLARD
PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER
| JULY 30, 2013
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
The Louisiana Supreme Court announced today that Chief Justice Bernette Johnson and 40th Judicial District Court Judge Mary Becnel are the co-chairs of the 35th Annual Conference of the National Association of Women Judges (NAWJ) which will be held at the Ritz-Carlton in New Orleans, October 9-13, 2013.
The National Association of Women Judges is the nation’s leading voice of women jurists dedicated to preserving judicial independence, ensuring equal justice and access to the courts for women and minorities, providing education on cutting-edge issues, and increasing the numbers and advancement of women judges at all levels. Over 300 NAWJ members are expected to attend the New Orleans conference.
According to Chief Justice Johnson, “The Conference Planning Committee has coordinated an outstanding program featuring United States Attorney General Eric Holder, Jr. as the keynote speaker for the luncheon Thursday, October 10. Other notable speakers include mediation attorney Kenneth Feinberg and attorney Barbara Arnwine, President and Executive Director of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under the Law who will speak at the Friday, October 11 luncheon event.”
“Additionally, in recognition of the NAWJ Annual Conference, the Louisiana Supreme Court Law Museum, located in the 400 Royal Street courthouse, will debut a new exhibit entitled Making History: Women Judges in Louisiana. The exhibit will begin October 11 and will be open to the public thereafter during courthouse hours, weekdays 9 AM - 5PM.”
Members of the Conference Planning Committee include: Third Circuit Court of Appeal Judge Phyllis Montgomery Keaty; Fourth Circuit Court of Appeal Judges Rosemary Ledet and Joy Lobrano; Orleans Criminal Parish Court Judge Laurie White; Orleans Civil District Court Judges Ethel Simms Julien, Tiffany Chase, and Bernadette G. D’Souza; and 24th Judicial District Court Judge June Berry Darensburg.
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