CONTACT PERSON: VALERIE WILLARD
PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER
| OCTOBER 2, 2013
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Louisiana Supreme Court Chief Justice Bernette Joshua Johnson will be awarded the prestigious Joan Dempsey Klein Award by the National Association of Women Judges (NAWJ) in a ceremony at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel, Thursday, October 10, 2013. The Joan Dempsey Klein NAWJ Honoree of the Year Award is presented to a judge who brings distinction to her office and to NAWJ as exemplified by its founding mother, Justice Joan Dempsey Klein of California’s Second District Court of Appeal.
According to NAWJ President Joan Churchill, “The award recognizes Chief Justice Johnson’s assistance to women judges in becoming more proficient in their profession, help in solving the legal, social and ethical problems associated with the judiciary, and working to increase the number of women serving as judges. Chief Justice Johnson overcame many obstacles in her judicial career while making impressive contributions to women in the legal profession.”
The NAWJ 35th Annual Conference will be in New Orleans October 9 - 13 with over 300 NAWJ members expected to attend. Chief Justice Johnson will be presented the award at the Keynote Luncheon which will also feature U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, Jr. as the keynote speaker.
NAWJ 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.
As the 2013 recipient, Chief Justice Johnson joins a distinguished list of Joan Dempsey Klein Award recipients that includes U.S. Supreme Court Justices Sandra Day O’Connor (1982), Ruth Bader Ginsburg (2003) and Sonia Sotomayor (2009).
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