CONTACT PERSON: VALERIE WILLARD
PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER
| OCTOBER 14, 2013
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
The National Association of Women Judges (NAWJ) 35th Annual Conference held in New Orleans October 9 - 13, 2013, was attended by nearly 300 judges, according to Louisiana Supreme Court Chief Justice and Conference Co-Chair Bernette Joshua Johnson.
“The NAWJ 35th Annual Conference was a huge success with women judges participating from all states, the District of Columbia, and countries including Tanzania, Sri Lanka and the Netherlands to name a few. The Conference Planning Committee coordinated an outstanding program featuring mediation attorney Kenneth Feinberg and attorney Barbara Arnwine, President and Executive Director of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under the Law,” Chief Justice Johnson said.
During the conference Chief Justice Johnson was presented the prestigious Joan Dempsey Klein Award which honors the judge who brings distinction to her office and NAWJ as exemplified by its founding mother, Justice Joan Dempsey Klein of California’s Second District Court of Appeal. As the 2013 recipient, Chief Justice Johnson joins a distinguished list of Joan Dempsey Klein Award honorees that includes U.S. Supreme Court Justices Sandra Day O’Connor (1982), Ruth Bader Ginsburg (2003) and Sonia Sotomayor (2009).
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.
Additional highlights of the five-day conference were the Mardi Gras themed reception held at the Louisiana Supreme Court and the debut of a Louisiana Supreme Court Law Museum exhibit dedicated to the history of women in the law which will be on display through Women’s History Month, March 2014.
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