NAWJ 41st Annual Conference

Oct 15, 2019 - All day - Oct 19, 2019

Omni Los Angeles Hotel

251 SOUTH OLIVE STREET

Los Angeles, CA 90012

Thank You to everyone who participated!

Approval for approximately 16.25 General hours, 1.5 Legal Ethics hours, and 5.5 Recognition and Elimination of Bias hours (7.75 total) MCLE are pending with The State Bar of California.

Event Details

Schedule of Events

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2019

 

International Judges Tour of Courts

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

NAWJ 2018 - 2019 Board of Directors Meeting

Time: 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

First-time Attendees/New Member Mentor/Mentee Meeting

Time: 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

International Judges Reception

Time: 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

WELCOME RECEPTION at the OMNI LOS ANGELES HOTEL

Time: 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

The Honorable Tam Nomoto Schumann, President of the California Judges Association, Superior Court of California, County of Orange (Retired)

 

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 16, 2019

Approval for approximately 13 General hours (25 total), 1.5 Legal Ethics hours, and 5.5 Recognition and Elimination of Bias hours (7.75 total) MCLE are pending with The State Bar of California

NAWJ Committee Meetings

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.

OPENING WELCOME CEREMONY

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

Remarks from:

NAWJ President, The Honorable Tamila E. Ipema, Superior Court of California, County of San Diego

Conference Chair, The Honorable Elizabeth Allen White, Superior Court of California, County of Los Angeles

City Attorney, The Honorable Mike Feuer, City of Los Angeles

Public Defender, Ricardo Garcia, Law Offices of the Los Angeles County Public Defender

Chief Judge, The Honorable Virginia A. Phillips, United States District Court, Central California

Presiding Judge, The Honorable Kevin C. Brazile, Superior Court of California, County of Los Angeles

Deputy Assistant Secretary, Heather Merritt, Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs, U.S. State Department

ABA President, Judge Perry Martinez, Of Counsel at Simon, Peragine, Smith & Redfearn

 

CONCURRENT SESSIONS

Time: 10:15 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.

 

Science for Judges: Unique Concerns in DNA Testing

Panelists:        

The Honorable Ming W. Chin, Supreme Court of California

The Honorable Peggy Hora,  Co-founder, Justice Speakers Institute, LLC; Superior Court of California, County of Alameda (Retired)

Joy D. Lyngar, Provost, The National Judicial College

This session is partially supported by the State Justice Institute through a grant to The National Judicial College in collaboration with the Justice Speakers Institute, LLC.

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The Border Crisis and Beyond: Hot Topics in U.S. Immigration Policy

Panelists:

Ahilan Arulanantham, Senior Counsel, ACLU of Southern California; MacArthur Fellow (2016)

Anita Botti, Acting Executive Director, The Exodus Institute

Judy London, Directing Attorney, Immigrants' Rights Project, Public Counsel

Lindsay Toczylowski, Executive Director, Immigrant Defenders Law Center

 

KEYNOTE LUNCHEON

Time: 12:00 p.m. to 1:45 p.m.

IN CONVERSATION WITH THE CHIEF JUSTICE OF CALIFORNIA

The Honorable Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye, Chief Justice of California in a conversation moderated by The Honorable Lee Smalley Edmon, Presiding Justice of the California Court of Appeal, Second District, Division Three

Presentation of the Justice Vaino Spencer Leadership Award to CHIEF JUSTICE TANI G. CANTIL-SAKAUYE

 

CONCURRENT SESSIONS

Time: 2:00 p.m. to 3:15 p.m.

Transcending Traditional Roles:  Tackling Homelessness in the Courtroom and Beyond

Panelists:        

The Honorable Mike Feuer, City Attorney, Los Angeles

Professor Benjamin Henwood, PhD, LCSW, University of Southern California School of Social Work

The Honorable Sheila James Kuehl, Supervisor, Third District, Los Angeles County

Carol A. Sobel, Attorney, Law Office of Carol A. Sobel

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Protecting our Elders: Problems and Solutions for Elder Abuse

Panelists:        

Russell Steven Balisok, Balisok & Associates, Inc

Christopher Cherney, California Licensed Nursing Home Administrator

Denise G. Feil, MD, MPH, Psychiatrist

Frank J. Fox, Majors & Fox

George Nowotny, Partner, Lewis Brisbois

 

JUDICIAL SECURITY: FROM THE PERSONAL TO THE VIRTUAL

Time: 3:30 p.m. to 4:45 p.m.

Eileen M. Decker, Vice President, Los Angeles Police Commission

The Honorable Julie Kocurek, 390th District Court, Austin, Texas

John F. Muffler, U.S. Marshal (Retired), National Judicial College faculty member

 

Asian Pacific Islander Women Judges Reception Sponsored by the Asian Pacific American Women lawyers Alliance of Southern California

Time: 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

 

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WOMEN LAWYERS ASSOCIATION OF LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA WOMEN LAWYERS and the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF WOMEN JUDGES

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LOOKING BACK, LOOKING FORWARD: A CENTURY OF WOMEN'S PROGRESS

A RECEPTION at the WALT DISNEY CONCERT HALL

Celebrating NAWJ’s 40th Anniversary and Women Lawyers of Los Angeles’ 100th Anniversary

Performance by the Los Angeles Big Band of Barristers, conducted by Gary S. Greene

Time: 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

 

Film Screening:  Skid Row Marathon, A Documentary

Time: 8:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

 

Hospitality Suite

Time: 9:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.

NAWJ Senior and Retired Judges are planning to gather together in tonight's Hospitality Suite.

 

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 17, 2019

 

Walking Tour of Downtown Los Angeles

Time: 6:00 a.m. to 7:00 a.m.

 

Optional Exercise

Time: 6:00 a.m. to 7:00 a.m.

  • Option #1 Yoga Class - $30 additional fee. Click here to signup.
  • Option #2 Zumba with Marilu  -  $20 additional fee. Click here to signup.

 

NAWJ District Meetings

Time: 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.

 

THE BOOK OF RUTH, THE SONG OF SANDRA: STAGING LAW STORIES

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 10:15 a.m.

Speakers:        

The Honorable Judith McConnell, California Court of Appeal, Fourth District, Division One

Jonathan Shapiro, Former Federal Prosecutor, Screenwriter and Executive Producer, Playwright; Author of Deadly Force (2015) and Lawyers, Liars, and the Art of Storytelling (2014); Adjunct Professor,  UCLA Law School

 

CONCURRENT SESSIONS

Time: 10:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.

 

Restorative Justice and Successful Reentry: Unconventional Strategies from the Bench

Panelists:        

The Honorable Peter Espinoza, Director, Los Angeles County Office of Diversion and Reentry, Department of Health Services; Superior Court of California, County of Los Angeles (Retired)

The Honorable Kimberly Baker Guillemet, Superior Court of California, County of Los Angeles

The Honorable Karla D. Kerlin, Superior Court of California, County of Los Angeles

The Honorable Craig J. Mitchell, Superior Court of California, County of Los Angeles

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Challenging Times for Judicial Independence - Administrative to Appellate

Panelists:        

The Honorable Emily Chafa, UIA Appeals Manager, Iowa Workforce Development UI Appeals Bureau (Retired)

The Honorable Jennifer Gee, Office of Administrative Law Judges, U.S. Department of Labor (Retired)

The Honorable Consuelo B. Marshall, U.S. District Court, Central California

Professor Gregory L. Ogden, Pepperdine University School of Law

The Honorable A. Ashley Tabaddor, President, National Association of Immigration Judges

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Culture Change: Perspectives on the Future of Work In the World of “MeToo”

Introduction of the Panel by Robyn Crowther, Managing Partner of Steptoe & Johnson LLP

Panelists:        

Donna Melby, Partner, Litigation and Employment Law Departments, Paul Hastings

State Senator Holly J. Mitchell, California District No.30: Culver City, Ladera Heights, Westmont, Crenshaw, Downtown, Florence neighborhoods of Los Angeles

Anna Y. Park, Regional Attorney, Los Angeles District Office, U.S. Equal Opportunity Commission 

Cathy Schulman, President and CEO, Welle Entertainment; Board President Emerita, Women in Film

 

 

FRIENDS LUNCHEON

Time: 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Remarks on the IAWJ 15th Biennial Conference: “Celebrating Diversity”
The Honorable Vanessa Ruiz, President, International Association of Women Judges
Shawna J. Wilson, Executive Director, International Association of Women Judges

 

LINDA GREENHOUSE

Joseph Goldstein Lecturer in Law and Knight Distinguished Journalist in Residence at Yale Law School. She covered the Supreme Court for The New York Times between 1978 and 2008 and writes a biweekly column on law.

 

Presentation of the 41st Annual Conference Recognition Award to

Donna Melby, Partner, Litigation and Employment Law Departments, Paul Hastings LLP

 

CONCURRENT SESSIONS

Time: 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

 

Repairing Justice:  Innocence Projects, Conviction Integrity Units and Exonerating the Wrongfully Convicted

Panelists:        

Patricia Cummings, Supervisor, Conviction Integrity & Special Investigations Unit, Office of the District Attorney, Philadelphia

Professor Laurie L. Levenson, Loyola Law School, Los Angeles; Founder, Loyola Law School’s Project for the Innocent.

Peter Neufeld, Partner, Neufeld Scheck & Brustin, LLP; Co-founder of the Innocence Project

Ruben Pinuelas,  Exoneree

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International Tea and Ethics

Facilitators:

The Honorable Judith C. Chirlin, Superior Court of California, County of Los Angeles County (Retired); Former Executive Director, Western Justice Center

The Honorable Lisette Shirdan-Harris, Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas, Pennsylvania; NAWJ International Director, IAWJ North American Delegate


PIPER KERMAN

Time: 3:45 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Piper Kerman is author of the memoir Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Women’s Prison, (adapted by Jenji Kohan into an Emmy Award-winning original series for Netflix; Board Member, Women's Prison Associations

 

NAWJ-International Association of Lesbian and Gay Judges Reception

Time: 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.

 

JAMS International Judges Reception -- by invitation only

Time: 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

 

DINE AROUND – Free Time on Your Own

Be sure to sign up and join others at Los Angeles restaurants specially selected by the Dine Around Committee.

Dine Around options can be access frmoi the conference webpage - select the Dine Around tab.

 

Hospitality Suite Hosted by Nashville’s 2020 Annual Conference Planning Committee

Time: 10:00 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.

 

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 18, 2019

 

Walking Tour of Downtown Los Angeles

Time: 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 a.m.

 

Optional Exercise

Time: 6:00 a.m. to 7:00 a.m.

  • Option #1 Yoga Class - $30 additional fee. Click here to signup.
  • Option #2 Zumba with Marilu  -  $20 additional fee. Click here to signup.

 

NAWJ Annual Business Meeting and Investiture of New Officers

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.

 

CONCURRENT SESSIONS

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 10:15 a.m.

 

Courts in the Crosshairs in 2019: Political Environment, Potential Threats, and Practical Approaches to Preserving our Impartial Judiciary

Panelists:        

Annette Boyd Pitts, Education Chair, NAWJ Judicial Independence Committee;  Director, Justice Teaching Center for Civic Learning     

The Honorable Robin E. Hudson, Supreme Court of North Carolina; Co-Chair, NAWJ Judicial Independence Committee

The Honorable Curtis E.A. Karnow, Superior Court of California, County of San Francisco

The Honorable Debra L. Stephens, Washington State Supreme Court; Co-Chair, NAWJ Judicial Independence Committee

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Human Trafficking:  A Discussion of Interventions that Work in the United States and Internationally

Panelists:

The Honorable Marcia Bernicat, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs, U.S. Department of State

Kelly Dermody, Managing Partner, Lieff, Cabraser, Heimann & Bernstein, LLP

The Honorable Rupa S. Goswami, Superior Court of California, County of Los Angeles         

Jessie Kornberg,  President & CEO, Bet Tzedek

The Honorable Catherine J. Pratt, Superior Court of California, County of Los Angeles

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HORIZON LINE - A Play about Hate Crimes by the Western Justice Center

Facilitator: Brian Joseph

Actor - Jack Sampson

Stage Manager - Riley Nelson-Campos

 

CONCURRENT SESSIONS

Time: 10:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.

 

Sexual Assaults in the Military and Their Civilian Aftermath

Panelists:

Stephanie R. Cooper, LTC, JA, Chief, Operations Branch, Office of The Judge Advocate General, Criminal Law Division

Danette Montoya, LCSW, Military Sexual Trauma Coordinator, San Francisco VA Health Care System

The Honorable Eileen C. Moore, California Court of Appeal, Fourth District, Division Three

State Senator Tom Umberg, California District No. 34: Anaheim, Fountain Valley, Garden Grove, Huntington Beach, Los Alamitos, Midway City, Orange, Rossmoor, Santa Ana, Seal Beach and Westminster in Orange County

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Women Judges and Leadership: Overcoming Challenges and Breaking New Ground

Panelists:

The Honorable Maame E. Frimpong, Superior Court of California, County of Los Angeles         

The Honorable Marcella A. Holland, Baltimore City Circuit Court

The Honorable Margaret Morrow, President and CEO, Public Counsel; U.S. District Court, Central California (Retired)

The Honorable Adrienne C. Nelson, Oregon Supreme Court

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Judicial Tools for Creating a Bias-Free Courtroom for Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming People

Panelists:

Todd Brower, Judicial Education Director, Williams Institute, UCLA School of Law

The Honorable Victoria Kolakowski, Superior Court of California 

County of Alameda

The Honorable Kristin L. Rosi, Chair, NAWJ LGBTQ Committee; ALJ, Administrative Hearing Bureau,  California Department of Insurance

The Honorable Therese M. Stewart, California Court of Appeal, First District, Division Two

 

KEYNOTE LUNCHEON

Time: 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Introduction of Keynote Speaker by Robyn Crowther, Managing Partner of Steptoe & Johnson LLP

ERWIN CHEMERINSKY will provide a U.S. SUPREME COURT UPDATE

Dean and Jesse H. Choper Distinguished Professor of Law at University of California, Berkeley

 

Presentation of NAWJ Equal Access to Justice Scholarship Award to Zarish Akram, Loyola Law School, Los Angeles

 

NAWJ Judicial Independence Committee/Informed Voters-Fair Judges Project Meeting

Time: 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

2019-2020 NAWJ Board of Directors Meeting

Time: 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

NAWJ Resource Board Meeting

Time: 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

 

NAWJ ANNUAL AWARDS BANQUET

Cocktail Reception: 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Gala and After Hours Dancing: 7:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.

 

Presentation of the 41st Annual Conference Recognition Award

to JUDGE ELIZABETH ALLEN WHITE, Superior Court of California, County of Los Angeles

 

Presentation of the Joan Dempsey Klein Honoree of the Year Award

to JUDGE HOLLY J. FUJIE, Superior Court of California, County of Los Angeles

 

Presentation of the Norma Wikler Excellence in Service Award

to ANNETTE BOYD PITTS, Director, Justice Teaching Center for Civic Learning

 

Presentation of the Florence K. Murray Award

to JERRILYN MALANA, Chief Deputy District Attorney for Human Resources, San Diego County District Attorney’s Office

 

Presentation of the Mattie Belle Davis Award

to SHIBANI MALHOTRA, Senior Justice Advisor, Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs, U.S. State Department

 

Presentation of the Lady Justice Award

to KATHY IRELAND, Business Entrepreneur, Author

 

Farewell by Outgoing NAWJ President, The Honorable Tamila E. Ipema

 

Swearing-In of  Incoming NAWJ President, The Honorable Bernadette D'Souza

 

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 19, 2019

Farewell Breakfast

Time: 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.

Vendors and Exhibitors

The National Association of Women Judges and the Los Angeles Conference Committee thank the participating vendors and exhibitors listed below.  

 

VENDORS

Downtown Women’s Center

 

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Marie Borofsky

Nikki Michelle Jewelry

Nina Mclemore

Rachel Miriam

 

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WEST LOVE Color and Culture

 

EXHIBITORS

ABA Judicial Division

CourtCall LLC

File & ServeXpress LLC

ImageSource

Litigation Legal Insight

Tyler Technologies

Women in Dispute Resolution