North America

Hon. Lori T. Spivak Has Been Appointed to the Court of Appeal of Manitoba

Manitoba, Canada | The IAWJ congratulates its member, Hon. Lori T. Spivak, for her appointment to the Court of Appeal of Manitoba. “During her many years on the bench, Justice Spivak has presided over a full range of cases in criminal, constitutional and civil law. She is co-chair of the Manitoba Court of Queen’s Bench Judicial Education Committee, which is responsible for planning
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Hon. Lori T. Spivak Has Been Appointed to the Court of Appeal of Manitoba

IAWJ Delegation Goes to the 63rd Session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women

New York, USA | The IAWJ was pleased to have a delegation of women judges at the 63rd Session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW). This year, the theme was “social protection systems, access to public services and sustainable infrastructure for gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls.” Our delegation was comprised of 34 members from 17
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IAWJ Delegation Goes to the 63rd Session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women

IAWJ President, Hon. Vanessa Ruiz, represented us at the UN Conference on Contemporary Challenges on the Independence of Judges and Lawyers from a Global Perspective

New York, USA | Judge Vanessa Ruiz, IAWJ President, represented us at the conference on “Contemporary Challenges on the Independence of Judges and Lawyers from a Global Perspective, ” on February 9-11, 2019, organized by the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Independence of Judges and Lawyers, and the New York Office of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung Foundation. The conference was called by the UN Special Rapporteur
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IAWJ President, Hon. Vanessa Ruiz, represented us at the UN Conference on Contemporary Challenges on the Independence of Judges and Lawyers from a Global Perspective

NAWJ Takes Students to Court to Learn about the Judiciary for their Informed Voters Project

Fort Lauderdale, USA | The National Association of Women Judges (NAWJ), together with a former U.S. Supreme Court Justice and State Court Justices, has a project called the Informed Voters Project. The project consists of students from various high schools learning first-hand about the role of the judiciary. The workshop took place at the Broward County Courthouse in Fort Lauderdale in February. Read
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NAWJ Takes Students to Court to Learn about the Judiciary for their Informed Voters Project

IAWJ Member, Hon. Tanya R. Kennedy Will Deliver the 2019 Commencement Address for Penn State Law

New York, USA | IAWJ member Hon. Tanya R. Kennedy, who is a New York Supreme Court Justice, former supervising judge of Civil Court in New York County and a Penn State alumna, will deliver the 2019 commencement address for Penn State Law on Saturday, May 11, at University park. Justice Kennedy is the immediate Past President of the National Association of Women
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IAWJ Member, Hon. Tanya R. Kennedy Will Deliver the 2019 Commencement Address for Penn State Law

An Evening with Women Judges from the Canadian Chapter of the IAWJ

Manitoba, Canada | The Canadian Chapter of International Association of Women Judges (CCIAWJ) annually hosts an event called “An Evening with Women Judges.” The event consists of the Canadian Chapter organizing a panel with distinguished judges. The panel presents to female law students about the CCIAWJ mission’s of enhancing “the work of women judges nationally and internationally in pursuit of equality, judicial independence,
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An Evening with Women Judges from the Canadian Chapter of the IAWJ

Judith Resnik and Brenda Murray To Brief The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights on How to Evaluate the Civil Rights of Women in Prison

Washington DC, USA | The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights will hold a public briefing on February 22 to “evaluate the civil rights of women in prison, including deprivations of medical needs; implementation of the Prison Rape Elimination Act; and sufficiency of programs to prepare women for life after release.” Judith Resnik from the IAWJ Board of Managerial Trustees and Brenda Murray, IAWJ
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Judith Resnik and Brenda Murray To Brief The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights on How to Evaluate the Civil Rights of Women in Prison

US BMT Member, Prof. Caroline Bettinger-Lopez, Writes OpEd for The Hill

USA | A year after the #MeToo movement started, IAWJ’s Board of Managerial Trustees Member, Prof. Caroline Bettinger-Lopez, along with Rebecca Hughes, published an OpEd for The Hill.com analyzing the International Labor Organization’s (ILO) proposed “Convention and Recommendations Concerning the Elimination of Violence and Harassment in the World of Work“. Through the #Metoo movement women, and men, worldwide “have called for the laws
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US BMT Member, Prof. Caroline Bettinger-Lopez, Writes OpEd for The Hill

IAWJ Member, Justice Wavny Toussaint, Interviewed for Caribbean Life News

New York, USA | IAWJ Member, New York State Supreme Court Justice Wavny Toussaint, originally from Trinidad and Tobago, was interviewed for Caribbean Life News. In her interview, she encouraged young people interested in pursuing law careers to follow their dreams because “nothing is impossible.” Justice Toussaint was the first Trinidadian to become a judge in New York. After a lost election in 1999,
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IAWJ Holds Evening Discussion on Attacks to Judicial Independence Featuring IAWJ member, Judge Klaudia Lozyk from Poland

Washington, DC, USA | The IAWJ held an event, hosted by IAWJ President, Hon. Vanessa Ruiz, on attacks to judicial independence featuring a conversation with IAWJ member, Judge Klaudia Lozyk from Poland. Klaudia Lozyk became a judge in the year 2000. She was appointed President of the Polish District Court in Slupsk in 2011. Her term was supposed to last until 2019 but because
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IAWJ Holds Evening Discussion on Attacks to Judicial Independence Featuring IAWJ member, Judge Klaudia Lozyk from Poland