North America

Canadian Court Introduces Sacred Eagle Feathers for Indigenous Witnesses

Manitoba courts in Canada have introduced sacred eagle feathers for witnesses in court to hold as they swear in. IAWJ member, Justice Lore Mirwaldt sits in one of these courts. According to CBC Manitoba, this has been “called a historic moment.” A sunrise ceremony was held to “to mark the introduction of eagle feathers into every provincial courtroom.” During the ceremony, the feathers
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The National Association of Women Judges – US Hosted a Delegation of Georgia Women Judges

IAWJ judges from the National Association of Women Judges – US (NAWJ) met with a delegation of Georgian women judges in various cities within the US.  The delegation was led by Supreme Court Justice Ekaterina Gasitashvili. IAWJ President, Hon. Vanessa Ruiz met with them at the District of Columbia Court of Appeals (pictured above). Following that meeting, they met with judges of the
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The National Association of Women Judges – US Hosted a Delegation of Georgia Women Judges

The National Association of Women Judges – US Celebrates Kickoff for their 42nd Annual Conference

According to Nashville Post, The team at Neal & Harwell recently hosted the kickoff celebration to the National Association of Women Judges Conference that will take place in October of next year. The gathering, titled “The Music for Equality,” will celebrate women and commemorate the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment. Hon. Barbara Holmes, chair of the NAWJ Executive Planning Committee, and Hon.
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The National Association of Women Judges – US Celebrates Kickoff for their 42nd Annual Conference

The National Association of Women Judges’ Women in Prison Initiative Received Books Donations from the Shreve Memorial Library Friends, Inc.

Through the tireless efforts of the National Association of Women Judges – US (NAWJ) District 6 Director, Judge Sheva M. Sims, the NAWJ Women in Prison Initiative received two books donations from the Shreve Memorial Library Friends, Inc.  The books were presented by the organization’s president, Captain Jim Gavin.  The first book donation totaled five boxes and was presented to the Caddo Correctional
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We Are Sisters in Law

Travelling to Kiev, Ukraine, Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Ann Walsh Bradley spoke at the Ukrainian Women Lawyers Association Second All-Ukrainian Forum entitled “Women in the Legal Profession:  Visibility, Advocacy and  Influence”.   The program was sponsored by the USAID New Justice Program and the Ukraine-Canada Project. The forum united over 200 women lawyers and judges from throughout Ukraine.  Judges from all levels of courts and jurisdictions, including the Ukraine Supreme
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We Are Sisters in Law

National Association of Women Judges – USA Started a New Partnership for their Women In Prison Program

In their June 2019 Newsletter, the National Association of Women Judges – USA (NAWJ)’s District 6 announced a new partnership with the Bossier Parish Community College (BPCC), for their Women In Prison program. The partnership began on July 1. BPCC affiliated instructors will conduct classes allowing the women to obtain the requisite education to be able to obtain employment in a myriad of
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National Association of Women Judges – USA Started a New Partnership for their Women In Prison Program

Former IAWJ Executive Director and BMT Member Team Up on Human Trafficking Program

Since she retired from the IAWJ, former Executive Director Joan Winship has continued to work on equality and justice issues that she deeply cares about.  She was appointed to the Calvert County (Maryland) Commission for Women and has chaired that Commission since 2017.  The CCCW’s mission is to identify and advocate on issues affecting women and girls, to educate and inform the public and to
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Former IAWJ Executive Director and BMT Member Team Up on Human Trafficking Program

The United Kingdom Association of Women Judges Participated in a Wellbeing Event for Lawyers and Judicial Officers

In May, the United Kingdom Association of Women Judges (UKAWJ) participated in a Women in Criminal Law Midlands (WCLM) Wellbeing event at Leicester University. The event was co-hosted by 36Crime and the Midlands Asian Lawyers Association (MALA). As written in the UKAWJ’s June Newsletter, IAWJ member Hon. Sue Carr, “gave a speech in which she recognised the stresses and strains on practitioners, Court
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The United Kingdom Association of Women Judges Participated in a Wellbeing Event for Lawyers and Judicial Officers

Canadian Chapter of the International Association of Women Judges Celebrates their 25th Anniversary

The Canadian Chapter of the International Association of Women Judges (CCIAWJ) celebrated their 25thAnniversary at a Conference and Dinner held in Halifax, Nova Scotia, April 29 – May 2, 2019. The CCIAWJ was established in 1994 at a meeting initiated by Claire L’Heureux Dubé a retired Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada. The theme of the conference was “The Modern Court:  Adapting to Judging
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Canadian Chapter of the International Association of Women Judges Celebrates their 25th Anniversary

IAWJ Represented at the Second Pan-American Judges Summit on Social Rights and Franciscan Doctrine Hosted by the Pontifical Academy of Sciences at the Vatican

On June 3 and 4, the Pontifical Academy of Sciences hosted the second Pan-American Judges Summit on Social Rights and Franciscan Doctrine at the Vatican. Judges from North, Central, and South America that work on the effective implementation of social, economic and cultural rights were invited to the Summit. The goal of this conference was for participants to discuss how to realize people’s right
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IAWJ Represented at the Second Pan-American Judges Summit on Social Rights and Franciscan Doctrine Hosted by the Pontifical Academy of Sciences at the Vatican