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NEWS FROM THE NAWJ (U.S.) ANNUAL CONFERENCE

I am just settling down after an exciting and fast-paced October. IAWJ held its board meeting in Fez, Morocco in conjunction with the Regional Symposium of African Judges which was themed Social and Professional Guarantees of Women Judges in Africa.  Special thanks to the Kingdom of Morocco and Judge Mina Sougrati for all of her hard work planning and hosting us in her
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NEWS FROM THE NAWJ (U.S.) ANNUAL CONFERENCE

David J. Sachar Wrote an Op-Ed for UNODC’s Global Judicial Integrity Network

IAWJ member from the US, David J. Sachar, who is Executive Director of the Judicial Discipline and Disciplinary Commission in Arkansas recently published an Op-Ed with UNODC’s Global Judicial Integrity Network* on Judicial Misconduct and Public Confidence in the Rule of Law. Judicial misconduct breaks down the very fibre of what is necessary for a functional judiciary- citizens who believe their judges are
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The New Judge Barbie’s Attire was Designed with Help of the National Association of Women Judges – US

The National Association of Women Judges – US (NAWJ) helped design Mattel’s new Barbie: Judge Barbie. According to Romper, Mattel consulted with the NAWJ “to get Judge Barbie’s courtroom attire correct, and as representative of most judges’ attire as possible.” Moreover, “Judge Barbie is available in four skin tones so more little girls can have a doll who represents them.” It is part
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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