The 36th Annual Conference of the NAWJ

A committed district judge in the state of Louisiana, Michele Morel handles all types of cases, from traffic violations to murder. A 20-year veteran of the legal field, Michele Morel is an active member of the professional community and belongs to several judicial and legal organizations, including the National Association of Women Judges (NAWJ).

The NAWJ recently held its 36th Annual Conference in San Diego, California. Titled “Protecting and Advancing Meaningful Access to Justice,” the conference covered a wide range of topics, including the challenges facing minority, LGBT, and undocumented immigrant communities as they try gaining access to justice. The conference also focused on how judges can address human trafficking issues and protect women’s rights through their enforcement of the law.

Welcoming over 400 women judges, 40 of whom came in from other countries, the NAWJ conference provided attendees with a plethora of workshops, sessions, and events. The conference’s keynote speaker, United States Supreme Court Associate Judge Sonia Sotomayor, discussed how important it is that the public is educated about the country’s court system. Also, the new NAWJ President, the Honorable Julie E. Frantz of the Multnomah County Circuit Court in Oregon, was sworn in, as were members of NAWJ’s 2014-2015 executive committee.


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