Since its formation in 1979, NAWJ has inspired and lead the American judiciary in achieving fairness and equality for vulnerable populations. Led by two visionary women, Justice Joan Dempsey Klein and Justice Vaino Spencer, 100 brave and intrepid women judges met and formed an organization dedicated to the following ideals:

Ensuring equal justice and access to the courts for all including women, youth, the elderly, minorities, the underprivileged, and people with disabilities
Providing judicial education on cutting-edge issues of importance
Developing judicial leaders
Increasing the number of women on the bench in order for the judiciary to more accurately reflect the role of women in a democratic society
Improving the administration of justice to provide gender-fair decisions for both male and female litigants NAWJ was at the forefront in the establishment and implementation of gender bias task forces in both federal and state courts. We have greatly advanced the administration of justice in areas of domestic violence, child support and child custody, and the treatment of women in the courts of America.

NAWJ is respected as a leader in educating judges on bioethics, elderly abuse, the sentencing of women offenders with substance abuse problems; improving conditions for women in prison; and the problems facing immigrants in our court system.







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