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October 19, 2007

Bar Welcomes National Association of Women Judges Nov. 7

The Philadelphia Bar Association welcomes the 2007 National Association of Women Judges' 29th Annual Conference to Philadelphia Nov. 7 - 11 at the Four Seasons Hotel.

"We are honored to welcome members of the NAWJ to Philadelphia, and salute them for their dedication to preserving judicial independence, ensuring equal justice and access to the courts for women, minorities and other historically disfavored groups, providing education, and increasing the numbers and advancement of women judges at all levels," said Bar Association Chancellor Jane L. Dalton.

Senior Judge Norma L. Shapiro, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, and Senior Judge Carolyn Engel Temin, Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas, are co-chairs of the 29th Annual Conference.

"We extend our congratulations to the Honorable Norma L. Shapiro and the Honorable Carolyn Engel Temin, and thank them for their outstanding contributions to our profession and tireless dedication to ensuring fairness and gender equality in our courts. As trailblazers who have paved the way for many, they are invaluable role models who continue to inspire us always," said Chancellor Dalton. "Likewise, we congratulate the Honorable Brenda Stith Loftin, NAWJ President, and Honorable Fernande R.V. Duffly, President-Elect, for their accomplished leadership and vision."

NAWJ was founded in 1979 and is comprised of more than 1,200 federal, state, municipal, administrative, military and tribal women judges at both the appellate and trial levels from every state in the nation.
In connection with the annual conference, there will be a luncheon held on Friday, Nov. 9 at the Park Hyatt Philadelphia at the Bellevue, open to the public.

This year's luncheon will feature keynote speaker Judith Rodin, Ph.D., current president of the Rockefeller Foundation and the past president of the University of Pennsylvania. It will be attended by hundreds of leading federal and state women judges from across the United States. Also in attendance will be a number of distinguished women judges from foreign countries..

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