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National Association of Women Judges receives grant to fight sexual harassment

July 27, 2018 By Rob Abruzzese, Legal Editor Brooklyn Daily Eagle
National Association of Women Judges President Hon. Tanya Kennedy (center) with U.S. Reps. Debbie Dingell (left) and Lois Frankel at the 13th annual meeting between the NAWJ and the Congressional Caucus for Women’s Issues. Photo courtesy of the NAWJ
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The National Association of Women Judges (NAWJ) announced that it has launched a #WeToo campaign to combat sexual harassment in the legal workplace following its 13th annual meeting with the Congressional Caucus for Women’s Issues on Wednesday, July 18.

The #WeToo campaign, which is co-sponsored by the Women’s Bar Association of D.C. and the law firms McGuireWoods and Morgan Lewis, will create a series of educational sessions, workshops, training programs, marketing and social media campaigns. It will also set up a defense fund to combat sexual harassment across the legal community.

“NAWJ is extremely grateful to be the recipient of a $29,000 grant from the State Justice Institute, which will assist us in our efforts to create and implement educational and training programs and, therefore, empower women to thrive in healthy work environments, free from sexual harassment and discrimination,” NAWJ President Hon. Tanya R. Kennedy said.

Justice Kennedy hosted the meeting, which took place in Washington D.C., along with Congressional Women’s Caucus co-chairs U.S. Reps. members Susan Brooks and Lois Frankel.

“We have tried to find issues where we can work together, and one of those issues is sexual harassment,” said Frankel.

In front of an audience of about 50 Congress members, judges and lawyers, a panel session was held with moderator Nicole Austin-Hillery, the executive director of the Human Rights Watch’s U.S. Program and commissioner of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC); Susan E. Huhta of Outten & Golden LLP.; Sadina Montani of Vedder Price; and David J. Sachar of the Arkansas Judicial Discipline and Disability Commission.

The group pointed out the need for the meeting on sexual harassment in the legal community in the wake of an EEOC study conducted in 2016 that stated that one in four women have experienced sexual harassment in the workplace.

“We have to eliminate sexual harassment in the workplace and out of the workplace,” said Brooks.

The NAWJ was formed in 1979 with the mission of promoting fairness and equality for vulnerable populations by promoting a diverse judicial leadership that is committed to fairness in the courts and equal access to justice.

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