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Impact of Diversity on Judicial Selection One Session on Agenda At Law Conference

Retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor is scheduled to be the keynote speaker at the Southwest Regional Conference of the National Association of Women Judges hosted by the University of San Diego School of Law from Aug. 24-26.

The event, which will be held at the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice, will focus on judicial diversity and independence.

Among those scheduled to participate are Sharon Majors-Lewis, California judicial appointments secretary; and Arizona Chief Justice Ruth McGregor. Also, California Associate Supreme Court Justice Carlos Moreno will lead a presentation on the relationship between judicial diversity and independence, moderated by Miranda McGowan, USD School of Law professor. Participants will include San Diego District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis, California Superior Court Judge Brenda Harbin-Forte, and California Superior Court Judge Fumiko Wasserman.

Also planned is a discussion on the impact of on diversity on judicial selection, retention and evaluation, led by professors Cheryl Harris of the UCLA School of Law, and Sherrilyn Ifill of the University of Maryland School of Law; and a presentation of the Access to Justice Scholarship at a USD law student.

For more information, contact Jeffrey Groton at (202) 393-0222, ext. 12, or jgroton@nawj.org, or visit www.nawj.org.

, Pat Broderick

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