April 2022 President’s Letter

Greetings from the President


By Shannon Bruno Bishop

“Spring is the time of plans and projects” Leo Tolstoy

What are your plans?  Do you have plans for spring cleaning, remodeling, or gardening projects?  What about vacations plans, community events, or educational seminars you plan to attend?  Now is the perfect time to get these things on the calendar.

The NAWCJ Curriculum Committee has begun planning for another great program for the 2022 Judicial College, which will take place August 22 – 24, 2022 in Orlando, Florida.  Yes, we are back to holding the event in the sunny and warm month of August.  As always, the session topics will be diverse and interesting.  Registration information will be available in the coming months.  However, in this quarterly issue of the Lex & Verum, you will find a Scholarship application for full or partial scholarships, which will be awarded to selected adjudicators.  If you have any questions regarding the scholarship, you may direct them to Judge Jennifer Hopens at  I hope that you will make plans to attend.

Aside from the Judicial College, as you peruse this issue of the Lex & Verum, please make a note of other wonderful events sponsored or promoted by NAWCJ.

  • On June 22, 2022, the NAWCJ will hold its virtual Lunch & Learn on the topic of “Decorum in the Court: Dealing with Difficult Litigants.” Past Lunch & Learn sessions have been great.  With this topic, I know this session will be just as interesting.
  • Several events have been scheduled by a planning commission to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Report of the National Commission on State Workmen’s Compensation Laws. In her article: “50th Anniversary of the Report of the National Commission on State Workmen’s Compensation Laws,” James Gallen provides additional information on the Commission and the events scheduled through the end of the year.
  • Any plans to read a good book? Judge David Torrey provides a very informative book review of “Ultimate Price: The Value We Place on Life.”

I hope you make plans to attend some of the events listed in the Lex.  Additionally, if you would like to become more active with NAWCJ, contact me anytime.

I plan to see more of you in the future.

Shannon B. Bishop