October 2021 President’s Letter

Greetings from the President


By Shannon Bruno Bishop


For the first time in a very long time, I sat on the porch of a local restaurant and observed the beauty surrounding me.  It was the first day of fall and the day was sunny with a wonderful cool breeze.  In Louisiana, we usually have two seasons…HOT and COLD.  But on this day, as I enjoyed a pleasant fall day, I began to think about the change of seasons.  Moving from the warmer days of summer to the cooler days of fall and observing the leaves as the colors change and fall from the trees, I began to think of changes that occur in our lives.  As you move into a new season, I am asking you to think about changes you would like to make in your life as a judge, a parent, a spouse, or a friend.  What changes would you like to see in your courtroom?  What changes would you like to see in your administration?  How about changes in your community or your personal life?  Take a moment and think about something you can do to make a change as you enter into a new season of life.  I know you’re busy, but let’s take time to make a change.

If you get stuck and need a little help, how about making the change by becoming more active with the NAWCJ.  Feel free to e-mail me at to learn more about our wonderful committees.  And don’t forget to mark your calendars for our upcoming programs.

  • NAWCJ Lunch & Learn, which is scheduled for October 6, 2021 at 12:30 Eastern Time. Additional information is contained in this month’s Lex & Verum.
  • NAWCJ Judicial College, which is scheduled for December 13-15, 2021. College information and registration can be found at

Thank you for your time.  And remember, we can all make changes big and small.

Man in the Mirror by Michael Jackson

I’m starting with the man in the mirror
I’m asking him to change his ways
And no message could have been any clearer
If you want to make the world a better place
Take a look at yourself, and then make a change

Please continue to be safe, wear your mask, social distance, and get vaccinated.

Shannon B. Bishop