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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 02/20/06
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Acting Director of Communications
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Women's History Month Celebration Slated for March 6

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—The New Jersey State Bar Association’s Women in the Profession Section and Diversity Committee will host a Women’s History Month celebration on Monday, March 6, beginning at 5 p.m. The reception and dinner will be held at the New Jersey Law Center in New Brunswick, and will feature the artwork of Highland Park artist Erena Rae and an entertaining and informative presentation by Debbie Walsh, director of the Center for American Women and Politics (CAWP) at Rutgers’ Eagleton Institute of Politics.

The evening will begin with a reception at 5 p.m., offering attendees the opportunity to enjoy a display of works by Rae, who uses her printmaking talents to explore the power of language. “The art that moves me most is art that points out unfair or unethical practices—especially those which have become so routine that either they go unnoticed or they are assumed to be normal,” the artist has been quoted as saying.

An Italian buffet dinner will begin at 6 p.m., followed by an address by featured speaker Debbie Walsh, who has held the CAWP’s top leadership position since 1981, overseeing the center’s research, education and public service programs.

“First as director of CAWP's Program for Women Public Officials and now as the center's director, Debbie has led the center's extensive work with women officeholders and organized more than a dozen national conferences for women officials, ranging from small meetings focused on issues such as women's legislative caucuses, women in legislative leadership and training programs for newly elected women legislators to CAWP's quadrennial national Forum for Women State Legislators, to which every woman state legislator in the country is invited,” notes the CAWP website.

Walsh is currently working on a number of projects, including analyzing the impact of term limits and redistricting on women's representation in state legislatures, an initiative to identify and recruit women candidates in New Jersey and a partnership with NOBEL/Women designed to encourage African American women to seek elective office. CAWP recently released a new study on the impact of women in state legislatures.

As director, Walsh is also responsible for directing the nomination and selection process for the Good Housekeeping Award for Women in Government, a project with Good Housekeeping magazine, sponsored by the Ford Foundation. Nine women are selected for the honor each year, with the top winner receiving $25,000. In addition, a $25,000 Good Housekeeping/Wyeth Award for Women in Government is given to a woman in government who is working on women's health issues.

Register Today

To register to attend the Women’s History Month celebration, visit the association’s website at njsba.com, and locate the event after clicking on the red “Meeting Calendar” button.

The New Jersey State Bar Association, incorporated in 1899, is dedicated to the continuing education of lawyers and the public, to reforming and improving the legal system and to aiding in the administration of justice.

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