It was wonderful to see everyone in Santa Fe and Toronto this past year! Both conferences were excellent. We are excited as well about our upcoming spring conference from April 27-30 in Arlington, Virginia, and next fall in Cleveland, Ohio.
AJF is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit entity, formed to promote judicial and civic education. Our energetic members and Board have furthered these goals recently in a number of respects, which are listed below.
The AJF sponsored a highly praised event in Toronto, Canada, at historic Osgood Hall. Highlights included a tour of the hall for attendees, a tasting of some superb Scotch, and a very nice dinner. Many thanks to Justice Russell Otter, the primary planner of the event, for the work he put into it. There was also a lovely array of items at our silent auction event in Toronto. Thank you to all the contributors of items and the many eager bidders for your participation.
AJF continues to support judicial education by funding for Dean Erwin Chemerinksy’s annual conference update on the United States Supreme Court. In Toronto, where the conference theme was a comparison of Canadian and United States law, Dean Chemerinksy managed to do this in half his usual time, to accommodate a similar presentation updating attendees on the past year’s developments in the Canadian Supreme Court.
AJF has voted to increase last year’s grant support for the Center for Civic Education. This outstanding nonpartisan organization provides top notch civic educational opportunities for high school students across the United States, via its highly praised “We the People” state and national competition program. It also supports other forms of education about democracy. The Center has been highly appreciative of AJF’s support and has highlighted it in all its materials. You may enjoy learning more about the Center at its website, which you can reach via the following link: http://www.civiced.org/.
We are currently planning something new for us. We have not before had a fundraising reception at a midyear conference, but we are hoping to hold one on April 27th at the University Club in downtown Washington, D.C. Outreach is underway to potential VIP attendees, including one to two Supreme Court justices. We are also working on a group admission to the brand new Smithsonian museum on African American culture and history for that same afternoon, immediately preceding the reception.
Of course there will be a fundraising reception and another silent auction in Cleveland, where AJA’s annual conference will be held September 11-15, 2017. Cleveland has not only become a strong competitor in baseball and basketball (and their superb baseball team, the Indians, will be in town playing at the time of our conference) but also a culinary mecca. Our conference hotel, the Renaissance Cleveland, is within blocks of many wonderful restaurants. And don’t forget Cleveland is the home of one of the best symphonies in America, the Cleveland Orchestra at Severance Hall, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, the outstanding Cleveland Museum of Art, and an excellent theater district, Playhouse Square. And there is more: the Cedar Point Amusement Park, the Cleveland Botanical Garden, the Cleveland History Center, the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, The Jack Cleveland Casino, the Cleveland Museum of Contemporary Art, the Great Lakes Science Center, and the Cleveland Zoo. There is also Lake Erie, the Cuyahoga Valley National Park, and the many Cleveland parks. You will love this conference and our reception. Please start earmarking items to bring for the auction now.
Our busy committee members are working on a proposal for estate and bequest giving to the AJF. We will be reviewing that soon.
What do you think would make the AJF even more effective? What planning would you like us to undertake? Please join our committees, come to our Board meetings, and send us your suggestions. I look forward to hearing from you and working on your proposals.
JUDGE CATHERINE SHAFFER
PRESIDENT OF AJF
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