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2013 Beatty Jurist

Honorable Migna Sanchez-LlorensHonorable Migna Sanchez-Llorens

Circuit Judge, Eleventh Judicial Circuit, Florida

March 27-28, 2013

Judge Sanchez-Llorens received her B.A. from Wellesley College, her Master in Economics from Trinity College, and J.D. from New York University School of Law. Prior to practicing law, Judge Sanchez-Llorens worked in banking for approximately nine years, five of which she was a bank officer.

For over 14 years, Judge Sanchez-Llorens worked as an Assistant Public Defender in state and federal court.  She was assigned as the training attorney in the Domestic Representation Unit in the Public Defender’s Office for the Eleventh Judicial Circuit.   During her tenure at the Public Defender’s Office, Judge Sanchez-Llorens tried over 50 cases to verdict.

Judge Sanchez-Llorens devotes her time to addressing domestic violence issues in the community. Prior to her election in August 2008, she was appointed as a board member for various state and county domestic violence organizations, including the Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence Statewide Legal and Policy Council, as well as appointed to the Miami-Dade County Domestic Violence Oversight Board. Judge Sanchez-Llorens regularly speaks on domestic violence issues and has appeared on Spanish, English, and Creole radio programs designed to educate the public on available resources to combat domestic violence.

Judge Sanchez-Llorens was awarded the South Florida Hispanic Chamber of Commerce “Women of Leadership Award for Government/Public Service,” and she also received a “Proclamation of Appreciation” from the City of Miami Beach in 2007 for her commitment for public service as well as recognition from the Puerto Rican Bar Association for “Outstanding Service to the Judiciary.”

She is the Past President of the Women’s Committee of Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) and served on the Board of Directors during 2010-2011. She is a Mentor in BBBS’ “School to Work” Program, where she is paired with a junior from Booker T. Washington Senior High School. She also served as Co-Chair on the Miami-Dade County Domestic Violence Oversight Board, BBBS Women’s Committee Co-Chair for the Miracle Makers’ Luncheon and the Womenade Host Committee for the Chapman Partnership (formerly known as the Community Partnership for the Homeless). She was recently elected Regional Representative to the Wellesley Latina Alumnae Network (WLAN) Board.


2009 Beatty Jurist

Honorable Marilyn Ruth Signe SkoglundHonorable Marilyn Ruth Signe Skoglund

Associate Justice, Vermont Supreme Court

April 1-4, 2009

Associate Justice Marilyn Ruth Signe Skoglund wasborn in Chicago, Illinois in 1946. She attended elementary andhigh school in St. Louis, Missouri and graduated from SouthernIllinois University with a bachelor’s degree in fine arts in 1971. Justice Skoglund moved to Plainfield, Vermont in 1973, and hasresided in Montpelier since 1983.

In lieu of attending law school, Justice Skoglund completed a law-office clerkship at the Office of the Attorney General, where she went on to serve as Assistant Attorney General, Chief of the Civil Law Division, and Chief of the Public Protection Division. Governor Howard Dean appointed Justice Skoglund to the District Court in 1994, and to the Supreme Court in 1997. She is the second woman to serve as an Associate Justice of the VermontSupreme Court.

Shortly after taking office, Justice Skoglund started the Art in the Supreme Court program, through which she has exhibited the work of more than fifty artists. She has also served on the Board of the Vermont Bar Foundation, and is currently Chair of the Court’s Judicial Education Committee, co-Chair of the Court’s Justice for Children Task Force, and serving on the Judicial Nominating Commission for the federal district court.


2008 Beatty Jurist

Honorable Julio FuentesHonorable Julio Fuentes

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit

April 9-11, 2008

Judge Julio Fuentes of North Caldwell, New Jersey, earned a bachelor’s degree from Southern Illinois University in 1971. He served in the U.S. Army for several years before earning a law degree from the University of Buffalo Law School in 1975 and Masters Degrees from Rutgers University in 1982 and New York University in 1993. He commenced his practice of law with the firm of Miller, Hochman, Meyerson and Schaeffer in Jersey City, New Jersey. After two years in general practice, he started his own firm.

In 1978 he was appointed municipal judge in the City of Newark and served in that position until 1987 when Governor Thomas Kean appointed him to the New Jersey Superior Court. At the Superior Court he served in theFamily, Criminal and Civil Divisions and as Presiding Judge in Civil and General Equity.

In 1999, Judge Fuentes was nominated by President Clinton to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. He was unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate in March 2000. He is the first Hispanic American to sit on that Court, whichserves the people of the states of New Jersey, Pennsylvania,Delaware and the U.S. Virgin Islands.


2007 Beatty Jurist

Honorable Howard H. Dana, Jr.Honorable Howard H. Dana, Jr.

Associate Justice, Maine Supreme Judicial Court

Feburary 21-23, 2007

Howard H. Dana, Jr., has been an Associate Justice of the Maine Supreme Judicial Court since 1993. He graduated from Bowdoin College in 1962 and received a law degree and masters in public administration from Cornell in 1966
and a masters in judicial process from the University of Virginia in 1998.

Following a clerkship with Judge Edward T. Gignoux, he practiced law in Portland primarily in the field of corporate litigation until joining the Court. While a lawyer, he was appointed by Presidents Reagan and Bush to serve on the Board of Directors of the Legal Services Corporation (1982, 1990-93). He presently serves as the vice-chair of the Maine Justice Action Group (JAG), and until recently was the chair of the Court Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee. Justice Dana is the Court’s liaison to the Lawyers’ Fund for Client Protection. He recently completed a term on the ABA Board of Governors.

Before his election to the Board, Dana was a member of the ABA Commission on Interest on Lawyers Trust Accounts (1988-1992), the ABA Standing Committee on Legal Aid and Indigent Defendants (1994-1997), and the ABA Standing Committee on Pro Bono and Public Service. Most recently he was the chair of the ABA Task Force on Access to Justice.


2006 Beatty Jurist

Honorable Harris L. HartzHonorable Harris L. Hartz

Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit

February 15-18, 2006

Justice Hartz is a federal judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. He was nominated to that court by President George W. Bush on September 4, 2001 to replace Judge Bobby Ray Baldock, who took Senior status. Hartz was confirmed by the United States Senate on December 6, 2001. Hartz received both his A.B. from Harvard College and his J.D. from Harvard Law School.

Prior to his appointment to the Tenth Circuit, Hartz had a record of experience both in public service and private practice. He was an Assistant United States Attorney for the District of New Mexico from 1972–1975, and thereafter spent a year as an assistant professor of law at University of Illinois College of Law. He served on the Governor of New Mexico's Organized Crime Prevention Commission from 1976–1979, first as counsel, then as executive director. After that, he was in private practice for nine years before serving as a judge on the New Mexico Court of Appeals from 1988-1999. He then returned to private practice until his elevation to the federal bench.


2005 Beatty Jurist

Honorable Elizabeth B. LacyHonorable Elizabeth B. Lacy

Justice, Supreme Court of Virginia

February 23-26, 2005

Virginia Supreme Court Justice Elizabeth B. Lacy will be the first jurist to participate in William L. Beatty Jurist in Residence.

Justice Lacy is a Virginia jurist and was the first woman named to the Virginia State Corporation Commission and subsequently was the first woman named to be a Justice of the Supreme Court of Virginia. Lacy is a graduate of St. Mary's College at Notre Dame and the University of Texas law school. She also received an LL.M. from the University of Virginia School of Law in 1992. Lacy practiced law in Texas before moving to Virginia.

Prior to her appointment to the SCC by Governor Charles S. Robb, Lacy was the state Deputy Attorney General for Judicial Affairs, a division that prosecutes consumer protection violations, oversees the state's antitrust laws, state regulations and conflict of interest statutes. She was succeeded on the SCC by Del. Theodore V. Morrison Jr., a member of the General Assembly and a lawyer from Newport News, Virginia.

Lacy was appointed to the Supreme Court by Gov. Gerald L. Baliles on November 22, 1988. Her appointment was later confirmed by the General Assembly and she was subsequently elected to a second 12-year term. Although by seniority she was the longest serving active member of the Supreme Court when Chief Justice Harry L. Carrico retired, Lacy did not succeed him as Chief Justice. Although the Chief Justice was previously the senior active member of the Court, a change in the law prior to the former Chief Justice Carrico's retirement provided that in future the Chief Justice would be selected by an election of the Court members for a four-year term. Chief Justice Leroy Rountree Hassell, Sr., then second in seniority to Justice Lacy, was elected Chief Justice. Justice Lacy retired and took senior status effective August 16, 2007.

The Library of Virginia honored her as one of the eight Virginia Women in History for 2008.