Lieff Cabraser partner Annika K. Martin recently spoke at the National Association of Women Judges 43rd Annual Conference, where she introduced the event’s keynote speaker, Berkeley Law Dean Erwin Chemerinsky. This year’s conference began on Wednesday October 6, 2021 and will continue through Saturday, October 9, 2021 in Nashville, Tennessee.

The event features several breakout sessions, as well as virtual plenary sessions on the following topics:  “The Rural America Our Legal System Has Left Behind,” “The Woman’s Hour: A Conversation Between Demetria Kalodimos and Elaine Weiss about The Great Fight to Win the Vote,” “First Amendment Issues In Public Education Settings,” “Supreme Court Review with Erwin Chemerinsky,” among others.

For more information regarding speakers, agenda, and registration, visit the NAWJ website.

About the National Association of Women Judges

Since its formation in 1979, NAWJ has inspired and led the American judiciary in achieving fairness and equality for vulnerable populations.

NAWJ’s mission is to promote the judicial role of protecting the rights of individuals under the rule of law through strong, committed, diverse judicial leadership; fairness and equality in the courts; and equal access to justice.

The organization is dedicated to the following ideals:

  • Ensuring equal justice and access to the courts for all including women, youth, the elderly, minorities, the underprivileged and people with disabilities
  • Providing judicial education on cutting-edge issues of importance
  • Developing judicial leaders
  • Increasing the number of women on the bench in order for the judiciary to accurately reflect the role of women in the democratic society
  • Improving the administration of justice to provide gender-fair decisions for both male & female litigations

About Annika K. Martin

A partner in Lieff Cabraser’s New York office, Annika K. Martin served as co-lead counsel for plaintiff abuse victims in the USC student sexual abuse lawsuit that led to a $215 million settlement with USC and Dr. Tyndall and significant institutional changes. She is currently representing men who were sexually abused as students by University of Michigan physician Robert Anderson.

Annika also represents plaintiffs in class action and mass tort litigation concerning consumer fraudenvironmental issues, and products liability. She served as co-lead counsel for plaintiffs in the successful national consumer fraud class action brought against General Motors Company over allegedly defective air conditioning systems, and has a similar role in the more recent similar product defect case against Mercedes over their allegedly defective vehicle HVAC systems.

Annika represented individuals, property owners, and business owners across the Gulf Coast in class action litigation against BP, Transocean, Halliburton, and other companies responsible for the 2010 blowout on the Deepwater Horizon oil rig which resulted in the worst oil spill in U.S. history. Annika was deeply involved in negotiating, implementing, and gaining court approval for the economic and medical class action settlements with BP that are compensating hundreds of thousands of victims of the tragedy.

Annika has also represented plaintiffs with physical and economic injuries arising from GM vehicles with defective ignition switches, and patients nationwide suffering from the widespread outbreak of meningitis and other serious maladies caused by contaminated medication. Annika is the current co-chair of AAJ’s Class Action Litigation Group.

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