The NCAWA Judicial Endorsements Committee (JEC) is a registered political action committee which makes non-partisan endorsements and, in the past, has also made campaign contributions in judicial elections.  Every NCAWA member is a member of the JEC PAC unless the member indicates on their annual membership application that they prefer not to be.

The JEC follows set criteria and procedures in making endorsements.  The JEC endorses a candidate for judicial office based on the following criteria: (1) the candidate's legal skill and ability; (2) the candidate's experience as a professional and in the community; (3) the candidate's competence, legal experience, temperament, and demeanor for a judicial position; and (4) the candidate's support for women in the legal profession and for the rights of women under the law.  Endorsements are communicated to our members as well as to the media across the state.

After inviting all judicial candidates to seek the JEC nomination, the Committee evaluates each candidate for their respective race and conducts a thorough investigation.  The investigation specifically includes interviewing practitioners about the candidates, both those the candidate has listed as references and others in the relevant community(ies).  For candidates who have already served as appellate judges, the investigation includes reading their opinions. The procedure is thorough, and the Committee takes its obligation to investigate seriously.

If you have any questions, please contact NCAWA.



2022 JEC Endorsements

JEC Endorsements - October 7, 2022 



2021-2022 JEC Governing Board

Rachel Blunk, Chair
Martha Bradley, Treasurer
Natasha Adams
Donna Cohen
Heather Hazelwood
Laura Loyek
Meredith Nicholson
Sheldon Schenck

Martha Milan, ex officio
Dionne Fortner, ex officio



Past JEC Endorsements


JEC Endorsements - October 6, 2020


JEC Judicial Endorsements - October 19, 2018


JEC Judicial Endorsements - August 1, 2014
JEC Endorsement Announcement for Martin Seat - October 14, 2014


JEC Announces Judicial Endorsements - October 3, 2012
JEC Announces Judicial Endorsements - July 17, 2012
JEC Announces Appellate Race Endorsements - April 9, 2012 


JEC Announces Endorsements for 2010 General Election - July 2, 2010
JEC Announces Endorsements (in appellate races with primaries) - April 16, 2010