Courts during Covid: Challenges and Successes


There is no question that 2020 was a difficult year for the courts, lawyers and litigants.  But it also presented opportunities for courts to experiment with innovative technologies and explore alternatives to in-person proceedings.  The NJCHS, and the FBA of the Western District of Washington, present a two-part CLE series in which all-star panels of judges, lawyers and court personnel from across the Ninth Circuit discuss the challenges of 2020, the unexpected successes that were achieved, and to what extent new technologies and procedures may remain relevant post-COVID.  The series will begin with a more general program and end with a program focused on remote trials in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington.  Please join for either session or both – as you wish!


  • $25 per session or $40 for both

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Program Partner

For over forty years the FBA-WDWA has worked closely with the United States District Court and the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit to improve the federal judicial process for the courts, and for lawyers and litigants. You can learn more on their website here.

Program One:  Courts during Covid: Challenges and Successes

  • How challenges were overcome to keep the Courts open and what surprising innovations/experiences were learned that may carry over in the future.


Moderator: Judge Virginia Phillips (CDCA)

Chief Judge Phyllis Hamilton (NDCA); Magistrate Judge Stacie Beckerman (District of Oregon); Magistrate Judge Candy Dale (District of Idaho); Susan Gelmis (Chief Deputy-Operations: Ninth Circuit); Kiry Gray (Clerk of Court: CDCA); Mo Hamoudi (AFPD: WDWA); Alexander Samuels (AUSA: District of Arizona)

Date and Time (Virtual Event)

  • Program One: Tuesday, February 9, 2021 from 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m (PST) including Q&A Session at the end of Panelist presentation.

Program Two: Trials Over Zoom

  • Lessons Learned and Practical Advice


Moderator:  Judge Barbara J. Rothstein (WDWA)

Judge Marsha J. Pechman (WDWA), Judge Robert S. Lasnik (WDWA), Michael S. Wampold (Peterson Wampold Rosato Feldman Luna), Mark P. Walters (Lowe Graham Jones)

Date and Time (Virtual Event)

  • Program Two: Tuesday, February 23, 2021 from 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m (PST) including Q&A Session at the end of Panelist presentation.

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Opportunity | Assistant to the Executive Director

The NJCHS is seeking an Assistant to work in close partnership with the Executive Director promoting awareness of the important role that the judicial system plays in our society. The successful candidate will bring their creativity, attention to detail, and passion to the work of the Society by designing outreach and other materials, helping build and support events, supporting educational and member outreach, and performing administrative tasks and other projects as needed. See details below!

Responsibilities include (but are not limited to):

Communications/Design Support:

  • Design newsletters to send to members
  • Maintain WordPress website including creating and supporting webpages for key events, programs, and fundraising initiatives
  • Design, create and/or update PowerPoint presentations for Board Meetings and/or events 
  • Assist in designing print and digital media such as flyers, T-shirts, posters, and announcement materials
  • Maintain membership database (Little Green Light) updating and tracking memberships and sending monthly renewal letters 

Administrative Support:

  • Help coordinate tracking and reporting of payments, sponsorships, and membership dues 
  • Maintain accounts payable/receivable along with depositing and tracking checks
  • Supervise all bank accounts including credit card account and responsible for reviewing and compiling monthly bank statements 
  • Maintain Stripe account and coordinate integration throughout all platforms 
  • Track project budgets for special events such as our Annual Gala
  • Manage incoming and outgoing mail

Special Events:

  • Support registration and logistical support related to special events
  • Run Zoom webinars for virtual events including practice sessions
  • Liaison with other organizations and teams to coordinate co-sponsored events 


  • You have 1-2 years of experience in an administrative and/or project coordination role
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Experience with a variety of technology systems, and ability to troubleshoot and research solutions when needed
  • Experience working in Google Suite, Zoom, Excel, WordPress and Mailchimp
  • Familiarity with basic graphic design 
  • Working with nonprofits, foundations, and/or government agencies is a plus 
  • Experience working with a CRM system (Salesforce, LGL etc.) is a plus 

Personal Qualities

  • The NJCHS has a very small staff, so you are highly organized, a team player, flexible, and thrive in a fast-paced work environment where you have real responsibility in a supportive environment
  • You are an effective communicator and a proactive problem solver  
  • Familiarity with the role of the judiciary a plus


The NJCHS is a non-profit 501(c)(3) whose mission is to preserve and promote the vibrant history of the law in the Ninth Circuit, and to raise awareness of the important role that the judicial system plays in our society. We accomplish our mission through an ambitious schedule of programming, exhibits, oral histories, and publication of our journal, Western Legal History.

Position Details

  • Start date: January 2021.
  • This can be either a full-time position or part time position. While we are currently working remotely, successful candidates are expected to be available for in-person work in the Bay Area post-Covid.
  • Salary commensurate with experience

To Apply

If this sounds like a perfect fit for your expertise and interest, please email and include a personalized cover letter and your resume. Please include Assistant to the Director in the subject line of the email.

NJCHS Caption Contest 2020

We hope to bring you some holiday cheer this season. Enter our caption contest below!
We have three photos above featuring some of our favorite movie lawyers. Enter a caption for all or any one of the photos for a chance to have your clever and witty remarks featured on our website!

CLE Verification Form

November 18, 2020

Evaluation Form

November 18, 2020 5:00 PM ( PST)| San Francisco, CA (Via Zoom)


Orphan Ann was a disk jockey on Japanese radio during World War II. She was a real person named Iva Toguri. This is her story. This also the story of “Tokyo Rose,” who was not a real person, but a myth—a press invention, later turned political scapegoat. And this is the story of Iva Toguri’s conviction for treason, following a two and a half month jury trial in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. That conviction, as it turned out, was based on perjured testimony extracted by the prosecuting U.S. Attorneys. Finally, and most importantly, this is the ennobling story of a brave and loyal American citizen mistreated by our justice system, and the heroic efforts to defend Iva by lawyers of deep conviction and professional skill working for free to defend an innocent woman.

Please join us for a panel discussion on The Mistrial of Iva Toguri and the Myth of “Tokyo Rose” featuring the Honorable Jon S. Tigar, Professor Charles Wollenberg, attorney Wayne Collins Jr., Professor Naoko Shibusawa, and author Michael Weedall.

Program Partner

The Northern District Historical Society (NDHS) has been protecting and enlivening the rich judicial history of the court since 1977. The goal of the Society is to preserve, share, and enliven the court’s history with lawyers, educators, scholars, and students. To learn more visit their website here.

Date and Time (Virtual Event)

  • Wednesday, November 18, 2020 from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m (PST) plus Q&A Session at the end of Panelist presentation.


Thank you for your incredible support of this program! This program is full, and registration is closed. Visit our YouTube page to view our past programs and sign up for our mailing list below to be the first to know about our upcoming programs. If you have any questions about the event please contact

Joint Membership Special

  • The NJCHS and the NDHS invite you to join their Societies and are offering a JOINT MEMBERSHIP SPECIAL — act now and join BOTH the NJCHS and the NDHS for $100 (normally $110!). Join now by selecting below and you will be enrolled in both Societies! Visit our membership page to learn more about member benefits.

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The Honorable Jon S. Tigar

Judge Tigar has been a District Judge for the Northern District of California since January 2013.  He holds degrees from Williams College and Berkeley Law, where he was an Articles Editor of the California Law Review, and from which he graduated Order of the Coif.  Following a clerkship with the Eleventh Circuit, he was a litigator in San Francisco from 1990-2002, including a two-year stint as a public defender.  He was appointed to the Alameda County Superior Court in 2002, where he served until his transition to the federal bench.  Judge Tigar is a member of the American Law Institute, where he has served as an Adviser to two different Restatements of the Law, and a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation.

Charles Wollenberg

Professor Wollenberg is the former Chair of Social Sciences and Professor of History at Berkeley City College, now retired.  He is the author of a number of books and articles, focusing primarily on California history, including, most relevant here: “Rebel Lawyer: Wayne Collins and the Defense of Japanese American Rights.”

Wayne Collins, Jr.

A practicing attorney in Oakland, Wayne is the son of the “Rebel Lawyer” described so beautifully by Professor Wollenberg (and many others).  He took on some of his father’s work when his father died in 1974, including the continuing defense of Iva Toguri and the eventually successful efforts to obtain President Gerald Ford’s pardon of Iva Toguri in 1977 following the 1976 revelations by Chicago Tribune reporter Ron Yates of the perjured testimony of two key witnesses who testified against Iva.

Naoko Shibusawa

Professor Shibusawa earned her BA in history at UC Berkeley and her MA and PhD degrees from Northwestern University.  She is a 20th Century U.S. cultural historian at Brown University, has garnered numerous fellowships and awards, written several books and numerous articles, many directly relevant to our topic today, including, for example, “Femininity, Race and Treachery: How ‘Tokyo Rose’ Became a Traitor to the United States after the Second World War”.

Michael Weedall

Mike Weedall, Author of “Iva: The True Story of Tokyo Rose.”  Following retirement as Vice-President for Energy Efficiency at the Bonneville Power Administration, Mike returned to his love of real-life stories that reflect upon American culture and values with his first work of historical fiction. After years of researching the tragic events surrounding Iva Toguri, Mike concludes that today’s politics parallel post-war America. Residing in Portland, Oregon, Mike is currently working on his new book documenting the experiences of U.S. Army Nurses during the Korean War.  

Special Acknowledgements

The Historical Society of the US District Court, ND, wishes to thank the following who provided helpful guidance and information in developing this program.

The Asian American Bar Association of New York

The AABANY generously provided to us the full Script of their 2010 presentation:  “The Trial of Tokyo Rose:  United States  v. Iva Toguri D’Aquino” which itself is a fascinating retelling of this important story.

Additionally, AABANY provided to us the slideshow they used that was prepared by the Jury Group.

Dale Minami

Senior Counsel at Minami Tamaki LLP and one of the Bay Area’s most prestigious lawyers with a lifetime of public service.  Dale headed the legal team, for example, that successfully overturned the conviction of Fred Korematsu who defied the World War II internment orders for Japanese Americans.  We leaned on Dale for assistance, among other things, to help us identify our panelists for this program.

Ronald E. Yates

Ron Yates is a retired Professor (and former Dean) of Journalism at the University of Illinois that followed a 25 year career (foreign correspondent, national correspondent and editor) at the Chicago Tribune.  Importantly, Ron’s investigative reportage in a series of 1976 Chicago Tribune articles about the perjured testimony of two key prosecution witnesses at Iva Toguri’s trial led to Iva’s eventual pardon.  Ron has published a trilogy of award-winning novels, among numerous other publications and is working on a book about Iva.  Ron provided invaluable assistance in organizing the substance of this program.

Co – Sponsors

Donald L. Gaffney (1952 – 2020)

The NJCHS Board and community mourn the passing of our esteemed Board member, Don Gaffney. Don was a brilliant lawyer at the Snell & Wilmer firm, where he led the firm’s Bankruptcy Group for over 25 years. But he was so much more than that to the NJCHS, serving on our Board since 2011, and always at the front of the line to lend his time, creative thinking, and support to all of our endeavors.

He was also a genuinely kind, funny and caring person, who will be missed by all of us at the NJCHS!

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October 28, 2020 5:00 PM ( PST)| San Francisco, CA (Via Zoom)