The Third Branch
Justice Ann Walsh Bradley
Justice Ann Walsh Bradley was re-elected to serve on the Board of Directors of the International Association of Women Judges (IAWJ), a non-profit organization with 4,000 members from 103 nations around the world. Bradley was re-elected to represent the North American region, which is comprised of the U.S., Canada and Mexico.
The election took place in Arusha, Tanzania, during the IAWJ Biennial International Conference. Joining Bradley on the board of directors are judges representing Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Europe, the Middle East, Latin America and the South Pacific.
"The IAWJ does remarkable work on a broad range of issues across the globe related to human rights and access to justice," Bradley said. "It is a privilege to work with this group and I am honored and delighted to have been selected for this leadership role."
At the biennial conference, Bradley introduced a resolution that endorsed human trafficking as an issue of vital concern to the organization. She urged national associations and individual members to consider ways to combat this modern form of slavery by presenting programs to increase awareness of the complicated and often hidden forms of trafficking, including labor trafficking. The resolution passed unanimously.
Bradley has been active in a number of national and international organizations related to the justice system. She was recently elected to the position of vice chair of the Board of Directors of the International Judicial Academy and has served as an international lecturer for the Academy, the United States Department of State, and the American Bar Association's Asia Law Initiative.
More than 500 participants from 36 countries attended the conference.
Judge Mary Triggiano
By Judge Mary Triggiano, Milwaukee County Circuit Court
I was recently invited to attend a conference in one of the most spectacular places in the world –Banff, Alberta Canada. Along with several clinicians from SaintA (formerly Saint Aemilian-Lakeside and Integrated Family Services) in Milwaukee, and support from Casey Family Programs, I attended the Child Trauma Academy's Neurosequential Model Inaugural Symposium Brain Development and Trauma: Implications for Interventions and Policy.
My goals were two-fold: to continue my study of child-hood trauma and brain development and to seek out potential speakers for the Children's Court Improvement Program's 2015 Conference on Child Welfare and the Courts: Moving Toward a Trauma-Informed Wisconsin.
The symposium drew over 400 professionals from across multiple disciplines, highlighting emerging concepts and practices in the areas of trauma-informed care and brain development with a specific focus on the Neurosequential Model.
Bruce D. Perry, M.D., Ph.D., senior fellow of The Child Trauma Academy (CTA), provided daily keynotes. Attendees chose from concurrent presentations related to Early Childhood, Policy/Juvenile Justice, and Education offered by CTA fellows and other invited guest speakers.
Perry spoke passionately about the critical role early developmental experiences play in shaping the child, and ultimately community and culture. He also presented on the Neurosequential Model, which is not a specific therapeutic technique or intervention but a way to organize a child's history and current functioning. Perry describes it as a developmentally-informed, biologically-respectful approach to working with at-risk children.
I had the pleasure of meeting Judge Robert Lowenbach, a retired judge from Colorado and fellow at the Child Trauma Academy, who presented on changing systems to align the "what we know" with " what we do." I also met Dr. Gene Griffin, who presented on creating a trauma-informed juvenile justice system. Both Lowenbach and Griffin's presentations were very compelling.