Judicial Endorsements Committee

UPDATE, MAY 2016: If you or someone you know is interested in participating in NCAWA’s judicial endorsement process, please submit the requisite questionnaires. (Please note the due date has passed but the JEC will consider requests for extensions on a case by case basis.)



The NCAWA Judicial Endorsements Committee (JEC) is a registered political action committee which makes non-partisan endorsements and campaign contributions in judicial elections. Every NCAWA member is a member of the JEC PAC unless the member indicates on her annual membership form that she prefers 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.

The JEC evaluates each candidate for a 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. 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 JEC Chair Dionne Fortner.

Interested in making a voluntary contribution to NCAWA Judicial Endorsements Committee (a registered PAC)?

All PAC contributions must be made from personal funds. Please include a separate check for your contribution, written to NCAWA Judicial Endorsement Committee or NCAWA JEC. At this time, the JEC cannot accept credit cards. Please send your donation to the address listed at the top of the screen.


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

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