Speaker Date Topic
Elisa Lees Muñoz Sep 19, 2018
Executive Director, International Women's Media Foundation
Executive Director, International Women's Media Foundation

Elisa Lees Muñoz is the Executive Director of the International Women’s Media Foundation (IWMF) which supports women journalists in developing their careers. IWMF recognizes the tremendous contribution of women journalists through the annual Courage in Journalism and Lifetime Achievement Awards and the Courage in Photojournalism Award. Elisa is charged with expanding the IWMF’s programs into new geographies; introducing new initiatives such as Hostile Environments and First Aid Training (HEFAT); partnering with other organizations; and driving communications and outreach to our core constituents. Her support, and that of IWMF, were essential to the effort by Club members to bring the World Press Photo exhibition to Washington DC last year. In June of this year the IWMF received the prestigious Atlantic Council Freedom Award for its work on behalf of women journalists and its support of the principle that the press cannot truly be free without the equal voice of women.

Elisa has been a human rights activist since graduating from the University of Maryland with an MA degree in International Relations. Before joining the IWMF as Director of Programs, Elisa lead the Crimes of War Education Project and before that monitored the human rights of scientists for the American Association for the Advancement of Science and served as an election monitor for the OSCE in the Balkans.

Atlantic Council freedom award presentation: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5RFi81PPIqE
Video related to WPP: https://vimeo.com/239495390

A.J. Kramer Sep 26, 2018
Federal Public Defender for the District of Columbia
Federal Public Defender for the District of Columbia

A.J. KRAMER has been the Federal Public Defender for the District of Columbia since 1990. He was the Chief Assistant Federal Public Defender in Sacramento, California, from and an Assistant Federal Public Defender in San Francisco, California, from 1980-1987. He was a law clerk the Honorable Procter Hug, Jr., United States Court of Appeals the Ninth Circuit, Reno, Nevada, from 1979-1980. Mr. Kramer received a B.A. from Stanford University in 1975, and a J.D. from Hall School of Law at the University of California at Berkeley. He taught Legal Research and Writing at Hastings Law School. He is a permanent faculty member of the National Criminal Defense College in Macon, Georgia, and was a permanent faculty member of the Western Trial Advocacy Institute in Laramie, Wyoming. He is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. He is a member of the Department of Defense Advisory Committee on the Prosecution, and Defense of Sexual Assault Cases, the United States Judicial Conference Advisory Committee on Evidence Rules, and the ABA Criminal Justice Section Council. He was a member of the National Academy of Sciences Committee on Scientific Approaches to Understanding and Maximizing the Validity and Reliability of Eyewitness Identification in Law Enforcement and the Courts. In December he received the Annice M. Wagner Pioneer Award from the Bar Association of the District of Columbia.