The Judges' Page newsletter is published by the National CASA Association and the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges.
National CASA CEO Welcomes Judge Peggy Walker to Board
J. Dean Lewis, Judge (retired)
On July 15, 2014, Judge Peggy H. Walker was sworn in as President of the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ). The NCJFCJ and the National CASA Association have an extended collaborative history, The Judges' Page being only one of many joint efforts to encourage judicial leadership in support of abused and neglected children and youth. The President of the NCJFCJ serves as an ex officio member of the National CASA Board.
Michael Piraino, CEO of National CASA, stated: "We are very excited to have Judge Peggy Walker join our Board of Trustees during her tenure as President of NCJFCJ. She has been a strong and consistent supporter of CASA in her home state of Georgia and across the country. She is always a thoughtful voice on behalf of the children we serve. National CASA is proud that the NCJFCJ president serves as an ex officio member of our board—a longstanding expression of the close relationship between our two organizations."
Judge Walker serves as a full time Juvenile Court Judge in Douglas County, Georgia, having served in that capacity since 1998 and as a part time Associate Judge and Judge Pro Tempore since 1990. She graduated from Georgia State University with a Master’s Degree in Education and a Juris Doctorate of Law. In her capacity with the NCJFCJ, she has served on STRYVE (Striving to Reduce Youth Violence Everywhere) Action Council, a national effort to end youth violence. She is a graduate fellow of Zero To Three Class of 2005 and was a Senior Fellow at Emory University in 2008 where she worked with Lila Bradley and Judge Steve Franzen on a manual for judges and practitioners to promote preservation of families. She received a federal partnership grant that funded a Family Drug Treatment Program serving parents with children from birth to age five with substance abuse problems which continues with funding from the state and county. The Douglas County Juvenile Court received federal funding to join Zero To Three Court Teams Project in 2010. Although the funding did not continue as a national project, the work continues at the local level to make certain that infants and toddlers in Douglas County get the best start possible.
Judge Walker has contributed to and collaborated with National CASA by serving on the Judicial Panel at National CASA conferences and in 2014 presenting a workshop entitled "Ethical Issues When Representing Infants and Toddlers". Judge Walker has contributed articles to the FASD and Zero to Three issues of The Judges' Page.
Connie Stephens, Director of the Hall-Dawson CASA Program in Gainesville, Georgia commented: "Judge Walker is a friend of CASA. She supports our work in so many ways. Just to name a few, Judge Walker serves on the State CASA Board of Directors, she presents at state CASA conferences, workshops, and trainings as well as supporting the organization by attending events. Most of all, she promotes our mission of ensuring that each child's well-being is addressed as well as the child's right to a safe and permanent home. She is a friend, mentor and a wonderful human being. Our children are blessed to have her serving on the national level. The nation's children will benefit under Judge Walker's leadership at NCJFCJ and National CASA."
Judge Walker is the personification of judicial leadership, having shown dedication to the success of Children's Voice: CASA, Inc. serving Douglasville, Georgia and Georgia CASA, where she served on the Board of Directors. As President of the NCJFCJ she now has an opportunity to bring her voice to the National CASA Board.
Sybil Turner, Quality Assurance Specialist at the National CASA Association, recently interviewed Judge Walker. In this podcast, Judge Walker discusses the relationship between NCJFCJ and National CASA and shares her expertise on working with infants and toddlers, brain science and judicial leadership involving abused and neglected children.
CHILD AND FAMILY LAW COURTS MEET BRAIN SCIENCE
This 5-minute video, narrated by NCJFCJ President Judge Peggy Walker, depicts a call to action for the legal community to learn as much as possible about brain science to make sure our law and policy are aligned with the focus on the latest information for building the capabilities of caregivers and strengthening the communities that together form the environment of relationships essential to children's lifelong learning, health, and behavior.
Editor's Note: Resources mentioned in the podcast:
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