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National CASA Association Judge of the Year

At the heart of every successful CASA/GAL program is a dedicated judge. National CASA Association honors the outstanding contributions of a judge who has furthered the best interests of children through support of the CASA/GAL program.

Eligibility and Criteria


  • Any sitting judge, magistrate, referee or commissioner.
  • The nominee cannot be a current voting member of any CASA/GAL board of directors, including the National CASA Association Board of Trustees.
  • Nominating program must operate in compliance with the Standards for Local CASA/GAL Programs or Standards for State CASA/GAL Organizations.


  • The Judge of the Year should demonstrate leadership and innovation in promoting and supporting the CASA/GAL program within the judicial community, the local community and beyond.
  • The awardee should significantly contribute to the advancement of children’s issues and exemplify exceptional leadership in furthering consistent quality advocacy for children.

Awards and Recognition

The National CASA Association Judge of the Year will be recognized at the 2017 National CASA/GAL Conference Awards Luncheon. The award recipient will receive the following in honor of his or her service and dedication:

  • A $1,500 award presented to the CASA/GAL program that serves the Judge's jurisdiction in honor of the recipient's excellence.
  • One round trip, coach airfare to the National CASA/GAL Conference.
  • Lodging for up to three nights at the conference host hotel.
  • One complimentary registration for the honoree to the National CASA/GAL Conference.
  • An award presented at the awards luncheon.

Nomination Process

Complete the official nomination form below to nominate a judge. Three letters of support addressing the questions below must be emailed to National CASA Association.

All materials must be received by National CASA Association by Friday, December 2, 2016.

Part 1: Nomination Form: Submit the vital information about your nominee — name, address, program affiliation, length of service, and other required information.

Part 2: Letters of Support: Please provide three letters of support from individuals other than the nominator. Letters of support addressing the questions below must be submitted via email and must be received by Friday, December 2, 2016. In each letter of support, respond from the author’s perspective to the questions below. Letters of support may not exceed 1500 words.

  • Why should this judge be named Judge of the Year?
  • How has the judge made significant contributions toward advancing best interest advocacy and exhibited exceptional leadership?
  • How has the judge furthered consistent quality advocacy for children?
  • How has the judge promoted and supported the CASA/GAL program within the judicial community and the local community?
  • Describe the judge’s local, state, and national achievements.
  • Any additional information important for us to consider?

Submit via email using the award category and last name, first initial as the subject line (example: Judge Nomination - Jones, J.). Letter should saved with the same naming convention.

Please Note

  • Any individual affiliated with a member program may nominate a judge.
  • All nomination forms must be submitted using the official nomination form. Faxed or mailed nomination forms will not be accepted.
  • All letters of support must be emailed.

Judge of the Year Nomination Form

Thank you for your interest in the Awards of Excellence. Part 1 of the nomination process includes completion of the official nomination form.

Please be aware that this nomination form must be completed in its entirety in order to be submitted properly.

Please remember to submit any letters of recommendation as required by Part 2 of the nomination process. All nomination information must be received by National CASA Association by December 2, 2016. 

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