2010 National CASA Association Judge of the Year: Hon. Robert Brutinel

Hon. Robert BrutinelEach year, National CASA recognizes a judge whose innovative and exceptional leadership creates positive solutions for the vulnerable children who appear before him. In 2010, this honor went to Judge Robert Brutinel of the Yavapai County Superior Court in Prescott, AZ.

Judge Robert Brutinel has championed the best interests of children since 1996. His concern for the children in his state is clear. For example, in association with Prevent Child Abuse Arizona, Judge Brutinel was a driving force in establishing the Best for Babies Initiative in 2004. Through this effort, medical, behavioral health and educational assessments are now based on a better understanding of the needs of infants and toddlers entering foster care. This is but one of many local, regional and statewide initiatives he has led that have resulted in improved outcomes for children.

In accepting his award, Judge Brutinel expressed the following sentiments about the work of CASA volunteers:

"When I think about CASA volunteers—in addition to all the hard work, in addition to learning about the system, in addition to holding judges and the system accountable for how the system works—I think about consistency. Since I’ve been a juvenile court judge for almost 15 years now, everybody’s changed. Nobody that I started with is still in the juvenile system. We see new case managers all the time. Treatment professionals change. The one constant I see in children’s lives is the CASA."

 

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