Judge Michael Nash received his undergraduate degree from UCLA and his law degree from Loyola Law School in Los Angeles. Prior to being appointed as a Municipal Court Judge in 1985, Judge Nash served as Deputy Attorney General in the criminal division of the California Attorney General’s Office where he handled criminal appeals and trials for over ten years. Judge Nash was elevated to the Superior court in 1989 and has served in the Juvenile Court since 1990. Since 1995 he has served as either Presiding Judge of the Juvenile Court or Supervising Judge of the Juvenile Dependency Court in Los Angeles. In addtion to serving as NCJFCJ President, he is a past member of the California Judicial Council, a member of and past Chair of the Juvenile Court Judges of California (JCJC), a member of the California Judicial Council’s Family and Juvenile Advisory Committee and a member of California’s Blue Ribbon Commission on Children in Foster Care. He is also a member of the California Child Welfare Council and the State Advisory Committee on Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. Judge Nash has received numerous awards including being named Juvenile Court Judge of the Year by the Juvenile Court Judges of California in 1997 and 2006 Judge of the Year by the National CASA Association.