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October 13, 2017
The National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ) congratulates Pennsylvania family court Judge Kim Berkeley Clark, who has been named the recipient of the 2017 William H. Rehnquist Award for Judicial Excellence, the highest honor bestowed to a state court judge by the National Center for State Courts (NCSC). Judge Clark has earned a national reputation for transforming the way...
August 31, 2017
The National Judicial College, a partner of the NCJFCJ, is hosting a free webinar on the Indian Child Welfare Act's impact on court custody and decisions, specific for general and limited jurisdiction judges. The Indian Child Welfare Act's Impact on State Court Custody Decisions September 6, 2017 at 9 a.m. EST / Noon PST The Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) is a federal law that Congress passed...
August 21, 2017
The National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ) passed a resolution supporting the commitment to juvenile probation systems that conform to the latest knowledge of adolescent brain development. Current research on adolescent brain development is key in juvenile and family court judges’ understanding, anticipating and responding to the behavior of adolescents by holding them...
August 17, 2017
The National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ), in partnership with the National Juvenile Defender Center and the State Justice Institute, recently released two bench cards: one with principles and best practices to ensure that LGBTQ-GNC people in the courtroom are treated with respect, and one addressing adolescent development in delinquency proceedings. The bench card, Access...
August 16, 2017
In 2016, the Children’s Bureau/U.S. Department of Health and Human Services launched the national Quality Improvement Center on Domestic Violence in Child Welfare (QIC-DVCW) to test interventions to improve how child welfare agencies and their partners work with families experiencing domestic violence. Become a Research and Capacity Building Project The QIC-DVCW announces an opportunity to apply...
August 7, 2017
The National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ) recently passed a resolution at its 80th Annual Conference in Washington, D.C. addressing the needs and issues of homeless youth and families in juvenile and family courts. The NCJFCJ recognizes that juvenile court judges have a responsibility and leadership role in their communities to care for and protect youth within their...
August 3, 2017
The National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ) has elected the Honorable Lori A. Dumas of the First Judicial District, Court of Common Pleas, Family Division in Philadelphia, Penn. to its Board of Directors. As a judge who has served on the bench for more than 12 years, Judge Dumas is a consummate advocate for children, always aiming to render decisions that serve the “best...
July 31, 2017
The Honorable Egan Walker of the Second Judicial District Court, Family Division, Washoe County, has been elected to the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ) as secretary of the board of directors. He has served on the NCJFCJ board for two years. “It is a great honor to be elected as secretary of the NCJFCJ by my peers,” said Judge Walker. “I am very proud to continue my...
July 28, 2017
The Honorable John Romero, Jr. of the Second Judicial District Court, Children’s Court Division in Albuquerque, N.M. will become president of the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ) next July 2018. He will be the first president representing New Mexico in the organization’s 81 years. The NCJFCJ Board of Directors recently elected Judge Romero as president-elect, after...
July 21, 2017
The National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ) announced two honorees of the 3rd annual Justice Innovation Awards recognizing the national Innovator of the Year and the Impact of the Year recipients: the Honorable Timothy Connors of the 22nd Circuit Court in Washtenaw County, Mich. and the Latin American Youth Center in Washington, D.C. The honorees were recognized at the...

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