Chief Executive Officer - Joey Orduna Hastings, JD

In May 1937, a group of juvenile court judges gathered in Indianapolis, Indiana, with a vision of strengthening the juvenile court system. They also formed to provide support, share knowledge, and facilitate an exchange of ideas with their colleagues across the nation. Since then and 80 years later, the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ) has grown from a handful of judges to the oldest judicial membership organization in the country. Although our mission and vision remain true, the NCJFCJ has continuously adapted to the ever-evolving needs of today’s families, which is how this organization has stood strong for eight decades.

I am excited not only to return to the NCJFCJ, but to return to help navigate this organization’s historic 80th anniversary year. I started my career as a model court liaison with the NCJFCJ in 2001. Since that time, I worked with the Second Judicial District Court in Reno as a court administrator / clerk of court, and I held the position of assistant county manager of administration and finance in Washoe County.  Now, I’m back home, where my heart is – improving the court system with the help of the NCJFCJ’s expert staff and leadership.

Of no surprise, the NCJFCJ’s already impressive body of work continues to grow.  I encourage you to peruse this website for its wealth of information as to our cutting edge projects, our top notch publications, and our frontline policy work. I am confident you will be just as impressed with the breadth and quality of the resources this organization continues to produce.

Our leadership has also grown – just take a look at our Board of Directors which continues to expand and diversify to make us all the more effective, along with our various committees, in catalyzing change throughout the country and internationally. We’ve also established the Legacy Ambassador’s Council which will increase national awareness, visibility, and engagement in the work of the NCJFCJ by carrying forward the commitment to building financial support that helps increase our cutting edge training, research, and technical assistance.

We remain committed to our many national partners who are recognized on our website. These partnerships provide an opportunity to strengthen the functions of each organization and the collaborative efforts that positively affect the court system and beyond. These relationships and more on the horizon are integral to helping us carry on our monumental 80-year journey of serving children and families.

We are fortunate to build upon this organization’s 80 years of work and the determination of past judicial leaders, system professionals, expert staff, and past presidents to advance our mission forward.

Consider being part of the NCJFCJ’s 80-year history and significant body of work. If you’re not a member already, join us. NCJFCJ membership is open to any professional with a connection to the judicial court system including court professionals, attorneys, social works, educators, and students. Your continued support and membership makes a difference in the lives of our nation’s most vulnerable citizens.

As your new CEO, I can’t wait to see what the future holds for the NCJFCJ. Together we can continue to make a difference — join our movement today!

Joey Orduna Hastings, JD
jhastings@ncjfcj.org