Member Spotlight

The NCJFCJ is proud to have more than 1,700 members, representing all 50 states and several territories and countries, who are leaders in their respective communities doing admirable work to improve the lives of children and families in the justice system. Here, we recognize and applaud your accomplishments. If you have an announcement for yourself or a fellow member, please contact Marianna Kacyra at (775) 507-4844 or

Spring 2015

Judge Anthony Capizzi, OH
Hear how Judge Capizzi helped the Internet's "Shovel Girl" change her life.

Judge Deborah Schumacher, NV
Nevada Women's Fund to honor Judge Deborah Schumacher (ret.).

Winter 2015

Judge Sallyanne Floria, NJ
Named Assignment Judge of Essex Vicinage

Fall 2014

Judge Sheri Capes Roberts, GA
Receives one of four prestigious Champions for Change awards for juvenile justice leaders from the MacArthur Foundation 

Judge Raquel Montoya-Lewis
Appointed by Washington Governor Inslee to the Whatcom County Superior Court

Judge Frank Sullivan, Las Vegas, NV
Blue Ribbon Panel on Child Welfare Convenes

Judge Michael Nash, Los Angeles, CA
Judge Michael Nash Eyes Child Protection's Bully Pulpit

Judge Dean Rucker, Midland, TX
Gov. Perry Reappoints Rucker as Presiding Judge of the 7th Administrative Judicial Region

Judge Lynn Tepper, Dade City, FL
Trauma-informed judges take gentler approach to stop cycle of ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experiences)

Judge Denise Navarre Cubbon, Toledo, OH
Sept. 10th Briefing, Washington, DC -Building Safe and Strong Communities: A Conversation about Community-Based Alternatives for Juvenile Justice-Involved Youth


Judge Douglas Johnson, Omaha, NE
Elected to the Executive Council of the Omaha Bar Association


Judge Jeffrey Kremers, Milwaukee, WI
Featured in National Bulletin on Domestic Violence Prevention


Judge Michael Nash, Los Angeles, CA
Accolades from U.S. Congressman Tony Cárdenas on floor of the House of Representatives & Honored with Distinguished Service Award - Richard D. Huffman Justice for Children & Families Award


Judge William G. Jones (Ret.), Raleigh, NC
Honored by the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts


Judge Dean Rucker, Midland, TX 
Honored with the Samuel Pessarra Outstanding Jurist of the Year Award by the Texas Bar Foundation


Spring 2014

Judge William J. Burris
Judge Burris received the Louisiana CASA Judge of the Year award on April 15 in a ceremony at the Capital Park Welcome Center in Baton Rouge, La. in recognition of his significant contribution to the advancement of children's issues.

Judge Kim D. Eaton
Allegheny County Family Court Judge Kim D. Eaton of Pa. was honored with the Judge James R. McGregor Award for Exceptional Contributions to the Community from Amen Corner at the organization's annual Judicial Reception.

Judge Linda Teodosio
Earlier this month, Summit County Juvenile Court Judge Linda Teodosio of Ohio was the 2014 recipient of the Sir Thomas Award. This award recognizes Teodosio as a member of their local legal community who has distinguised themselves in their professional and personal lives. 

Judge A. Ellen White
On April 24, Judge A. Ellen White of the Campbell County Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court, 24th Judicial District of Virginia, was the recipient of the 2014 Family Law Service Award presented by the Virginia State Bar's Family Law Section. 


The Administration on Children, Youth and Families Commissioner's Award honors one person from each state for his or her exceptional contribution to the prevention and treatment of child abuse and neglect. The recipients are advocates and leaders who have made a difference. They were honored at the 19th National Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect.

The NCJFCJ is proud to call two of the 2014 Commissioner's Award honorees as members:

Judge Marshall Murray - Wisconsin
Judge Murray served as Presiding Judge in Milwaukee County Children's Court from 2009 to 2012, promoting close collaboration between the Milwaukee court and child welfare systems. Under his leadership, the court developed and implemented a number of innovative improvements, such as a more comprehensive assessment process. This process lead to better decision making on the part of the court, as well as implemented the settlement conference in order to move cases to disposition more quickly. Judge Murray's entire career has been devoted to improving systems that impact the lives of Wisconsin's most vulnerable citizens.  

Judge Deborah Schumacher - Nevada
Judge Schumacher of Washoe County District Court-Family Division acts as lead judge of the district's Model Court Project in the area of improving the handling of foster care cases. Founder of the district's Juvenile Drug Court, she currently presides over Family Drug Court. Through her leadership and clear direction together with her high standard for dependency cases, the compassionate and fair Judge Schumacher has contributed significantly to the well being for children and families of Washoe County in Nevada.  

Winter 2014

Judge Peggy Walker
Beginning last month, Judge Peggy Walker promoted change in policies and practices to prevent and treat childhood trauma through conferences in four different regions throughout Georgia. Walker gave the keynote address at her first conference, Georgia Summit on Complex Trauma, held on Jan. 10, to more than 400 participants. 

Judge Michael Nash
On Jan. 22, Judge Michael Nash received the Child Welfare Leader Award – Lifetime Achievement from Casey Family Programs at the Casey Excellence for Children Awards recognizing individuals making a difference in the lives of vulnerable children and families across America.

Judge Darlene Byrne
Judge Darlene Byrne (center)was the recipent of the 2nd Annual Phyllis Richards Austin Icon for Children Award in Texas. As the lead Child Protective Services (CPS) judge since 2007, Byrne has held approximately 8,500 hearings and acted as the person ultimately responsible for 1,100 CPS children under court jurisdiction.

October 2013

Judge William E. Gladstone is being honored by County commissioners who voted unanimously to name the new Miami-Dade Children's Courthouse in his honor. Click here to read more.

Judge Steven Teske, NCJFCJ Board of Trustees member and Clayton County Juvenile Court Judge, graduated from the Council of State Governments Toll Fellows Program.

Judge Joan Byer was chosen for the Outstanding Judge Award by the Citizen Foster Care Review Board (CFCRB). Judge Byer was honored during a luncheon October 25 at the CFCRB's regional training in Elizabethtown, Kentucky.

September 2013

Judge Karen Ashbyhas been appointed by Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper to the Colorado Court of Appeals. Judge Ashby has served as the Presiding Judge of the Juvenile Court of Denver, Colorado and has served as a member of the NCJFCJ Board of Trustees, a Model Court Lead Judge and served on a number of NCJFCJ committees during her tenure on the bench.