Archive for August, 2012

August 25, 2012

Alternative Dispute Resolution

[Related material available under VIDEO CLIPS]

ADR in Juvenile Dependency Cases
Summer 2013, The Bench, the official magazine of the California Judges Association

Moving Cases from Juvenile to Family Court: How Mediation Can Help
536 UC Davis Journal of Juvenile Law & Policy Vol. 16:2 (Summer 2012)

Guidelines for Child Protection Mediation
2012, Association of Family and Conciliation Courts

Child Protection Mediation – A 25-Year Perspective
January 2009, Family Court Review

Effective Child Protection Mediation and Domestic Violence
October, 2008, Judge’s Page Newsletter, National CASA Association

Juvenile Court Corner: Dependency Mediation in Child Protection Cases
Summer 2008, The Bench, the official magazine of the California Judges Association

Comments on the Miller Commission Report: A California Perspective
Summer 2007, vol 27, no 4, Pace Law Review, 101

The Transition to Group Decision Making in Child Protection Cases: Obtaining Better Results for Children and Families
Winter 2007, Juvenile and Family Court Journal

The Mediation Miracle
Spring 2006, California Courts Review

Mediation in Child Protection Cases
2004, Journal of the Center for Families, Children & the Courts

Mediation in Juvenile Dependency Court: Multiple Perspectives
Fall 2002, Juvenile and Family Court Journal

Domestic Violence and Mediation: A Dialogue

Part 1: A COMMENT ON WILLIAM J. HOWE AND HUGH MCISAAC’S ARTICLE “FINDING THE BALANCE” PUBLISHED IN THE JANUARY 2008 ISSUE OF FAMILY COURT REVIEW by Hon. Leonard Edwards, Steve Baron, and George Ferrick
This article is a response to an article written by William Howe and Hugh McIsaac that questions their recommendations that court-based mediation not be used when certain types of persons appear in court. We assert that it will be very difficult for the court to identify these people. Further, we argue that mediation practice has advanced so far that even these persons (those with serious issues of domestic violence, substance abuse, and mental health) should be given an opportunity to participate in mediation before being referred to the adversarial court process.

Part 2: RESPONSE by William J. Howe and Hugh McIsaac
This is a response to “A Comment on William J. Howe and Hugh McIsaac’s Article ‘Finding the Balance’

Part 3:  SURREPLY by Hon. Leonard Edwards, Steve Baron, and George Ferrick
This is a follow-up to our previous “Comment” responding to an article by William How and Hugh McIsaac.

August 25, 2012

CASA

[Related material available under VIDEO CLIPS]

Judicial Leadership and CASA/GAL Programs
Spring 2016, The Judges’ Page Newsletter, The National CASA Association

Promotional Video produced by CASA of Santa Cruz (2015, 5:48 min)

 

Ethical Issues Involving Juvenile Court Judges and CASA
Judge Leonard Edwards and Cory Pohley, Director, California CASA
December 3, 2013, delivered at Beyond the Bench, Anaheim, CA

CASA Programs and Judicial Ethics
July 2013, The Judges’ Page Newsletter, The National CASA Association

Books Every CASA Library Should Have

The Judicial Role in Creating and Supporting CASA/GAL Programs

Starting a CASA Program in Israel
Winter 2011, The Bench, the official magazine of the California Judges Association

Juvenile Court Corner: Why is CASA So Important For Our Juvenile Courts?
Summer 2009, The Bench, the official magazine of the California Judges Association

Court Improvement in Child Abuse and Neglect Cases: A Historical Perspective
March 2011, Judge’s Page Newsletter, National CASA Association

Effective Child Protection Mediation and Domestic Violence
October, 2008, Judge’s Page Newsletter, National CASA Association

CASA Volunteers and the Education of Foster Children
June 2005, Judge’s Page Newsletter, National CASA Association

Video: Improving Outcomes for Children in Child Protection Cases: The Role of the Child Advocate

August 25, 2012

Court Improvement

Juvenile Court Corner: Reasonable Efforts and Timely Adoptions
Fall 2017, The Bench, the official magazine of the California Judges Association

Download PowerPoint file: Judicial Oversight—The Role of Judges in Congregate Care Reform, slide presentation by Judge Leonard Edwards (ret.), Santa Clara County, California and Judge Michael Nash (ret.), Los Angeles County, California

How To Improve Outcomes For Abused And Neglected Children: Engaging Relatives Early
Summer 2016, The Bench, the official magazine of the California Judges Association

Improving State Court-Tribal Court Relations
Summer 2015, The Bench, the official magazine of the California Judges Association

Juvenile Record Sealing Doesn’t Work: Here’s How to Fix
Winter 2015, The Bench, the official magazine of the California Judges Association

Juvenile Court Corner, Mental Health Issues in Dependency Court
Fall 2014, The Bench, the official magazine of the California Judges Association

Juvenile Court Corner, Reasonable Efforts to Prevent Removal: An Important New Case
Summer 2014, The Bench, the official magazine of the California Judges Association

Juvenile Court Corner, Parental Visitation in Child Protection Cases
Winter 2014, The Bench, the official magazine of the California Judges Association

Working with Your Director of Children’s Services
Winter 2014, The Bench, the official magazine of the California Judges Association

ADR in Juvenile Dependency Cases
Summer 2013, The Bench, the official magazine of the California Judges Association

Domestic Violence & Reasonable Efforts At The Detention Hearing
Winter 2013, The Bench, the official magazine of the California Judges Association

Establishing Paternity Promptly in Juvenile Dependency Court
Autumn 2012, The Bench, the official magazine of the California Judges Association

Representation of Parents and Children in Abuse and Neglect Cases: The Importance of Early Appointment
Summer 2012, The Bench, the official magazine of the California Judges Association

Representation of Parents and Children in Abuse and Neglect Cases: The Importance of Early Appointment
Spring 2012, Juvenile Family Court Journal 

Reasonable Efforts
Summer 2011, The Bench, the official magazine of the California Judges Association

Intake Decisions and the Juvenile Court System
Spring 2011, Juvenile and Family Justice Today

Court Improvement in Child Abuse and Neglect Cases: A Historical Perspective
November 2011, National CASA Association

Interim Hearings
Autumn 2009, The Bench, the official magazine of the California Judges Association

Juvenile Court Corner: Blue Ribbon Commission (We’ve Come a Long Way Baby)
Autumn 2008, The Bench, the official magazine of the California Judges Association

Juvenile Court Corner: Judicial Rotation–One Judge-One Family
Spring 2008, The Bench, the official magazine of the California Judges Association

The Juvenile Court Corner: Court Improvement and the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges
Winter 2008, The Bench, the official magazine of the California Judges Association

Comments on the Miller Commission Report: A California Perspective
Summer 2007, vol 27, no 4, Pace Law Review, 101

Judicial Oversight of Parental Visitation in Family Reunification Cases
Summer 2003, Juvenile and Family Court Journal

Improving Juvenile Dependency Courts: 23 Steps
November 1997, Juvenile and Family Court Journal

Corporal Punishment and the Legal System
1996, 36 Santa Clara L. Rev. 983

Who Speaks for the Child?
1995, 2 University of Chicago Roundtable 68

Appendix C: Improving Implementation of the Federal Adoption Assistance and Child Welfare Act of 1980
1989

Dealing with Parent and Child in Serious Abuse Cases
August 1983,  Juvenile and Family Court Journal

The Significance of Juvenile Records
February 1979,  Juvenile and Family Court Journal

August 25, 2012

Domestic Violence

Useful Link: The Santa Clara County Domestic Violence Council

Domestic Violence & Reasonable Efforts At The Detention Hearing
Winter 2013, The Bench, the official magazine of the California Judges Association

“The Greenbook”
This booklet, “Effective Intervention in Domestic Violence and Child Maltreatment: Guidelines for Policy and Practice,” (known as “The Greenbook”) was published by the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges.  It addresses the best practices for dealing with child abuse and neglect cases when issues of domestic violence are present.  The chapter on the courts (pages 90-112) are particularly relevant to juvenile and family court judges

Effective Child Protection Mediation and Domestic Violence
October 2008, Judge’s Page Newsletter, National CASA Association

Judicial Oversight of Parental Visitation in Family Reunification Cases
Summer 2003, Juvenile and Family Court Journal

Reducing Family Violence: The Role of the Family Violence Council
1992

Domestic Violence and Mediation: A Dialogue

Part 1: A COMMENT ON WILLIAM J. HOWE AND HUGH MCISAAC’S ARTICLE “FINDING THE BALANCE” PUBLISHED IN THE JANUARY 2008 ISSUE OF FAMILY COURT REVIEW by Hon. Leonard Edwards, Steve Baron, and George Ferrick
This article is a response to an article written by William Howe and Hugh McIsaac that questions their recommendations that court-based mediation not be used when certain types of persons appear in court. We assert that it will be very difficult for the court to identify these people. Further, we argue that mediation practice has advanced so far that even these persons (those with serious issues of domestic violence, substance abuse, and mental health) should be given an opportunity to participate in mediation before being referred to the adversarial court process.

Part 2: RESPONSE by William J. Howe and Hugh McIsaac
This is a response to “A Comment on William J. Howe and Hugh McIsaac’s Article ‘Finding the Balance’

Part 3:  SURREPLY by Hon. Leonard Edwards, Steve Baron, and George Ferrick
This is a follow-up to our previous “Comment” responding to an article by William How and Hugh McIsaac.

August 25, 2012

Drug & Other Specialty Courts

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Inside the secret court that helps victims of drug abuse keep their families together, article on the London Family Drug and Alcohol Court (FDAC), which has been pioneering a new approach to child protection cases in which one or both parents have drug or alcohol problems.

News: Family Drug and Alcohol Court to be nationwide
Feb. 18, 2015, Family Law Week, UK

Family Drug Courts: A Best Practice That Works
March 2015, California Collaborative Justice Courts Foundation website

Just published—Over 20 articles concerning Family Drug Treatment Courts
Summer 2014, The Judges’ Page Newsletter, The National CASA Association

Ethical Issues in the Family Drug Treatment Court
Winter 2013, Juvenile and Family Court Journal

Sanctions in Family Drug Treatment Courts
Winter 2010, Juvenile and Family Court Journal

Judicial Perspectives on Family Drug Treatment Courts
Summer 2005, Juvenile and Family Court Journal

Juvenile Mental Health Court: Rationale and Protocols
Fall 2001, Juvenile and Family Court Journal

August 25, 2012

Engaging the Family

Video: Reluctant Mother: a courtroom dramatization

How To Improve Outcomes For Abused And Neglected Children: Engaging Relatives Early
Summer 2016, The Bench, the official magazine of the California Judges Association

Placing Children with Relatives
Autumn 2011, The Bench, the official magazine of the California Judges Association

Relative Placement in Child Protective Cases: A Judicial Perspective
Spring 2010, Juvenile and Family Court Journal

Engaging Fathers in the Child Protection Process: The Judicial Role
Spring 2009, Juvenile and Family Court Journal

Juvenile Court Corner: Engaging Fathers in the Child Custody Process
Winter 2009, The Bench, the official magazine of the California Judges Association

Family Finding From a Judicial Perspective
October 2008, The Judges Page Newsletter, The National CASA Association

The Transition to Group Decision Making in Child Protection Cases: Obtaining Better Results for Children and Families
Winter 2007, Juvenile and Family Court Journal

Finding Foster Kids’ Families Must Become Our Mandate
April 14, 2005, The San Jose Mercury News

Attachment, Bonding, and Reciprocal Connectedness: Limitation of the Attachment Theory in the Juvenile and Family Court
2000, Journal of the Center for Families, Children & the Courts (CFCC)

August 25, 2012

Family Court

Why Should Indian Children be Treated Differently?
The NACC Guardian, Vol 38 · No 06 (August 2016), a publication of the National Association of Counsel for Children.

Attacks on implementation of the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) have recently been in the headlines. Several critics of the ICWA have stated that Indian Children should not be treated differently in child welfare and adoption proceedings.

Despite these attacks, there are compelling reasons why the ICWA should be fully implemented. This article outlines some of the reasons for full implementation and argues that there are important reasons why Native American children should receive special treatment in the courts.

Comments on the Miller Commission Report: A California Perspective
Summer 2007, vol 27, no 4, Pace Law Review, 101

The Relationship of Family and Juvenile Courts in Child Abuse Cases
Spring 1987, Santa Clara Law Review—Volume 27

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August 25, 2012

Improving Outcomes for Foster Youth

Juvenile Court Corner: Reasonable Efforts and Timely Adoptions
Fall 2017, The Bench, the official magazine of the California Judges Association

Juvenile Court Corner: Children Of Incarcerated Mothers
Summer 2017, The Bench, the official publication of the California Judges Association
Children of incarcerated mothers do not fare well. As a community we should attempt to make it possible for these children to have more and better quality contact with their parents.

Download PowerPoint file: Judicial Oversight—The Role of Judges in Congregate Care Reform, slide presentation by Judge Leonard Edwards (ret.), Santa Clara County, California Judge Michael Nash (ret.), Los Angeles County, California

County needs to help kids whose moms are in jail
Editorial by Leonard Edwards and Susan Eilenberg, who is a trustee of the San Jose Unified School District and member of the Santa Clara County Commission on the Status of Women. They wrote this for the San Jose Mercury News, February 3, 2017. (See the response.)

Aging Out of Foster Care…And Into College
Spring 2009, Juvenile and Family Justice Today

Finding Foster Kids’ Families Must Become Our Mandate
April 14, 2005, The San Jose Mercury News

What’s Best For Children From Violent Homes?
February 16, 2001, The Charlotte Observer

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August 25, 2012

Judicial Ethics

Ethical Problems Involving Judicial Fundraising
Spring 2014, The Bench, the official magazine of the California Judges Association

CASA Programs and Judicial Ethics
July 2013, The Judges’ Page Newsletter, The National CASA Association

Ethical Issues in the Family Drug Treatment Court
Winter 2013, Juvenile and Family Court Journal

Ethical Challenges for the Juvenile Court Judge
Winter 2011, Juvenile and Family Court Journal

August 25, 2012

Juvenile Court Judges of California

Juvenile Court Corner: The History of the Juvenile Court Judges of California: A Twenty Year Perspective
Spring 2009, The Bench, the official magazine of the California Judges Association

Protecting Children and Reuniting Families: History of Juvenile Dependency Court in Santa Clara County
January 2009, publication of the Bench & Bar Historical Society of Santa Clara County and the Santa Clara Superior Court Historical Committee

 

August 25, 2012

Juvenile Delinquency

Mentors Crucial to Curb Recidivism for Youths, published in the Juvenile Justice Information Exchange (JJIE), a publication covering juvenile justice and related issues nationally on a consistent, daily basis (also as downloadable PDF).
It has been said that all a child needs is one caring adult in order to become a success in life. When a child is removed from home because of parental abuse or neglect or the child’s delinquent behavior, often the best path to a successful life involves one caring adult who acts as a mentor and a guide. If this is true, it contains an important message for juvenile court judges and for the attorneys and other professionals who children meet.

Access Denied: A National Snapshot of States’ Failure to Protect Children’s Right to Counsel (May 2017)
A new publication of the National Juvenile Defender Center (NJDL)

One Caring Adult
Winter  2017, The Bench, the official magazine of the California Judges Association

Juvenile Court Corner: Arranging Your Courtroom to be a More Effective Judge
Spring 2017, The Bench, the official magazine of the California Judges Association

Download PowerPoint file: Judicial Oversight—The Role of Judges in Congregate Care Reform, slide presentation by Judge Leonard Edwards (ret.), Santa Clara County, California Judge Michael Nash (ret.), Los Angeles County, California

Are Children Simply Small Adults?
Autumn 2013, The Juvenile Court Corner of The Bench, the official magazine of the California Judges Association

The Case for Abolishing Fitness Hearings In Juvenile Court
17 Santa Clara Law Review 595 (1977)

A Study of Juvenile Record Sealing Practices in California
4 Pepperdine Law Review 543 (1976-1977)

August 25, 2012

Keynote Speeches

Remarks of Judge Leonard Edwards at the Presentation of the William H. Rehnquist Award for Judicial Excellence, U.S. Supreme Court, Washington, D.C., November 18, 2004

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August 25, 2012

Representing Children and Parents in Court

Representation of Parents and Children in Abuse and Neglect Cases: The Importance of Early Appointment
Spring 2012, Juvenile and Family Court Journal (17 pages)

Representation of Parents and Children in Abuse and Neglect Cases: The Importance of Early Appointment
Summer 2012, The Bench, the official magazine of the California Judges Association (3 pages)

Who Speaks for the Child?
1995, 2 University of Chicago Roundtable 68

A Comprehensive Approach to the Representation of Children: The Child Advocacy Coordinating Council
1993-194, 27 Family Law Quarterly 417

August 25, 2012

The Role of the Juvenile Court Judge

Judicial Leadership in the Juvenile Court
November 4, 2013, National Council on Crime & Delinquency Blog

The Unique Role of the Juvenile Court Judge
This is the introduction to Judge Edwards most recent book, The Role of the Juvenile Court Judge: Practice and Ethics.   While it focuses on California law, it is generally applicable to juvenile court judges in all states.
[See a brief video interview on this topic.]

Key Principles for Permanency Planning for Children
July 23, 2011, National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ)

Ethical Challenges for the Juvenile Court Judge
Winter 2011, Juvenile and Family Court Journal

Some Thoughts on Judicial Leadership
Fall 2006, Juvenile and Family Justice Today

The Role of the Juvenile Court Judge Revisited
Winter 2005, Juvenile and Family Court Journal

The Juvenile Court and the Role of the Juvenile Court Judge
1992, Juvenile & Family Court Journal

August 25, 2012

Running the Juvenile Court

Juvenile Court Corner: Reasonable Efforts and Timely Adoptions
Fall 2017, The Bench, the official magazine of the California Judges Association

Juvenile Court Corner: Arranging Your Courtroom to be a More Effective Judge
Spring 2017, The Bench, the official magazine of the California Judges Association

Should Judges Ask Questions? The Enquiring Magistrate
Fall 2016, The Bench, the official magazine of the California Judges Association

Drug Exposed Infants: Perplexing Social and Legal Issues
(Graphic version of article)
Spring 2016, The Bench, the official magazine of the California Judges Association

Juvenile Court Corner: Congregate Care for Children
Winter 2016, The Bench, the official magazine of the California Judges Association

Juvenile Court Corner: Placement with a Non-Custodial Parent
Fall 2015, The Bench, the official magazine of the California Judges Association

“Active Efforts” and “Reasonable Efforts”: Do They Mean the Same Thing?
Spring 2015, The Bench, the official magazine of the California Judges Association

Juvenile Record Sealing Doesn’t Work: Here’s How to Fix
Winter 2015, The Bench, the official magazine of the California Judges Association

Juvenile Court Corner: Reasonable Efforts to Prevent Removal: An Important New Case
Summer 2014, The Bench, the official magazine of the California Judges Association

Juvenile Court Corner: Parental Visitation in Child Protection Cases
Winter 2014, The Bench, the official magazine of the California Judges Association

Working with Your Director of Children’s Services
Winter 2014, The Bench, the official magazine of the California Judges Association

Juvenile Record Sealing: The Q&A of Policy and Practice
Oct 18, 2012, Dui Hua Human Rights Journal

Establishing Paternity Promptly in Juvenile Dependency Court
Autmun 2012, The Bench, the official magazine of the California Judges Association

Moving Cases from Juvenile to Family Court: How Mediation Can Help
536 UC Davis Journal of Juvenile Law & Policy Vol. 16:2 (Summer 2012)

How to Tackle the Problems Involved When a Case Moves from Juvenile to Family Court
Spring 2012, The Bench, the official magazine of the California Judges Association

Representation of Parents and Children in Abuse and Neglect Cases: The Importance of Early Appointment
Spring 2012,  Juvenile Family Court Journal 

Resasonable Efforts
Summer 2011, The Bench, the official magazine of the California Judges Association

Intake Decisions and the Juvenile Court System
Spring 2011, Juvenile and Family Justice Today

Psychotropic Medications
Spring 2011, The Bench, the official magazine of the California Judges Association

Intake Decisions and the Juvenile Court System
Autumn 2010, The Bench, the official magazine of the California Judges Association

Let’s End the Secrecy in Juvenile Court
Summer 2010, The Bench, the official magazine of the California Judges Association

Interim Hearings
Autumn 2009, The Bench, the official magazine of the California Judges Association

The Impact of Judicial Behavior in Juvenile Court Proceedings
Winter 2009, Juvenile and Family Justice Today

Juvenile Court Corner: Judicial Rotation–One Judge-One Family
Spring 2008, The Bench, the official magazine of the California Judges Association

Reasonable Efforts: A Judicial Perspective
October 2007, The Judges’ Page Newsletter, The National CASA Association

Achieving Timely Permanency in Child Protection Courts: The Importance of Frontloading the Court Process
Spring 2007, Juvenile and Family Court Journal

Confidentiality and the Juvenile and Family Courts
Winter 2004, Juvenile and Family Court Journal

The Relationship of Family and Juvenile Courts in Child Abuse Cases
Spring 1987, Santa Clara Law Review—Volume 27

Dealing with Parent and Child in Serious Abuse Cases
August 1983,  Juvenile and Family Court Journal

The Role of the District Attorney in Juvenile Court: Is the Juvenile Court Becoming Just Like Adult Court?
1979, Juvenile and Family Court Journal

The Significance of Juvenile Records
February 1979,  Juvenile and Family Court Journal

A Study of Juvenile Record Sealing Practices in California
Pepperdine Law Review 543 (1976-1977)

The Defense Attorney at the Dispositional – the need for a social worker
December/January—1976–77, NLADA Briefcase

August 25, 2012

Significant Cases

This case law review was presented to the Assigned Judges at their conference in October, 2017.
Assigned Judges Juvenile Case Law Review (2016–2017)

This is a trial court decision concerning whether a child can determine the medical treatment she will receive.  It was publicized all over the world.
In re D.P., Superior Court of California for Santa Clara County (July 3, 1986)

This is the only time a jury has been convened in a juvenile delinquency case in California.
People v Superior Court (In re Carl W.), 15 Cal.3d 271 (1975) [Available online from California Official Reports Page]

August 25, 2012

Working in the Community

Juvenile Court Corner: Children Of Incarcerated Mothers
Summer 2017, The Bench, the official publication of the California Judges Association
Children of incarcerated mothers do not fare well. As a community we should attempt to make it possible for these children to have more and better quality contact with their parents.

County needs to help kids whose moms are in jail
Editorial by Leonard Edwards and Susan Eilenberg, who is a trustee of the San Jose Unified School District and member of the Santa Clara County Commission on the Status of Women. They wrote this for the San Jose Mercury News, February 3, 2017. (See the response.)

Suspensions and Expulsions: It’s Time For a Change
Spring 2013, The Bench, the official magazine of the California Judges Association

Op-ed: Suspensions hurt kids, schools and don’t improve safety
1/25/2013, San Jose Mercury News

Family Reunification Day
Spring, 2010, The Bench, the official magazine of the California Judges Association

Community Foundations & the Juvenile Court – A New Relationship Today
Fall 1999, Today: Juvenile and Family Justice

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August 9, 2012

News Release & Commentary

                                                                         For immediate release
Contact: Cheryl Davidek
(775) 784-1652                                                                                                        August 6, 2012

Judge Michael Nash Named President of

National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges

      Judge Michael Nash, Presiding Judge of the Juvenile Court in the Los Angeles Superior Court, was installed as President of the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ) during the organization’s annual conference held July 15-18, 2012 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Judge Nash will be leading a Board of 29 juvenile and family court judges from across the country, and a membership of nearly 2,000 judicial officers and related system professionals. Under his leadership, the NCJFCJ will continue efforts to improve system practice in the handling of cases involving children and families through research, training of judges and others, technical assistance to systems, and through shaping national policy.

First appointed to the Los Angeles Municipal Court bench in 1985, Judge Nash has served on the Los Angeles Superior Court bench since 1989. Judge Nash has been a juvenile court judge since 1990 and has served as the Presiding Judge of the Los Angeles Juvenile Court or Supervising Judge of the Dependency Court since 1995. Judge Nash also serves as a Lead Judge in NCJFCJ’s Child Victims Act Model Courts Project, implementing strategies designed to improve the courts’ handling of child abuse and neglect cases.

A graduate of the University of California at Los Angeles and Loyola Law School, Judge Nash was Deputy Attorney General in the California Attorney General’s Office from 1974-1985, and was co-prosecutor in the notorious Hillside Strangler trial in 1981-83.

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. 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.

Founded in 1937, the Reno, Nevada-based National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, the nation’s oldest judicial membership organization, is focused on improving the effectiveness of our nation’s juvenile and family courts. A leader in continuing education opportunities, research, and policy development in the field of juvenile and family justice, the NCJFCJ is unique in providing practice-based resources to jurisdictions and communities nationwide.

COMMENTS:

Judge Nash’s inauguration as President of the NCJFCJ is good news for the organization.  Judge Nash has been the longest serving Presiding Judge of the Juvenile Court in the history of the Los Angeles Superior Court.  He presides over the largest juvenile court in the United States, if not the world.  His initiatives have resulted in significant changes in child welfare  including a reduction of children in foster care, the closing of the MacLaren Children’s Center, the creation of National Adoption Day, and numerous policy and procedural innovations.  Most recently Judge Nash “opened” the juvenile dependency courts, issuing a court order declaring that all dependency hearings are presumptively open, but giving the judicial officer the discretion to close a particular hearing upon a proper showing.  While this court order was hotly contested, after several months it appears that no harm has come to any child while at the same time the public has had a much clearer picture of what happens in juvenile dependency court.

August 1, 2012

Improving Outcomes for Children in Child Protection Cases: The Role of the Child Advocate

Full version (2005, 29:43 min)

Short version (2005, 13:35 min)