Judge Hiram E. Puig-Lugo Elected as 77th President to the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges

The National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ) has sworn in Hiram E. Puig-Lugo, associate judge, Superior Court of the District of Columbia, to president of the NCJFCJ Board of Directors. “Judge Puig-Lugo’s dedication to diversity, equity and inclusion and his unsurpassed leadership experience will continue to bring impactful change to courts and … Read more

The NCJFCJ Recognizes Jackson County Pro Bono Attorneys as 2021 Impact of the Year Recipient at Annual Justice Innovation Awards

The National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ) announced the Jackson County Pro Bono Attorneys or “Pro Bonos” as the Impact of the Year Award recipient during the seventh annual Justice Innovation Awards ceremony at the NCJFCJ’s 84th Annual Conference. This group of exemplary attorneys was honored for their work to innovatively rethink, reimagine, … Read more

Justice Bobbe J. Bridge (Ret.) Elected to the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges Board of Directors

The National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ) has elected Justice Bobbe J. Bridge (Ret.), founding president and CEO of the Center for Children & Youth Justice (CCYJ), to the NCJFCJ Board of Directors. “Justice Bridge continues to do extraordinary work for children and families,” said Judge Hiram Puig-Lugo, NCJFCJ president-elect. “As a … Read more

National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges Adds 12 Courts to Join Implementation Sites Project

The National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ) has selected 12 new state and tribal courts to join their Implementation Sites Project, which seeks to improve outcomes for abused and neglected children and their families. The NCJFCJ’s Implementation Sites Project, which is funded by the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice … Read more

National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges Launch Innovative Bench Card Resource Center for Judiciary

The National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ), with support from the State Justice Institute (SJI), announces the launch of an all-new Bench Card Resource Center for the judiciary. Juvenile and family court judges primarily use bench cards during hearings on matters related to child welfare, family violence, juvenile justice, and child custody. Ideally, … Read more

Sierra Club Action Results in Fresno County Supervisors Rescission of Approval of Sprawling Housing Development

After losing in the California Supreme Court and Court of Appeals to plaintiffs Sierra Club Tehipite Chapter and the League of Women Voters of Fresno, who were represented by Chatten-Brown, Carstens & Minteer LLP, the Fresno County Board of Supervisors is expected today to comply with a court order to rescind its approvals for Friant … Read more

NCJFCJ Announces Record $15.6 Million in Awards to Improve Outcomes for Children and Families

The National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ) announced today that it received a record $15.6 million spanning 54 new and continuing awards for the 2020-2021 fiscal year; a record amount in the organization’s 84-year history. The NCJFCJ is devoted to ensuring justice and improving outcomes for families and children in courts nationwide. … Read more

Sheldon Spotted Elk Joins the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges as Program Director, Tribal Justice Partnerships

Sheldon Spotted Elk has joined the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ) as program director, tribal justice partnerships. He has extensive expertise and regularly speaks on tribal law, child welfare, and juvenile law. His area of focus also includes cultural humility and ethics in children’s representation. “I am honored and excited to … Read more