JONESBORO — Clayton County Juvenile Court Chief Judge Steve Teske has once again achieved a pinnacle in his career with his recent election to the Board of Trustees of the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges.
“It is one of the largest and oldest judicial organizations in the world and it is definitely a highlight in my judicial career to be chosen by my peers from all over the country,” said Teske.
Teske said he has been a member of the council since taking the bench in 1999 and is a trainer for the council. He also chairs the school pathways committee that is spearheading a project to train judges in each region in the country to replicate Clayton County’s model to reduce school arrests. It is a model Teske created.
He said he is excited to play a larger role in the council and will be supervising training next month.
“Our first training is Aug. 5-7 at the NCJFCJ headquarters in Reno, Nev., on the campus of the University of Nevada,” he said. “I am lead faculty and 20 judges will go through training on the model and in facilitating skills.”
Teske said Georgia has strong representation on the national council since he was elected with Judge Warner Kennon of Columbus. The two join Judge Peggy Walker from Douglasville, who is on the trustees board and is serving as president-elect.
The National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges works to ensure justice for every family and every child in every court throughout this country. The vital and important work of the NCJFCJ began in 1937 when a group of judges came together looking to improve the effectiveness of the nation’s juvenile courts, according to material provided by Teske.
One of the largest and oldest judicial membership organizations in the nation, the NCJFCJ serves an estimated 30,000 professionals in the juvenile and family justice system including judges, referees, commissioners, court masters and administrators, social and mental health workers, police and probation officers.