Many of our CASA volunteers have experienced a swearing-in ceremony with The Honorable Darlene Byrne, raising their right hands and repeating the CASA volunteer oath. On July 28, at a ceremony in Austin both moving and entertaining, the tables were turned as Judge Byrne was sworn-in as president of the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ).
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, providing them with resources, knowledge, and training to improve the lives of families and children seeking justice. Their mission is to continuously improve the family court system and court practices and to raise awareness of the core issues that touch the lives of our nation’s children and families. The model courts for child welfare and juvenile justice are designated by NCJFCJ, and under Judge Byrne’s leadership, Travis County has been a model court for child welfare for 6 years.
This is an honor for Travis County and a wonderful recognition for Judge Byrne and her vision and leadership. The swearing-in ceremony in July brought together CASA board, staff and volunteers; lawyers from across Travis County; the rest of the Travis County judges; Mayor Steve Adler who served as honorary chair with First Lady Diane Land; The Honorable Sarah Eckhart; members of the city council; and many others who wanted to honor and celebrate Judge Byrne’s work.