Chief Justice P. Harris Hines Child Advocacy Award Winners Announced

On June 8, the 2018 Chief Justice P. Harris Hines Child Advocacy Award for Outstanding Case Manager was given to Demetria Campbell, a Colquitt County Division of Family and Children Services Case Manager, and the Outstanding Attorney Award was given to Christopher Hempfling, Rockdale County Special Assistant Attorney General.

The Chief Justice P. Harris Hines Awards were created in 2017 by the Georgia Supreme Court’s Committee on Justice for Children, now chaired by Justice David Nahmias, in partnership with Georgia’s Office of the Child Advocate and the Georgia Bar Child Protection and Advocacy Section. Chief Justice Hines served as Chair of the Committee on Justice for Children for 16 years, and continues to be a strong supporter of juvenile law/court improvement. His work and commitment are honored by giving annual awards in his name to a child welfare case manager and to a child welfare attorney who set forward the goals of court improvement toward better outcomes for foster children.

There were numerous nominations for the awards and the selection committee had difficulty choosing only one of the many deserving nominees. As a token of gratitude and appreciation, small gift cards were provided for all nominated case managers by Francesca Gary, President, Federal Government Solutions at Anthem, who was once in foster care.

Additionally, the Child Protection and Advocacy Section of the State Bar of Georgia awarded the Judge Willie Lovett Award to Floyd County Juvenile Court Judge Gregory Price on June 8 (this award is also given in partnership with the Committee on Justice for Children and Georgia’s Office of Child Advocate). In 2017, the Judge Willie Lovett Award was created to honor the memory of Fulton County Juvenile Court Judge Lovett.  The award is presented to an individual who serves in a manner that is characteristic of Judge Lovett's life of service.  As such, the recipient of the Award, among other things, has a history of dedication to advocacy for children, children’s rights, or child protection; exemplifies excellence and professionalism as an attorney or judge; is active in bar activities or professional associations; and is also active in non-law related community service organizations.

 

Closing Remarks

 

 

Demetria Campbell

 

 

Christopher Hempfling

 

 

Lovett Award Recipient

 

 

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