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Committees: Children's Rights Committee
The Children's Rights Committee will make a continuing study of laws, policies and any other state of affairs that affect children's rights; work to advance the rights of children, as is consistent with ISBA policy; and report its findings and recommendations to the Board of Governors as deemed necessary.



Judy G. Hester

Vice Chair
Katherine Meger Kelsey

Staff Liaison

Kassandra Adams



2016 Hon. Geoffrey Gaither

2015 Hon. Heather M. Mollo 

2014 Leslie Rogers-Dunn
2013 Hon. Mary Beth Bonaventura
2012 Amy Karozos
2011 Cynthia K. Booth
2010 Catherine M. Michael
2009 Hon. Deborah Shook
2008 Shontrai DeVaughn Irving
2007 Hon. Mary R. Harper
2006 Hon. Marilyn A. Moores
2005 Bret D. Raper
2004 JauNae Hanger
2003 Hon. Andrea K. McCord
2002 Chet Zawalich
2001 Hon. Jerome F. Jacobi
2000 Stephen M. Sims
1999 Eileen M. Doran
1998 Derelle Watson-Duvall, J.D.

About the award

The Committee on Civil Rights of Children annually honors an individual who best exemplifies Judge Taliaferro’s courageous leadership in addressing the unmet legal needs of children and in raising the public’s awareness of these needs. Nominations for this award may be for an individual who is living or deceased.


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