Reasonable Efforts Workshop
On August 13, 2008, Judge Richard FitzGerald (bio below) joined J4C to present a two-hour workshop on Reasonable Efforts. The workshop, held at Emory University School of Law, focused on the history, definition, and power of the Reasonable Efforts finding. Attended primarily by attorneys, but also other child welfare representatives, the workshop (link to webcast below) was widely praised by attendees.
Webcast and Documents
The webcast can be viewed at: http://www.law.emory.edu/webcast/fitzgerald.ram. Additionally, the handouts from the workshop, and documents referred to during the lecture, are available below.
Judge Richard FitzGerald
Judge Richard FitzGerald is a Senior Judge of the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Since assuming the bench in 1975, he has served as a District Judge and Special Circuit Judge. He served as chief judge of the Family Court.
Judge FitzGerald has served as adjunct faculty for the University of Louisville School of Law and for the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges. He has been a visiting professor at the ChildLaw Center at Loyola University.
Prior to assuming the bench in 1975, Judge FitzGerald worked as a social worker with the Christian Appalachian Project in McKee, Kentucky and taught at Hughes – Quinn Junior High School in East St. Louis, Illinois.
Judge FitzGerald serves as a member of advisory board of The National Association of Counsel for Children. He has served on the Board of Trustees of the National Council of Juvenile & Family Judges and is the past chairman of the Permanency Planning Committee. He currently serves as a consultant to Court Improvement Programs as a judicial educator for various states.
Judge FitzGerald is the recipient of the judge of the year award from the National CASA Association and the Louisville Bar Association. He has received the National Council of Juvenile and Family Courts Judges Award for Meritorious Service to the Juvenile Court System and the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Award from the Justice Resource Center. He has been awarded an “Equality Award” by the Urban League and the “Chief Justice’s Award for Outstanding Service to the Courts of Kentucky”. Upon his retirement, he received the Governors “Distinguished Citizen Award”. In 2003, he was awarded a Doctor of Laws (honoris causa) from Bellarmine University.
Judge FitzGerald is the co-author of “Juvenile Practice” for West Publishing Co. and was a contributing consultant in the drafting of “The Resource Guidelines for Improving Practice in Abuse and Neglect Cases” and “the Resource Guidelines for Adoption and Permanency” published by the NCJFCJ. He also participated in the publication of “Effective Interventions in the Intersection of Family Violence and Child Maltreatment.”