112 – Juvenile Justice Inspiring Hope: An Interview with Hon. Maria Hernandez

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During this episode, Sandra Morgan and Dave Stachowiak interview special guest Honorable Maria Hernandez who discusses the November 20, 2015 Juvenile Justice Summit: Inspiring Hope.  She explains the significance of the collaboration represented across judicial, educational, child welfare, and research sectors. The Hon. Hernandez was appointed Presiding Judge of the Juvenile Court, Orange County on January 1, 2014. Prior to her appointment as Juvenile Court Presiding Judge she was responsible for both dependency and delinquency inventories, presided over Juvenile Drug Court, Dependency drug Court and the Boys Court program, and chaired the task force relating to Commercially Sexually Exploited Children (CSEC). Judge Hernandez has been assigned to the Juvenile Justice Court since 2010 and prior to that assignment served at the West Justice Center. Currently, Judge Hernandez also serves as a member of Chief Justice Cantil-Sakauye’s “Keeping Kids in School and Out of Court Initiative” Steering Committee, the Judicial Council of California’s “Advisory Committee on Providing Access and Fairness,” and is a faculty member of the Judicial Council of California’s Center for Judicial Education and Research (CJER). Judge Hernandez is an active member of numerous law and community related organizations. As the Presiding Judge of Juvenile Court, Judge Hernandez maintains a small inventory of cases while working with juvenile justice partners in the daily administration of juvenile court.

The podcast also discusses California Chief Justice of California Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye remarks as well as highlights of the research presented by Dr. Elizabeth Cauffman and Dr. Jodi Quas (University of California, Irvine). An overview of the cross sector panels demonstrated how important collaboration is to bridge the gaps in services to vulnerable youth. The “Meant to Make It” panel featured Department of Education, Health Care Agency, The District Attorney Gand Reduction Intervention Partnership and the Public Defender with an emphasis on early identification and intervention.

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