Hall-Dawson Court Appointed Special Advocates
After a quarter of a century, a stalwart of the Hall County Juvenile Court was honored Saturday night for his dedication to children of abuse or neglect.
Juvenile Court Judge Cliff Jolliff, who is retiring at the end of the year, was honored by Hall-Dawson CASA, the Court Appointed Special Advocates for children.
“Because it’s so busy at the office, it still doesn’t quite feel like the end,” Jolliff said.
The annual CASAblanca Gala, a CASA fundraiser held at the Chattahoochee Country Club Saturday night, honored Jolliff for his 2« decades of service. The proceeds of the gala and its silent auction support children of CASA.
“Nobody really knows how hard it is to be a CASA volunteer,” Jolliff said.
Among the speakers honoring Jolliff were his colleague Judge Lindsay Burton, Northeastern Judicial Circuit District Attorney Lee Darragh and Superior Court Judge Kathlene Gosselin
“All the accolades he’s receiving are all very well-deserved,” Burton said.
In early October, attorneys Alison Toller and Bo Weber Jr. were appointed to the Juvenile Court bench. Jolliff said he won’t really feel the end of his tenure until the new judges arrive.
“I think he will probably there on Dec. 31. He’s working really hard and helping to transition our new judges,” Burton said.
The keynote speaker of the event was Tosha Hori, a child of CASA who went on to work in criminal justice and become a novelist.
Hori made an escape from her home once before, running barefoot through the woods trying to find the road. She was trying to escape an abusive home, eventually gaining the help of a Division of Family and Children Services caseworker and a CASA volunteer.
She vowed to give Superior Court Judge Andrew Fuller the biggest hug of his life for sentencing her stepmother.
“The words ‘thank you’ will never be enough,” Hori said of her CASA volunteer.