Georgia Juvenile Court Judge Peggy H. Walker was sworn in Tuesday as president of the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges at its 77th annual conference in Chicago, Ill.
Walker, who presides over the Juvenile Court of Douglas County, was sworn in by Presiding Justice P. Harris Hines, Supreme Court of Georgia.
During the past four years, Walker has served as NCJFCJ secretary, treasurer and president-elect.
Founded in 1937, the Reno-based organization is the nation’s longest-running judicial membership committee with a roster of nearly 2,000 judges and related professionals. The council aims to provide judges, courts and related agencies with the necessary knowledge and skills to improve the lives of families and children affected by the juvenile justice system and domestic violence.
“My focus for the year of my presidency will be using my voice to better connect the rapidly developing child brain science to our legal and judicial practice,” Walker said. “Our legal field needs to be closely following the work of the Harvard Center for the Developing Child, the Adverse Childhood Experience Study, Dr. Bruce Perry and much more. Having national leaders from Georgia enhances our own state’s efforts; it gives the judiciary greater credibility and allows us to engage government agencies and foundations that work with our children and families.”