Recently, I unveiled a special permanent art display in our courthouse’s smaller courtroom, which is where cases involving abused and neglected children are heard. The art that now is displayed along the walls of this courtroom honors the special volunteers who play significant roles in the Court’s most difficult cases of abused or neglected children: Court Appointed Special Advocates,
or CASAs as they are often called.
I filled the courtroom’s walls with the framed posters of the Youth Service Bureau’s annual major fundraiser, Chef Soiree. The Chef Soiree raises money for the programs sponsored by the Youth Service Bureau, including the CASA program. CASA volunteers are appointed by the Court in child abuse and neglect cases to be my eyes and ears as Judge
. The volunteers meet with children, parents and caregivers, and report to the Court a more complete picture of what is happening in the families the Court serves.
I wanted this artwork to brighten up this room. The posters add cheer and color – and each one is interesting.
Nearly all of the posters had been collected by me since I have been in office as Judge at Slidell City Court. However, there were three lacking. When he found out what I planned, YSB’s new President and Chief Executive Officer Denis Schexnaydre donated them to make the collection complete. After all the posters were framed and displayed, Denis and CASA Director Mary Slazer joined me and members of my staff to view the finished project. Also attending was CASA Supervisor Candace Page, who created the 2013 poster.
“I like how this makes the connection between what we do in the community and the reason behind this great event as a fundraiser,” Denis said as he looked around the courtroom. “It also shows the partnership between CASA and the court. Our volunteers deeply appreciate the respect Judge Lamz gives them.”
In the picture below, you can see the finished project.
Pictured, from left, are: Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Supervisor Candace Page, Slidell City Court Judge James “Jim” Lamz, Staff Attorney Brandi Dohre, CASA Director Mary Slazer and Youth Service Bureau President and CEO Denis Schexnaydre. Candace holds a copy of the poster she created in 2013 for Chef Soiree. The framed posters on the walls are the final touch to Katrina-related repairs at Slidell City Court.