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Louisiana CASA honors Lamz as ‘Judge of Year’
Cases  Louisiana CASA, in partnership with its member programs, recently honored individuals in the state for their services to children through CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates). Among those presented special recognition this year was Slidell City Court Judge James “Jim” Lamz, who was named Judge of the Year.
 
The annual awards were announced at the “"Geaux Blue for Kids” ceremony, held in Baton Rouge and attended by CASA staff and volunteers from across the state. 
 
“We deeply value all of the volunteers, staff and stakeholders with whom we work,” said St. Tammany CASA Director Sharon McLane. “But Judge Lamz earned special recognition for having gone the extra mile for abused and neglected children in our community.”
 
In St. Tammany, CASA is a program sponsored by Youth Service Bureau (YSB). YSB President and Chief Executive Officer Mary Slazer, who previously served as CASA Director, wrote in her nomination of Lamz about “his commitment to the well-being of children and families” and his support of CASA’s services, including producing a public service announcement video in the wake of Hurricane Katrina to help recruit new volunteers, who were desperately needed due to the sharp increase in abuse and neglect cases as the community rebuilt following the storm. 
 
During his years as judge, Slazer said, Lamz also worked “to improve the judicial process for children to include the installation of specially-designed client conference cubicles for attorneys working with juvenile clients, and an improved secure juvenile file room.” She also noted Lamz’s consistent efforts to encourage area residents to volunteer as a CASA and for serving as the Judicial Representative on a Louisiana Supreme Court-created committee to study and make recommendations for standards governing the state's Juvenile Detention Centers.
 
CASAs are highly-trained volunteers who are appointed by courts in child abuse and neglect cases to be the eyes and ears for the presiding judge. 
 
“Of all of the people judges hear from before rendering the incredibly important decision on what is best for an abused or neglected child, the CASA volunteer is the only person involved in the child’s case who has absolute purity of purpose. For many children, they are the first champion they’ve ever had in their life,” Lamz said. “To be recognized by an organization I respect so highly is humbling and I am truly honored.”
 
To join the next training class for CASA volunteers or for information, call the Youth Service Bureau at (985) 649-4092.
 
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Presenting the Judge of the Year Award in Baton Rouge to Slidell City Court Judge James “Jim” Lamz (left) are 
St. Tammany CASA Director Sharon McLane and Louisiana CASA Association Board Chair Andrew Kolb.




Pictured at the "Geaux Blue for Kids" Awards ceremony from St. Tammany are (from left) CASA Program Specialist
LIsa Carvin, CASA Recruiter/Trainer Dana Wolcott, CASA Volunteer Bettie Nolan, CASA Supervisor Candace Page,
Slidell City Court Judge James “Jim” Lamz, CASA Director Sharon McLane, CASA Supervisor Sharon Lorio, and
Youth Services Bureau CEO Mary Slazer.

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