For Immediate Release
Contact: Jackie Bryant
Reno, Nevada. Aug. 24, 2015. The Second Judicial District Court Family Division Judge Egan Walker has been elected to serve on the Board of Directors of the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ). As a leader in improving court practice in juvenile and family law cases, the NCJFCJ is invested in ensuring justice for those who come before the nation’s courts, and is committed to an open and honest conversation about the dynamics of victimization within our justice system.
"The NCJFCJ has been instrumental in the nation’s juvenile justice system,” said Judge Walker. “I am extremely honored to be associated with this prestigious and important organization, as well as to be provided the opportunity to follow a path blazed by my colleague, Judge Deborah Schumacher, who was selected as a Board member in 2009.”
Judge Walker was appointed to Department 2 of the Second Judicial Court by Governor Brian Sandoval in 2011. He previously worked as a Family Court Master, where he re-worked the child support dockets to increase both the volume of cases heard in court and the total number of cases resolved without a court hearing. He also assisted in the development of the Self Represented Litigant Program, an innovative program designed to manage cases in which at least one of the parties appears without counsel. Prior to serving as a judicial officer, Walker was in private practice, focusing primarily of family law litigation.
Judge Walker currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Healthy Families Foundation and is the lead judge on the NCJFCJ’s Project ONE located in Reno, whose goal is to provide judges with guidance for supporting the needs of families and children no matter which jurisdictional “door” of the courthouse—family law, child welfare, family violence, juvenile justice, etc.—they enter.
Chief Judge David Hardy stated: "The Second Judicial District Court has played a leadership role in juvenile justice issues, first through Judge Schumacher's appointment to both the NCJFCJ Board and the federal Coordinating Council on Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, and now through Judge Walker. The Court is extremely proud of our colleagues. We are committed to supporting them in their efforts to improve juvenile justice in Nevada and across the United States."
NCJFCJ President Judge Darlene Byrne said, “Judge Walker has a quick wit and amazing energy. I know with his leadership on the Board of Directors, the NCJFCJ will continue to innovate so that family courts all across the country will continue to perform at the highest level possible for the children and families they serve.”
Judge Walker joins former Second Judicial District Court Judge Deborah Schumacher, who has served on the Board of Directors of NCJFCJ since 2009. Judge Schumacher was first appointed to the Second Judicial District Court in 1997. She founded the Washoe County Juvenile Drug Court, served as Chair of the NCJFCJ’s Legislative Committee, and was appointed to the National Coordinating Council on Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention by US Senator Harry Reid. Recently, she was named the 2015 recipient of the Northern Nevada Women Lawyer’s Association’s Outstanding Woman Lawyer Award. She now serves as a Senior Judge for the Second Judicial District Court.
About the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges
Founded in 1937, the Reno, Nevada-based National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges is the nation’s oldest judicial membership organization, focusing on improving the effectiveness of our nation’s juvenile and family courts. A leader in continuing education opportunities, research, and policy development in the field of juvenile and family justice, the 2,000 member organization is unique in providing practice-based resources to jurisdictions and communities nationwide. The NCJFCJ, located on the University of Nevada campus, is devoted to ensuring justice for every family and every child in courts throughout the country. It is one of the largest and oldest judicial membership organizations in the nation, serving an estimated 30,000 professionals in domestic relations and the juvenile and family justice system. For more information about the NCJFCJ, go to http://www.ncjfcj.org.
For more information, email District Court Administrator Jackie Bryant at Jackie.Bryant@washoecourts.us or call 775-328-3119.