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Jim Anderson Receives Presidents Award From Pennsylvania Conference of State Trial Judges

A surprised Jim Anderson, Executive Director of the Juvenile Court Judges’ Commission, received the 2012 Presidents Award from the Pennsylvania Conference of State Trial Judges at the Hotel Hershey on July 27, 2012.

Jim was invited to the association’s business luncheon under false pretences – and was presented

with the prestigious award in recognition of his lifetime achievements. Judge Thomas M. DelRicci, President of the Pennsylvania Conference of State Trial Judges, presented the award and described Jim as being seen by individuals at the highest levels of all three branches of government as Pennsylvania’s primary state-level expert on matters pertaining to juvenile court issues. Jim has served as the Executive Director of the Juvenile Court Judges’ Commission

since 1986 and, under his leadership, the agency has earned national recognition

in the juvenile justice arena.

Jim is perhaps best known for his legislative advocacy. He has been actively involved

in literally every major legislative issue affecting Pennsylvania’s juvenile justice, juvenile court, and child welfare systems for the past three decades. Of particular significance, Mr. Anderson developed the language contained in Act 33 of Special Session No. 1 of 1995 that redefined the mission of Pennsylvania’s juvenile justice system around the principles of balanced and restorative justice.

Pennsylvania was the first state in the nation to adopt such legislation, which gives priority to repairing the harm done to crime victims and communities. Since then, over 20 other states have enacted similar legislation based on the Pennsylvania model. The JCJC’s legislative program has been recognized as the nation’s “Outstanding Legislative Program” by the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges.

Jim has received numerous state and national awards, including the 2012 Middle Atlantic States Correctional Association’s 2012 MASCA Founders Award; the 2008 Champion for Change award presented by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation for juvenile justice system reform efforts in conjunction with its Models for Change initiative; and the inaugural M. James Toner Fellows Award from the National Juvenile Court Services Association for outstanding service to the juvenile justice community.

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