The Statewide Guardian ad Litem (GAL) Program recently announced that Miami Law alumna Judge Cindy S. Lederman, Miami-Dade Juvenile Court Judge, was named the 2014 National CASA Judge of the Year. The National CASA Association is a network of 933 programs that recruit, train and support volunteers to represent the best interests of abused and neglected children in the courtroom and other settings.
“Judge Lederman is a passionate supporter of the GAL Program and believes that every child in the dependency system should have a voice,” said Alan Abramowitz, Executive Director of the Statewide Guardian ad Litem.
Every year, National CASA Association honors the outstanding contributions of a judge who has furthered the best interest of children through their support of the GAL Program. Jessica Allen, Miami-Dade Director of the GAL Program stated, “At the heart of every successful GAL Program are dedicated judges, and Judge Lederman has shown her dedication to children’s issues and the GAL Program throughout her career. Her remarkable leadership includes such accomplishments as co-leading the team that created the Dade County Domestic Violence Court, helping to conceive of the Dependency Court Intervention Program for Family Violence, and co-creating the Miami Safe Start Initiative.”
Lederman, who came to the bench in 1988, has served on countless committees, written articles, developed programs and research and spoken about the needs of dependent children with compassion and purpose.
Circuit Court Judge Cindy S. Lederman, JD '79. (Photo: Paul Lederman)