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Press Release - Hon. Judge Virgil C. Smith to receive award

Sep 27, 2018
Community Social Services of Wayne County will celebrate its 72nd anniversary and Judge Virgil C. Smith, Presiding Judge of the Juvenile Division of the Third Circuit Court will receive the Kristy Lynn Berkelbaugh Child Advocate Award.

For Immediate Release


Contact: Zenell B. Brown, Executive Court Administrator
(313) 224-2236
Subject:

Hon. Virgil C. Smith to Receive Award from Community Social Services of Wayne County

 

 

Detroit, MI - On October 11, 2018 at 6 p.m., Community Social Services of Wayne County (CSSWC) will celebrate its 72nd anniversary and Judge Virgil C. Smith, Presiding Judge of the Juvenile Division of the Third Circuit Court will receive the Kristy Lynn Berkelbaugh Child Advocate Award.

Diana and Fred Berkelbaugh began the Kristy Lynn Berkelbaugh Memorial Fund benefitting children being served in Community Social Services of Wayne County’s (CSSWC) Child Welfare Program as a living legacy to their beloved daughter, Kristy Lynn, who passed away tragically. In tribute to the Berkelbaugh family and in honor of Kristy Lynn, in 2013 CSSWC created The Kristy Lynn Berkelbaugh Child Advocate Award to present to citizens and organizations that are exemplary child advocates.

Judge Virgil C. Smith is deserving of that award. In 2004, Judge Smith was appointed by Governor Jennifer Granholm to the Wayne County Third Circuit Court. He served in the Family Division – Juvenile Section as the Presiding Judge from 2004-2006. Judge Smith served as the first African American Chief Judge of the Third Circuit Court from 2009-14, and at the end of his second chief judgeship term in 2014, returned to the Juvenile Court as the Presiding Judge. Judge Smith has spearheaded the Court’s partnership with Casey Foundation and moved the needle forward in areas such as juvenile mental health, family reunification efforts, court appointed advocates for child in neglect cases, the creation of the clothes closet, and the faith-based and volunteer initiative to provide parenting time and support to families in the reunification process. The Casey Foundation recognizes the effort of Judge Smith and his team.



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