Bar News - August 12, 2005
DCYF Recognizes Judge Kelly and Kristin Lamont with Awards
Kelly Receives Voice for Children Award
Judge Edwin W. Kelly, District Court of Plymouth, received the Voice for Children Award from the Division for Children, Youth and Families (DCYF) on June 15th at the 155th annual meeting of the Board of Trustees.
“I have known Ed Kelly for 20 years,” said Judge Michael F. Sullivan, Concord District Court, “and he’s always been intensely interested in family and children’s issues. He has created an atmosphere that encourages other judges to be active in community issues, to work with boys’ and girls’ clubs to provide constructive entertainment for them.”
Kelly has been administrative justice for New Hampshire’s district courts and presiding judge at Plymouth District Court for 15 years. A year ago he also became administrative judge for the Family Division, a statewide project. He has worked to involve the community of Plymouth in juvenile justice efforts by establishing the Whole Village project. “He has promoted a problem-solving climate all across the state, regardless of geography,” continued Sullivan. “He was involved in the Green Book Project to study domestic violence issues and was a key figure in the establishment of the Drug Courts.”
Kelly is also responsible for obtaining a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to assist in the work of juvenile justice.
Director’s Award Presented to Lamont
Kristin Lamont, District Court Permanency Planning Coordinator, received the Division of Children, Youth and Families’ Director’s Award at the annual DCYF conference on May 13th. Lamont was key to the development and implementation of New Hampshire’s Court Improvement Protocols, now a statewide tool used in New Hampshire to enhance the work with children and families in the court system. “Kristy facilitated significant collaboration among the following groups: the District Court, the Family Division, the Probate Court and the Superior Court, as well as with representatives from the Bar, the Legislature, CASA, the DCYF, the Judicial Council, the Attorney General’s office and law enforcement,” said Nancy Rollins, DCYF director.