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Committee Members

Justice P. Harris Hines, Chair

Mr. Duaine Hathaway

Judge Michael Key

Ms. Kathleen Dumitrescu

Judge Peggy Walker

Judge James Morris

Ms. Isabel Blanco

Mr. Robert Grayson

Judge Stephen Goss

Mr. W. Terence Walsh

Mr. Tom Rawlings

Judge Kevin Guidry

Dr. Normer Adams

Judge Jackson Harris

Ms. Lisa Lariscy

Judge Desiree Peagler

Judge Lawton Stephens

June 2010

Supreme Court of Georgia Committee on Justice for Children 244 Washington St. Atlanta, GA 30334 www.gajusticeforchildren.org

May 6, 2009

To whom it may concern:

The Supreme Court of Georgia Committee on Justice for Children is sponsoring the Cold Case Project which will last one year starting in April 2009. This project is being done in full partnership and support with the Georgia Division of Family and Children Services and the Georgia Office of the Child Advocate. Eleven attorneys are serving as Supreme Court of Georgia Fellows to the Cold Case Project and will review cases of children in foster care for long periods of time.

The Fellows are listed in alphabetical order: Patricia Ketch Buonodono; Melinda Cowan; Rachel Davidson; Darice Good; Karlise Y. Grier; Diana Rugh Johnson; Trân Lankford; Dorothy Murphy; Brooke Silverthorn; Leslie Stewart; and Ashley Willcott.

In addition to reviewing permanency options which have been explored legally, the Fellows will look for current diligent search reports, case plans, signed written transition living plans, referrals to independent living, permanency hearing orders, reasonable efforts to achieve permanency documentation, compelling reason documentation and more.

The Fellows represent a mix of agency (Special Assistant Attorneys General), parent, and child attorneys. Ashley Willcott is serving as the project lead. Periodic reports will be presented at the Justice for Children Committee meetings and a paper will be published at the project’s end. Applied Research Services is serving as the project evaluator. Attorneys Robert Grayson and Tammy Griner will serve as Senior Fellows and provide technical assistance to this project.

For any questions or concerns, please contact me, Michelle Barclay, attorney and Project Director for the Committee on Justice for Children.


Michelle Barclay www.gajusticeforchildren.org


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