Our special permanent art display in our courthouse’s smaller courtroom, which was unveiled in January, has had a new piece added, thanks to the Youth Services Bureau
The art display in our smaller courtroom, which is where cases involving abused and neglected children are heard, honors the special volunteers who play significant roles in the Court’s most difficult cases of abused or neglected children: Court Appointed Special Advocates
, or CASAs as they are often called. The cheerful, bright artwork on the walls are each framed posters from Chef Soirée, which is the major fundraiser for YSB. And CASA is one of the YSB’s programs for our community.
I am so grateful to the thoughtfulness of YSB President and Chief Executive Officer Denis Schexnaydre
, who donated a framed copy of the latest poster from Chef Soirée, held this spring.
CASA volunteers make significant contributions to our community.
They act as the eyes and ears of the Court in cases involving child abuse and neglect, helping Judges act in the best interest of the child. Because of the selfless attention given to each child with whom they become involved, CASA volunteers also have major, positive influences in the lives of these children even after their cases are resolved. So often I have witnessed how a CASA volunteer’s influence helps a child make choices as they grow to adulthood that lead them to become successful, contributing members of our community. These are among the reason I felt CASA volunteers should be honored in the Slidell City Courthouse.
Pictured below with the new addition to the art display
in the small courtroom at Slidell City Court are Slidell City Court Administrative Assistant Kasey Coote, Judge James “Jim” Lamz (holding the 2016 Chef Soirée poster), Staff Attorney Brandi Dohre and Youth Service Bureau President and CEO Denis Schexnaydre. This year’s poster is by Slidell artist Matt Litchliter.