January 2013 Bar Bulletin
Family Law CASA Names New Executive Director
By Jim Sherman
Family Law CASA of King County has announced that Roxanne Mennes will become CASA's new executive director. Mennes will take over from retiring Executive Director Caroline Davis effective in mid-January.
For the last three years, Mennes has been the director of Continuing Legal Education, Conferences and Programming Partnerships at Seattle University School of Law. Prior to that, she served for seven years as director of Continuing Legal Education for the King County Bar Association. She also worked for a year as a King County District Court manager, served as an assistant attorney general in Arizona working in its dependency system, and worked as a public education program manager implementing courses for families in crisis. Prior to attending law school, Mennes spent five years working as a child and family therapist.
Mennes knows the Family Law CASA program well as she has served as a volunteer advocate on a number of cases since 2004. She is highly regarded by the Family Law CASA staff. While working for the KCBA, she was responsible for putting on the KCBA's annual Title 26 GAL training and helped produce the first training manual for that program.
The Family Law CASA Board of Directors was pleased by the quality of the many candidates who applied for the position. The board believes that Mennes's broad experience and past work as an attorney, and in the areas of child therapy, advocacy and legal education, will provide CASA with superior leadership. Mennes came with outstanding references, and as Family Law CASA settles into its next decade of operation, the board looks forward to seeing her move the program to a new level.
Davis, a CASA founder, its original executive director and a tireless worker on behalf of CASA and the children the organization represents, said, "It's great to have Roxanne step forward to lead Family Law CASA. I have enjoyed working with her in the past, both at KCBA and as one of CASA's advocates. She will mesh well with our outstanding staff, and I look forward to assisting her with the transition and helping her start this phase of her career. I leave CASA knowing it is in good hands."
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