16th National Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect
ACYF Commissioner's Award Book
Hon. Charles M. McGee
The Honorable Charles M. McGee, now retired from his third term in the Washoe County District Court, is a recognized community leader for his innovative ideas and outstanding commitment to children and families throughout the State of Nevada. Judge McGee founded the first family Drug Court in the United States in 1994 and continues to preside over that Court, which has become a successful and replicated model throughout the nation. Nevada's Drug Court has adjudicated hundreds of cases involving drug addiction, domestic violence, and related child abuse or neglect complaints, serving more than 800 children in the State and reporting a 75 percent success rate, i.e., no further reports to the child protection and law enforcement agencies.
Significantly, Judge McGee also is founding Director of the Children's Cabinet, which serves abused and neglected children; co-founder and champion of the Charles M. McGee Center for Adolescent Programs; and co-founder of the Washoe County Court Appointed Special Advocate Program. Without question, he has provided outstanding leadership at both the local and national levels.