Coordinating Council on Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
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Chair
U.S. Attorney General
Michael Mukasey
Department of Justice

Vice Chair
Administrator
J. Robert Flores
Office of Juvenile
Justice and
Delinquency Prevention

Secretary Elaine L. Chao
Department of Labor

Chief Executive Officer
David Eisner
Corporation for National
and Community Service

Assistant Secretary
Julie L. Myers
Department of Homeland Security

Secretary
Steve Preston
Department of Housing
and Urban Development

Secretary
Margaret Spellings
Department of Education

Secretary
Michael O. Leavitt
Department of Health
and Human Services

Director John P. Walters
Office of National
Drug Control Policy

Practitioner Members

Larry K. Brendtro
William L. Gibbons
Adele L. Grubbs
Steven H. Jones
Pamela Rodriguez
Gordon A. Martin, Jr.
Victor Rodriguez

 

William R. Byars, Jr., J.D.
Director, Children's Law Office at the University of South Carolina

The Honorable William R. Byars, Jr., currently serves as director of the Children's Law Office at the University of South Carolina School of Law. Prior to this, he served as a family court judge for the 5th Judicial Circuit from 1989 to August 1999 and practiced law at the firm of Savage, Royall, Sheheen, and Byars for 17 years. Since 1994, Judge Byars has served as a board and executive committee member of South Carolina's Families for Kids, where he has worked for child welfare reform. In addition, he has served as chairman of the Governor's Task Force on Juvenile Justice and president of the South Carolina Conference for Family Court Judges. He was appointed to the National Council on Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention at the U.S. Department of Justice and has served on the Kershaw County School Board for 10 years. Among his honors and awards have been two Kershaw County Distinguished Service Awards, the Champion for Children Award from the South Carolina Alliance, and two awards from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services commissioner for "Outstanding Leadership and Service in the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect." In 1999, Judge Byars received South Carolina's highest civilian award "The Order of the Palmetto" from Governor David M. Beasley for "leadership in juvenile justice and children's law reform." Judge Byars received a bachelor's degree in government from Louisiana State University and a juris doctor degree. from the University of South Carolina School of Law.


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