Working with kids in juvenile court is fast moving, intimate and direct…a lot like playing football without a helmet. That insight comes from retired juvenile court prosecutor Elisabeth MacNamara. This former ADA in DeKalb County, Georgia says the courts need more programs to help families and children in crisis. MacNamara spent four years supervising prosecutors in juvenile court, and 20 years in Superior Court. She retired last May to become the President of the League of Women Voters of the United States. She shares some candid and surprising views about the juvenile justice system.
Elisabeth MacNamara retired from her job as Deputy Chief Assistant District Attorney in charge of the Juvenile Court Division in DeKalb County just two weeks ago. Today, she is the newly elected President of the League of Women Voters of the United States. She won a two-year term by unanimous vote from more than 600 delegates meeting in Atlanta on Tuesday. MacNamara was an assistant district attorney in DeKalb County since 1986. She’s been a League member even longer, serving as president of the Georgia League, and most recently, first vice president of the national League. During the convention here, the League of Women Voters of the United States set an agenda to study the federal role in public education and privatization of government functions.