Notable Nevadans

CONGRATULATING MARI KAY BICKETT

HON. DEAN HELLER

OF NEVADA

IN THE UNITED STATES SENATE

July 7, 2016

Mr. HELLER: Mr. President, today, I wish to congratulate Mari Kay Bickett on her retirement after serving as Chief Executive Officer of the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ) for over five years. It gives me great pleasure to recognize her years of hard work and commitment to making this organization the best it can be.

Prior to her work with the NCJFCJ, Ms. Bickett served as Academic Director for the National Judicial College in Reno, in addition to practicing law in Northern Nevada. She also served as a Judge Pro Tem in the Reno Municipal Courts, on the Continuing Legal Education Committee of the State Bar of Nevada, and as President of the Northern Nevada Women Lawyers Association. She later served as the Chief Executive Officer of the Texas Center for the Judiciary, which specializes in judicial education and training for trial and appellate judges.

Ms. Bickett joined the NCJFCJ as Chief Executive Officer in April 2011 to help families throughout Nevada and across the nation. The Council’s mission is to support judges throughout the United States who are working to improve the outcomes for children, families, and victims of domestic violence. The NCJFCJ works to do this by providing education, technical assistance, and research to courts. Annually, the Council aids nearly 300,000 professionals in the juvenile and family justice system. Under Ms. Bickett’s leadership, NCJFCJ secured 23 grant awards, a record setting total for the Council, which provided more than $11.3 million in funding and created an economic impact of $16 million in the Great State of Nevada.

Ms. Bickett also served as a liaison on the federal level, working with policy makers to help push legislation for survivors of child sex trafficking, domestic abuse, maltreatment, and neglect. She truly served as a staunch supporter of those in need, and her dedication with the NCJFCJ will be sorely missed. I am thankful to have had her working on behalf of Nevadans for over half a decade.

I ask my colleagues and all Nevadans to join me in thanking Ms. Bickett for her dedication to helping children and families throughout Nevada and across the nation. She exemplifies the highest standards of leadership and service and should be proud of her long and meaningful career. I am proud to call her a fellow Nevadan and wish her well in all of her future endeavors.