The Honorable William A. Thorne Jr., a judge on the State of Utah Court of Appeals and former judge in the Third District Court will be joining the Board of Directors for the Center for the Study of Social Policy (CSSP) according to a CSSP press release on April 5.
Thorne, who has been a tribal court judge in 10 states, was the former president of the National Indian Justice Center. The center is a nonprofit that trains tribal court personnel around the country.
“William Thorne brings unquestioned knowledge and wisdom to the board along with a passion for doing the right thing for children. He will help to assure that CSSP is able to deepen its impact on agencies and ultimately families and children,” Carol Wilson Spigner, chairman of CSSP’s board of directors said in the press release.
Thorne is nationally known for his knowledge on children policies and support programs, with a focus on Native American children and families. His focus on children issues has led him to board seats for Child Trends, Inc., a nonprofit child-centered research group (he is chair); and WestEd, Inc., a nonprofit focused on excellence and equity in education and a member of the Board of Trustees for the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges.
He has also been a member of or currently is a member of the following organizations:
- National CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates)
- Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute
- North American Council on Adoptable Children (NACAC)
- American Bar Association’s Steering Committee on the Unmet Legal Needs of Children
- PEW Commission of Children in Foster Care
- Former chair of the Utah Juvenile Justice Task Force of the Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice
- Vice-Chair of the Utah Board of Youth Corrections
- Salt Lake County Domestic Violence Advisory Committee
- Steering committee for the Judicial Council’s Task Force on Racial and Ethnic Fairness
The CSSP has been working with state and federal policymakers and communities across the country for almost 30 years. Based in Washington, D.C. the nonprofit focuses on public policy, research and technical assistance; while promoting smart policies that improve the lives of children and their families and works to achieve equity for those too often left behind.