2009

Judge Michael Nash

Judge Michael Nash was appointed to the Los Angeles Municipal Court in 1985.  In 1989, he was elevated to the Los Angeles Superior Court and has served in the Juvenile Court since 1990.  Since 1995, he has served as either Presiding Judge of the Juvenile Court or Supervising Judge of the Juvenile Dependency Court.  Prior to being appointed to the bench, Judge Nash was a Deputy Attorney General in the California Attorney General’s Office from 1974-1985.  Serving in the criminal division, he handled hundreds of cases in the Courts of Appeal including multiple appearances before the California Supreme Court.  He was also co-prosecutor in the notorious Hillside Strangler trial from 1981-1983, the longest criminal trial in American history which resulted in conviction of the defendant.  As a juvenile court judge, Judge Nash has played a role in bringing numerous changes to the juvenile courts in Los Angeles.  Some of these include the creation of drug courts in both Delinquency and Dependency Courts; development of psychotropic medication protocols for juvenile court youth; development of protocols to foster communication and coordination between Dependency and Delinquency Courts; projects to enhance and define the role of attorneys in juvenile court and more.  He also helped create Adoption Saturday in Los Angeles in 1998.  Since then, approximately 10,000 foster children in Los Angeles have had their adoptions completed in Saturday court hearings.  The program has become a national program with over 200 courts in all fifty states participating annually in National Adoption Day.  In 2008, almost 3000 adoptions were completed on National Adoption Day.  Judge Nash currently serves as Treasurer of the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, the nation’s oldest judicial member organization.  He is also a member of the Executive Committee and past Chair of the Juvenile Court Judges of California, a member and past Co-chair of the California Judicial Council’s Family and Juvenile Advisory Committee, a member of the California Blue Ribbon Commission on Children in Foster Care, and the California Child Welfare Council.  He previously served as a member of the California Judicial Council. Judge Nash has received numerous recognitions including being named Judge of the Year by the Juvenile Court Judges of California in 1997; National Judge of the Year by the National Court Appointed Special Advocates Association in 2006; the Stanley Mosk Legacy of Justice Award by the San Fernando Valley Bar Association in 2007; and was named one of the “500 Leading Judges in America” by Lawdragon Magazine. Judge Nash is married to Assistant City Attorney Patricia Clemens  and they have an eighteen year old daughter, Molly, who is a college freshman.

 

Al Roker

As a host of NBC's "Today" along with Matt and Meredith and also it's weatherman, Al Roker has the undivided attention of the nation every weekday morning as America prepares for work. His daily encounters with visitors from across America on the sidewalks outside Studio 1-A are a highlight of "Today."  Al's on-air duties involve much more than the weather. As a co-host of "Today", he conducts interviews with celebrities, newsmakers and just plain people from around the world and a wide variety of segments on every imaginable subject. Al is a nine-time Emmy winner who developed a continuing series for "Today" called "Today's Dad," featuring parenting tips for fathers. He is the host of many major NBC Network Specials, such as the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, the Christmas Tree Lighting at Rockefeller Center, and The Rose Bowl Parade. They are all extremely successful. Al has hosted his own talk show on CNBC, aptly titled, "Al Roker", and was the host of MSNBC's information quiz show, "Remember This?", which earned him a 1997 Daytime Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Game Show Host, the only cable program up against the major network entries. Al Roker is an adoptive father and has three children.

 

Sean and Leigh Anne Tuohy

Sean Tuohy, a native of New Orleans, Louisiana won two Louisiana High School State Basketball Championships and was chosen as Louisiana’s Mr. Basketball. Sean went on to play for the University of Mississippi where he won their first and only SEC Basketball Championship. To this date he still holds several SEC assist records. Sean served as team captain for Ole Miss for three years and was selected to the SEC all tournament team. In 1982 he was drafted by the New Jersey Nets. In 2006 Sean was selected as a SEC Basketball Legend and in 2009 was selected to the All Century Team. While at Ole Miss Sean met his wife of 27 years Leigh Anne. Leigh Anne was as involved with campus activities as Sean. She was a cheerleader, campus favorite, homecoming made, and active member of her sorority. Sean founded RGT Management inc. 22 years ago and has served as its President and CEO since its inception.  A franchisee with Yum Brands, Tuohys company currently owns and operates over 70 restaurants, located in seven states, including Taco Bells, Pizza Huts, KFCs, Long John Slivers, and A&Ws. In his spare time Sean Tuohy also serves as a television analyst for the NBA Memphis Grizzlies. Leigh Anne is a native of Memphis, Tennessee. She owns Flair I, an interior design business, and has worked for clients such as Peyton Manning, Scottie Pippin, Isaac Bruce, and OJ Mayo. She has been published numerous times, and has been featured on HGTV. Sean and Leigh Anne have three children Collins 22, who graduated from the University of Mississippi and was a cheerleader, Michael 23, attended the University of Mississippi and played football, and Sean Jr. 16 who attends Briarcrest Christian School and plays varsity basketball and baseball.  The Tuohy’s life and adoption story was chronicled in Michael Lewis best seller book The Blindside, which is being made into a major motion picture also entitled The Blindside.  The movie and book detail the incredible journey the Tuohy family embarked upon during their adoption of their eldest son, Michael Oher. Michael’s determination to be the best at what he does and his ability to be an upstanding citizen are a credit to the Tuohy’s.  Their story has impacted people all across the country. They are hoping by sharing their experiences that children's lives have been positively affected and that individuals will find value in those who society have deemed valueless.