Jane Volland New Administrator of the Guardian ad Litem Program
 
News imageRaleigh - Jane Volland is the new administrator of the Guardian ad Litem Program, a program that represents the needs of more than 14,000 abused, neglected or dependent children whose cases come before the state courts.

Volland, who started working at her new job Feb. 4, was most recently the director of Durham County Teen Court and Restitution Program. She replaces Ilene Nelson who died last September.

“Jane has been at the center of children’s issues ever since she started practicing law in Durham County,” director of the Administrative Office of the Courts, John Kennedy said. “We are very pleased to have someone of her expertise and integrity heading the Guardian ad Litem Program.”

Volland grew up in Auburn N.Y. and went to Middleburg College, graduating in 1962 with a degree in English. She earned her masters in sociology from N.Y. University, then moved to San Francisco and taught sociology and criminology for two years at San Francisco State College. She met her husband, Lars Shoultz, in California and the two moved to North Carolina in 1969 when the University of North Carolina accepted him into graduate school. Volland later enrolled in Duke University’s law school and graduated in 1983.

Volland practiced law with Gulley, Eakes, Volland and Calhoon, doing mostly criminal defense and juvenile court work. She also served as an attorney advocate for the Guardian ad Litem Program from 1985 to 1995. In 1995, she became the head of the Teen Court, a non-profit agency that started with a staff of one and a budget of $20,000, to a full time job and a budget of $240,00 with a staff of six.

“I’m honored, happy, and excited to be here,” Volland said. “I want to continue to strengthen this program so that we can have enough volunteers across the state to represent the children in court and continue the training of our attorney advocates so that we can continue to provide highly qualified legal representation for the children. Unless we get to the children earlier, it is only too likely that we will be seeing them in the court system as delinquents or adult criminals.”

The Guardian ad Litem Program has 3,600 volunteers across the state who are trained to advocate for a child’s best interest including a safe, permanent home.
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Publish Date: 02/06/2002