NOFSW will present the Sol Gothard Lifetime Achievement Award to Richard Ducote, Esq. of Pittsburgh, PA. Mr. Ducote has an extraordinary career in domestic violence and child abuse advocacy. Without exception, he is the leading child abuse litigator in the United States having litigated thousands of cases in at least 44 states. He has also successfully argued in the United States Supreme Court for the rights of abused children.
The award will be presented at the NOFSW annual conference at 8:00 AM, Tuesday, April 17, 2012 at the Tremont Plaza Hotel in Baltimore, Maryland. This is the highest award bestowed upon an individual by the NOFSW. It is presented to an individual who has made outstanding contributions to the forensic social work profession, public welfare, and humankind. The Honorable Sol Gothard has devoted his entire career to protecting the abused and to improving the legal system to which they are entrusted. For this and for his continued work with the National Organization of Forensic Social Work, he was honored at the 28th annual conference with the Sol Gothard Lifetime Achievement Award from NOFSW and this award was made a permanent honor by NOFSW.