Judge Jeffrey Ford (’76) Honored with 2012 National Public Citizen of the Year Award

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) has announced that Judge Jeffrey B. Ford (’76) of Urbana, Illinois, is the recipient of the 2012 National Public Citizen of the Year Award. 

The NASW National Awards recognize leaders in the profession and in our communities who fully embody social work values and ethics. Past award recipients have accomplished the extraordinary, and we have been honored to recognize them. Each year NASW honors a social worker who has exemplified the best of the profession’s values for Social Worker of the Year or Lifetime Achievement, a public citizen who has gone above and beyond in their community for Public Citizen of the Year, and/or an elected official who has shown leadership in public policy surrounding issues important to the profession for Public Elected Official of the Year. Judge Ford, along with the other 2013 national awardees from around the United States, will be honored at the NASW Annual Leadership Meeting which takes place on Thursday, April 11, 2013, in Washington, DC. 

Judge Ford was sworn in as judge on July 1, 1985, after eight-and-a-half years in the state’s attorney’s office and in private practice. In 1994, he was awarded the State of Illinois Outstanding Support Person by MADD. In 2010, the Illinois Traffic Safety Leaders presented Judge Ford with the Joanne Blair Award for exemplary leadership in the area of traffic safety in Illinois. The Department of Psychology at the University of Illinois recognized him as a Distinguished Alumni at its graduation in May 2011. Judge Ford graduated from the University of Illinois College of Law in 1976.