Founder of CASA Movement Passes Away

Judge David W. Soukup, the founder of the court-appointed special advocate/volunteer guardian ad litem (CASA/GAL) movement, passed away in December 2023 at the age of 90.

Concerned over making decisions about abused and neglected children’s lives without sufficient information, Judge Soukup conceived the idea of using carefully screened and trained community volunteers to speak for the best interests of children in court. In 1977, he created a legacy that continues today.

We celebrate the life of Judge Soukup and are grateful for his vision, leadership, and support of the CASA/GAL mission at the local, state, and national levels for over 40 years.

(edited from the memorial tribute at