Les Schmaltz, in his six years of working as a court appointed advocate, became known for his commitment to cases, even working on them when on trips in Africa. He approached cases head-on, even when they required collaboration between two different states, such as one case that involved both Texas CASA programs and those in South Carolina. When working with a young girl who frequently ran away from placements, he drove out and looked for her on several occasions. He then argued for her to receive proper mental health care instead of being immediately placed back with her mother. She was subsequently placed in a residential treatment center and improved daily. Les now works cases as a team with his wife, a partnership that he says helps to add different perspectives.
Les Schmaltz was our Outstanding Volunteer of the Year in 2009.