(KINGSLAND) Judge Rob Hofmann, the Judge assigned to the Texas Child Protection Court of the Hill Country has been named the 2011 Big Voice for Little Texans Judge of the Year by Texas Court Appointed Special Advocates (Texas CASA). CASA for the Highland Lakes Area is the local program of Texas CASA.“The abused and neglected children of the State of Texas are lucky to have Judge Hofmann in their corner,” said Barbie Ott, Program Manager for CASA for the Highland Lakes. “Working with him for as many years as we have, we know no one more deserves to be recognized for his dedication and service to the abused and neglected children in this state.”The Child Protective Court of the Hill Country has jurisdiction over all child abuse and neglect cases in twelve counties covering over 10,000 square miles in the Texas Hill Country.CASA for the Highland Lakes Area, covers five of Judge Hofmann’s counties (Blanco, Burnet, Llano, Lampasas, and San Saba) and recruits, trains, and supervises court-appointed volunteers to advocate for children who come into the court system as a result of abuse and neglect. Said Ott, “As a result of Judge Hofmann’s professional demeanor and judicial compassion, CASA Volunteers know that when they speak as the voice for these children throughout the judicial process, they are heard, and their opinions are respected. Judge Hofmann includes CASA as an integral part of the decision making process, and in doing so, helps to protect those that are most vulnerable.” Hofmann, a seventh generation resident of Mason County, Texas, and is a graduate of Texas A&M University and Texas Tech University School of Law. He and his wife Shannon have a seven-year-old daughter and a three-year-old adopted son.