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Brooklyn courts’ summer Internship Program comes to an end

August 22, 2016 Rob Abruzzese Brooklyn Daily Eagle
After nearly two months the Kings County Courts Student Employment and Internship Program is finished.  Photos courtesy of Kings County Courts.
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The best of the students from the Kings County Courts Student Employment and Internship Program were honored with awards for their excellent efforts as student-interns during the annual awards ceremony, which was held at the Supreme Court on Jay Street in Downtown Brooklyn on Wednesday, Aug. 10.

“This has been one of the best group of interns that I have seen come through this building,” Justice Matthew D’Emic remarked. “People have noticed because there are good reports about all of you circulating around this building.”

D’Emic, Hon. Deborah Dowling, Chief Clerk Daniel Alessandrino, Chief Clerk Charles Small, Chief Michael Magliano, Capt. Michael Losi and Matthew Walker were on hand to honor the students.

“The awards ceremony was absolutely fantastic,” said Charmaine Johnson, who ran the summer internship program. “The kids looks so happy and proud to be finished with their journey. I think they learned a lot and I hope they had fun.”

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It was the first year that Charmaine Johnson ran the program since Izetta Johnson retired and passed away last year. Everyone wore yellow and black ribbons during the ceremony to remember Izetta.

“I had some big shoes to fill,” Charmaine said of Izetta. “I was just looking to continue her name and legacy as best I could. Sometimes that meant that I had to work a little late, sometimes it meant I had to work a lot late, but it was a rewarding challenge and luckily I had some angels to help me.”

Johnson named Justice Dowling, Justice Robin Sheares, Justice Genine Edwards, Betty Gonzalez, Leah Richardson, Rod Randall, Harold Williams and many others as her “angels.”

Johnson was given the task of running the program with only a few weeks to prepare. D’Emic made sure to commend her on the job well done, especially under the circumstances.

“Congratulations are certainly due to Charmaine Johnson on the success of the program in her first year,” D’Emic said. “It is so important to carry on the great work of Izetta Johnson, who loved the students so much.”


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