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Criminal Bar Association to honor Judge Joseph Gubbay at awards dinner

March 5, 2019 By Rob Abruzzese Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Hon. Joseph Gubbay, acting justice of the Brooklyn Supreme Court and presiding justice of the Treatment Court. Eagle file photos by Rob Abruzzese

The Kings County Criminal Bar Association recently announced its honorees for its annual dinner dance that takes place at Giando on the Water in Williamsburg on Saturday, April 13.

The group will honor four people from the legal community this year, including Hon. Joseph Gubbay, acting justice of the Supreme Court, Criminal Term and presiding judge of the Brooklyn Treatment Court, who will receive the Gustin L. Reichbach Judicial Recognition Award.

Judge Gubbay will join an exclusive list of jurists who have received the Gustin L. Reichbach Judicial Recognition Award. Last year, the award was given to Hon. Dineen A. Riviezzo, who oversaw the Youth Part prior to the implementation of Raise the Age, and the year prior the recipient was Hon. Michael Gary.

The other honorees include David Z. Klestzick, executive district attorney, with the Robert N. Kaye Memorial Award; Denise Perez, deputy chief clerk at the Criminal Court, with the Non-Judicial Court Employee Award; and attorney Gregory S. Watts will be the Person of the Year.

The annual dinner is one of the main methods that the Criminal Bar Association uses to raise money throughout the year that helps to pay for things like its monthly meetings, its charitable donations and its annual scholarship awarded to a Brooklyn Law School student.

Last year, the KCCBA donated money to the YWCA of Brooklyn, a group that serves victims of domestic violence by finding them housing, as well as to Families Rising, part of the New York Foundling, which helps children charged with crimes.

The KCCBA’s scholarship, named for Justice Ruth Moskowitz, a former judge in the Kings County Supreme Court and the mother of KCCBA past President Robert Gerson, is an annual $2,500 stipend that was given to BLS student Aleksandra Ciric.

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