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Judges from National Bar Association head to Brownsville Community Justice Center

July 26, 2019 Rob Abruzzese
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Judges from the National Bar Association Judicial Council were in New York City last week for the organization’s 94th annual convention, and as part of that a group went to Brownsville to check out the Community Justice Center on Tuesday.

There were more than 20 judges in attendance at the event including judges from Brooklyn and other parts of New York City, and from other states like Tennessee, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Georgia and Michigan.

They went to the Brownsville Community Justice Center to meet with staff and learn about how the center, through various initiatives, attempts to invest in local kids by improving their self-sufficiency, but also by improving Brownsville and the surrounding communities.

Hon. Lisa Ottley (left) and Hon. Claudia Daniels-DePeyster.

The justice center also works with police in the community to forge better responses after a crime occurs and offers alternatives to incarceration.

During a two-hour afternoon event, the judges met with program directors, counselors, peer mentors and students who utilize the center.

The National Bar Association was founded in 1925 and it is the oldest network of predominantly African-American attorneys and judges.

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