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Hon. Derrick J. Robinson, '78 1st African American Pres. of the Suffolk County, NY Bar Assn.

Monday, June 29, 2020  
Posted by: Joe Libertelli
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Our congratulations to Hon. Derrick J. Robinson, '78 who has been elected by the Suffolk County (NY) Bar Association (SCBA) to serve as its first African American President at the organization's 112th installation of officers and directors.

The following is from the news story:

"As Acting County Court Judge, Judge Robinson presides over the Suffolk County Drug Court and the Suffolk County Mental Health Court.  Prior to becoming a Judge, he was a New York State Assistant Attorney General.
In 2006, Judge Robinson was the Chief Deputy Town Attorney for the Town of Brookhaven where he was the head of the Litigation group supervising the prosecution of town ordinance violations and town civil litigation defense.  Judge Robinson spent 25 years in the Suffolk County Attorney’s Office, General Litigation Bureau rising to Principal Assistant County Attorney.
In May 2019, Judge Robinson was elected President Elect of the Suffolk County Bar Association.  As an active member of the SCBA, Judge Robinson has served as a member of the Executive Committee, the Board of Directors, he chaired the Bench Bar and the Judicial Screening Committees, as well as a member of the Nominating Committee.  He also served as a member of the SCBA’s Professional Ethics & Civility Committee and co-chaired the District Court Committee.  He is a member of the New York State Bar Association’s House of Delegates.
Judge Robinson was the founding President of the Amistad Long Island Black Bar Association and has written numerous articles and has spoken publicly about the Drug and Mental Health Courts and the importance of diversity in the legal profession.
Judge Robinson is a graduate of Howard University in Washington, D.C., where in 1970 he participated for several weeks, with 86 other students, in a voter education and registration drive in Montgomery, Birmingham and Mobile, Alabama. After graduating Howard, he graduated from the Antioch School of Law. He later studied at New York Law School.
Judge Robinson is very active in his community. He mentors young students to achieve personal growth and academic excellence. He serves as Chair of the Board of Directors of “Keep Your Change” (KYC),a student academic support group for elementary and high school students. He is married to Dr. Pamela C. Allen and is a proud father, and grandfather."


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