NANA recognizes Public Defender Bennett H. Brummer for his outstanding service to our community

Miami, FL — The Neighbors and Neighbors Association (NANA), a grass-roots organization working to improve economic conditions, honored Public Defender Bennett H. Brummer at its annual service awards banquet Sunday, September 26.

Mr. Brummer was recognized for his long-standing dedication to raising the level of professionalism of the Public Defender’s Office.

"I am very moved by this recognition of my efforts to serve the community," Mr. Brummer said. "On a daily basis we strive to make the criminal justice system more responsive to the needs of the people it serves. Our job doesn’t end in the courtroom; it goes out into the community and involves families and the schools. We are providing a realistic basis for hope."

Mr. Brummer is developing innovative strategies that take a broader view of his clients’ interests as part of his Anti-Violence Initiative (AVI). Through the AVI, the Public Defender seeks to help clients lead law-abiding lives by developing more constructive and effective treatment and sentencing options.

The Public Defender suggested that the nearly 150 people at the banquet encourage the public schools to provide the special education programs and services their children are legally entitled to receive.

Many of the juveniles represented by the Public Defender’s Office have unmet special educational needs.

Leroy Jones, NANA’s executive director, also was honored for his hard work and commitment to improving the quality of life in his community.

"Leroy is an advocate for his community," Miami Commissioner Joe Sanchez said. "He is a strong voice for his people at the city, county and even state level."

Added Dr. Willie Robinson, former president of Florida Memorial College: "Mr. Jones can’t help what he’s doing. It’s in him. He is one outstanding creation of the Creator."

Jones said he was deeply touched by the testimonials he received at the banquet. "When people who live where you live and struggle like you struggle do this for you . . . .nothing can top this."

NANA also recognized the contributions of Claudette Freeman, an aide to Miami-Dade Commissioner Barbara Carey-Shuler.

  

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