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,
Mr. Brummer was recognized for his long-standing dedication to raising the
level of professionalism of the Public Defenders 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 doesnt end in the courtroom; it goes out into the community and
involves families and the schools. We are providing a realistic basis for
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 Defenders Office have
unmet special educational needs.
Leroy Jones, NANAs 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 cant help what hes doing. Its 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.