MY EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE
When I graduated from High School and went to Cornell, I remember feeling overwhelmed and started to doubt myself. When I graduated from Cornell University, I came out older an stronger and most importantly, I believed in myself and wanted to make a difference.
When I enrolled in Albany Law School, I knew that I did not want to be a paper pusher, I wanted to help people. I watched my family discussed legal issues with worry and fear and I knew that I wanted to take that fear away.
As a Judge for Spring Valley I have observed many individuals coming in my court room with fear in their eyes. I again wanted to take that fear away and let them know that although I am wearing the robe, we
are all Humans, and everyone will be treated with decency and respect.
As a Judge I have been honored by many organizations and municipalities due to my work in the community – where I hosted legal forums for the community and spoke to local high school students about their dreams and aspirations. My most proud moment is when I participated in a “What to do when stopped by the police for the local high school students” I have been recognized by the Village of Spring Valley, Town of Ramapo, Haitian American Nurses Association in Rockland County, Haitian American Community Social Organization and the New York State Assembly and many more.
As an attorney for over 20 years I have represented many individuals who initially met me with fear and worry. Again I right away tell my new clients that we are in this together and you will be treated with decency and respect and most importantly you will understand your case and your legal options to make an informed decision.
I have had the opportunity to educate and empower people to know and understand their rights. I conducted multiple forums including “What to do when stopped by the police” for our local high school students. I also had the opportunity to run “Drug Court” and really try to make a systematic change.
As a community member I sponsored a “Family Fun Day” and presented information about the law. It was a fun day with many friends and supporters, and we had the local Haitian band providing entertainment for the community.