Court LogoSuperior Court of California, County of San Joaquin
Stockton Branch, Administration
222 E. Weber Avenue, Room 303
Stockton, CA 95202
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEContact:Leanne Kozak, PIO
Date: 03/29/2002Voice: (209) 468-8120
Pager: (209) 982-8528

NEWS RELEASE

Award Winning Court-Community Program Graduation

When: Thursday, April 4, 2002 7:00pm

Where: Jury Assembly Room, Superior Court, Stockton

18 representatives from the ethnic, immigrant and disabled communities in San Joaquin County are graduating from a one-of-a-kind training program that equips people to serve as active liaisons between the court and their communities. The program recently won an innovation award from the judicial Council of California.

Graduates of the Court-Community Leadership Academy are now able to answer questions in their communities about the justice system - or they’ll know how to find the answers. Graduates will also meet regularly with San Joaquin County Superior Court judges to discuss court-related problems and concerns in their communities.

“This graduation represents a significant achievement for Academy participants,” according to Judge William J. Murray, Jr., coordinator of the program. “These folks have invested many long, hard hours of study, so that they can be of better service to their communities. The court is proud to have facilitated that dedication.”

Academy graduation culminates a vigorous17-week curriculum. Participants attended one 3-hour class per week, on topics related to the justice system like “Criminal Law,” “Small Claims,” “Family Law,” “Traffic Laws,” “Jury Service,” and others. Classes were taught by Superior Court judges and other justice system professionals. Participants also went on field trips to the County Jail, Juvenile Hall, local courts, and the Third District Court of Appeal in Sacramento.

The Court-Community Leadership Academy is part of the San Joaquin County Superior Court’s community-focused court planning efforts.

African-American Community
Atterbury, Thel L., Black Employees Association, SUSD
Brooks-Perry, Brenda Rai, Black Employees Association, SUSD
Gray, Lavenna R., NAACP - Stockton Branch
Jones, Mary Ethel, Tracy African American Association
Cambodian Community
Koeurt, Sovanna, Asian Pacific Self-Development and Residential Association
Ros, Samphan, Catholic Charities
Nuon, Linda N., Southeast Asian Outreach worker
Disabled Community
McClure, Elizabeth, SMART, CARDS, SSTAC, Seifert Center
Hmong and Lao Community
Her, Cheng, Lao Family Community of Stockton
Lee, Charles, Lao Family Community of Stockton
Phovixay, Sidaphone Anna, Lao Khmu Association
Thao, Gee, Lao Family Community of Stockton
Latino Community
Bautista, Armando, Council for the Spanish Speaking
Mendoza, Ray Alfonso, Council for the Spanish Speaking
Casillas, Veronica, California Human Development Corp.
Guerrero, Raul, Council for the Spanish Speaking
Perez, Enrique E., California Human Development Corp.
Vietnamese Community
Doan, Tanh Quoc, Office of Substance Abuse