PROACTIVE JUDGE POLLACK WINS AWARD
Judge Gisele Pollack Earns Lifetime Achievement Award
October 2, 2007 – Judge Gisele Pollack of the 17th Judicial Circuit has earned the Broward County National Recovery Month Committee "Lifetime Achievement Award." This prestigious award is handed out each year to an individual who has made significant contributions to the recovery field.
Judge Pollack began her advocacy as a Public Defender for the Drug Court Division, and was the guiding force behind the establishment of the Misdemeanor Drug Court, towards engaging persons in treatment and recovery efforts early in their substance abuse use to avoid further decompensation. She is Chair-Elect of the Florida Association of Drug Court Professionals, and was recently a panelist on therapeutic jurisprudence in a Misdemeanor Drug Treatment Court at the 30th International Congress on Law and Mental Health in Padua, Italy.
Judge Pollack graduated with a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Miami Law School in 1981. She practiced law for nearly 25 years before being elected as a Broward County Court Judge in 2004. She currently serves as a member of the Board of Governors for the Untied Way of Broward County Commission on Substance Abuse, a board member of the Broward Alcohol and Drug Abuse Advisory Board, a board member of the Boys and Girls Club of Carver Ranches, and an advisory Board Member of the Junior League of Fort Lauderdale, and is also active with many other community drug court organizations.
On September 9, 2005, Judge Pollack created the first Misdemeanor Marijuana Drug Court in the United States in Broward County, Florida.