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.


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  • 10/2/2007 4:33 PM Real Former APD wrote:
    Brava Gisele. She was always a pleasure to work with at the PD's Office and has been a pleasure to practice in front of the few times I have had that opportunity.
  • 10/2/2007 4:45 PM Anonymous wrote:
    "first Misdemeanor Marijuana Drug Court"

    we're #1! we're #1!

    if we could get a misdemeanor cocaine court, that would be something
  • 10/2/2007 8:42 PM Anonymous wrote:
    Great job Gisele!!!!
  • 10/3/2007 7:23 AM Sheriff Dhanji? wrote:
    State panelist seeks job of interim Broward sheriff

    A member of the Florida Commission on Human Relations who has tried to helped the Broward County judiciary improve diversity awareness has applied for the post of interim Broward sheriff.

    Shahrukh Dhanji is the most recent of 13 applicants seeking to fill the sheriff's job until the November 2008 election. Gov. Charlie Crist has not indicated when he will appoint an interim sheriff.

    Dhanji is a consultant who makes real estate investments and previously served in the U.S Naval Reserve. The 40-year-old Coconut Creek resident is a Democrat.

    ''I am able to bridge the two different political parties,'' Dhanji said. ``I think I am a consensus builder.''

    Crist appointed Maj. Al Lamberti as acting sheriff in September after Ken Jenne resigned. Jenne pleaded guilty to mail fraud and tax evasion.

    Lamberti is among the applicants for the interim job and many observers expect him to get it, because he is a respected law enforcement official and, like Crist, is a Republican.

    Earlier this year, Dhanji released recommendations to improve diversity awareness among Broward's judges, including adding more sensitivity training and giving the judiciary's diversity board more power. The diversity board grew out of complaints about insensitive comments judges made about defendants.
  • 10/3/2007 8:13 AM Anonymous wrote:
    Sheriff Dhanji, that name will go quite far on a ballot in Broward
  • 10/3/2007 2:53 PM Bong Hits 4 Jesus wrote:
    An award for spending money setting up a court that helps people stop smoking weed. What a waste of time. Who are you trying to kid, the only reason people elect to do this court is to avoid an adjudication so their license will not be suspended. They wait, get the withheld, and go back to hitting the pipe.
  • 10/3/2007 3:05 PM Fake Jesus wrote:
    The Marijuana Drug Court could be filled with former and current APDs, and not just as advocates for the clients.

    And by the way, please stop doing Bong Hits for Me. Have some shrooms instead.
  • 10/3/2007 5:44 PM APD wrote:
    Thank god Howard saved us from all those former unethical do anything to plea out a case pot head pd's. Our focus now is on the ethical treatment of our clients and goo clean living through yoga.
  • 10/4/2007 11:10 AM Bong Hits 4 Jesus wrote:
    Bong Hits 4 Jesus say: He who denieth hitting the pipe is either a liar or, if not lying, will be cast out into the utter darkness where there will be lots of stoners enjoying BBQ.
  • 10/4/2007 12:23 PM Old Timer wrote:
    Is there a big jam band out there now that the Dead and Phish are kaput? Who are the kiddies following around these days?
  • 10/4/2007 12:38 PM Anonymous wrote:
    10/4/2007 11:23 AM Old Timer wrote:
    Is there a big jam band out there now that the Dead and Phish are kaput? Who are the kiddies following around these days?

    The Dave Matthews Band is the new Dead. Fans follow him all over the country (i.e. Red Rocks, The Gorge, Piedmont Park, Central Park, etc...). Dave even plays a mean version of Watchtower. LOL

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