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THE SEMINOLE COUNTY BAR ASSOCIATION recently presented its 2000 Lifetime Achievement Award to Circuit Judge Gene R. Stephenson. This award is given annually to a member of the SCBA whose service and contributions over the years have greatly benefitted the bar and community. Judge Stephenson's contributions have brought about many changes and innovations to the juvenile justice system. During his tenure on the juvenile bench, he implemented programs such as PILOT (Problems in the Lives of Teens) and Children Making Choices," a preventative program involving field trips for local fifth-graders to tour the juvenile facility, the adult jail and sit in on court hearings. Judge Stephenson also was largely responsible for bringing the Juvenile Assessment Center to Seminole County and has worked with the Seminole County School Board, Department of Juvenile Justice, and local area police chiefs in implementing an interagency agreement which allows all agencies to work together to keep each other advised regarding a ch ild's arrest and subsequent disposition. He is currently spearheading the development of Drug Court for Seminole County. Pictured presenting the award is Seminole Bar Association President Gene Stephenson.
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Publication:Florida Bar News
Date:Sep 1, 2000
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