Hon. Derrick J. Robinson installed as 112th President of the Suffolk County Bar Association (SCBA) by Virtual Zoom Webinar Platform
Judge Robinson is the first African American to be elected president of the SCBA in its history.
The 112th installation of officers and directors, elected by members at the SCBA annual meeting, took place through the Zoom webinar platform on June 5, 2020 in front of an audience of over 400 members, colleagues, friends and family. A most auspicious occasion, because Judge Robinson is the first African-American president to be elected president in its history. Supreme Court Justice the Honorable William G. Ford took him the oath of office.
As Acting County Court Judge, Judge Robinson presides over Suffolk County Substance Abuse Court and Suffolk County Mental Health Court. Prior to becoming a judge, he was the Assistant Attorney General of New York State.
In 2006, Judge Robinson was the Deputy Chief Attorney General for the City of Brookhaven, where he led the litigation group overseeing the prosecution of city ordinance violations and the city’s civil litigation defense. Judge Robinson spent 25 years in the Suffolk County Attorney’s Office, General Litigation Office, to become the County Senior Deputy Attorney.
In May 2019, Judge Robinson was elected president-elect of the Suffolk County Bar Association. As an active member of the SCBA, Judge Robinson has served on the Executive Committee, the Board of Directors, he chaired the Bench Bar and Judicial Selection Committees, as well as a member of the Nominating Committee. He was also a member of the SCBA Professional Ethics and Civility Committee and co-chaired the District Court Committee. He is a member of the New York State Bar Association House of Delegates.
Judge Robinson was the founding president of the Amistad Long Island Black Bar Association and has written extensively and spoken publicly about drug and mental health courts and the importance of diversity in the legal profession.
Judge Robinson graduated from Howard University in Washington, DC, where in 1970 he participated for several weeks, along with 86 other students, in a voter education and registration campaign in Montgomery, Birmingham and Mobile, Alabama. . After graduating from Howard, he graduated from Antioch Law School. He then studied at New York Law School.
Justice Robinson is very active in his community. He supervises young students to enable them to achieve personal development and academic excellence. He is Chairman of the Board of Directors of Keep Your Change (KYC), an academic support group for elementary and secondary school students. He is married to Dr. Pamela C. Allen and is a proud father and grandfather.
To complete the list of officers who have been installed with Judge Robinson: President-elect Daniel J. Tambasco, senior attorney for Gentile & Tambasco, staff lawyer for GEICO, first vice-president Vincent J. Messina, Jr., partner of the Sinnreich, Kosakoff & Messina, LLP, where a significant part of its practice is devoted to litigation before the courts of first instance. Second Vice President Cornell V. Bouse, a solo practitioner who focuses his practice exclusively in the area of criminal law, Treasurer Patrick McCormick, former Dean of the Suffolk Academy of Law, is a senior partner at Campolo, Middleton & McCormick, LLP and our new secretary is the Supreme Court Justice of the County of Suffolk, the Hon. John J. Leo.
The new directors installed on a board of directors of 21 members are: Jarrett M. Behar, with the firm Certiliman, Balin, Adler & Hymann; Catherine E. Miller, Suffolk County Court Arbitrator; David R. Okrent, a solo practitioner and Daniel A. Russo, Suffolk County Administrator 18-b.
The officers and directors were sworn in by the Hon. Hector D. LaSalle, NY Supreme Court, Appellate Division, Second Judicial Department.
The Suffolk County Bar Association, founded in 1908 to serve the needs of the local legal community and the public, is a professional association made up of 3,000 lawyers and judges. The Law Academy is the educational arm of the SCBA, the Speakers Bureau provides lecturers on a wide variety of legal topics to schools, civic organizations and libraries. The Lawyer Referral Service provides 24-hour access to an online Lawyer Referral Service, through which the public can be referred to lawyers with expertise in various areas of law, the pro bono project which provides legal services to disadvantaged people, such as the Charity Foundation whose mission is dedicated to the welfare and functioning of children in Suffolk County. For more information, call the SCBA at (631) 234-5511.