DeKalb County District Attorney Robert James will be honored with the “My Brother’s Keepers” award by the National Bar Association on Saturday, July 26. James will receive the award during National Bar Association’s 89th Annual Convention, held at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in Atlanta.
“When I first decided to run for public office, I ran with the idea that I could not only prosecute cases but that I could, in some way, make a difference in my community,” said James. “We all share the burden of ensuring a brighter future for the next generation. It is my sincere hope and prayer that together we can minimize the numerous hurdles facing our young people.”
The National Bar Association has partnered with 100 Black Men of America, National Organization of Black Law Enforcement, local fraternity chapters and public officials for this year’s community education initiative. The National Bar Association’s convention will include various programs for middle school, high school and college-aged young people. Various convention seminars will teach young attendees how to interact with police officers and deal with various life challenges.
James was recently honored by the DeKalb County Board of Commissioners for his work in creating the Anti-Recidivism Court (ARC) for first-time, non-violent offenders. The ARC program is just one of many initiatives led by James to impact youths and young adults.
“We have to be deliberate in our approach to stopping the revolving door of recidivism and curbing criminal behavior and activity in our neighborhoods,” said James. “I don’t mind thinking outside of the box to keep kids from a life of incarceration in the ‘box.’”
According to the National Bar Association, the “My Brother’s Keeper” award is given to a person who consistently works to improve the opportunity gaps faced by boys and young men of color.
“I truly believe education is the foundation for minimizing the various disparities plaguing our youth,” said James. “I am honored and humbled by this tremendous recognition.”