August 07, 2017

2017 ABA Commission on Domestic and Sexual Violence award recipients announced

WASHINGTON, Aug. 7, 2017 — The American Bar Association Commission on Domestic & Sexual Violence has chosen two recipients, the Hon. Carroll Kelly and Carol Robles-Román, to receive its 2017 Kaye and Corbitt awards. These annual awards are for outstanding work on behalf of victims of domestic violence, stalking and sexual assault. 

The awards will be presented at an annual awards breakfast hosted by the commission and Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP on Friday, Aug. 11, from 8:30-10 a.m. at the offices of Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP,
767 5th Ave., New York.

The Judith S. Kaye Award for Judicial Excellence honors an individual judicial officer who has demonstrated exemplary leadership in the development of appropriate courtroom responses to the issues of domestic and sexual violence. The Sharon L. Corbitt Award recognizes a lawyer who has demonstrated exemplary service to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking.

The 2017 Judith S. Kaye Award for Judicial Excellence recipient:

Carroll Kelly is the administrative judge for the 11th Judicial Circuit of Miami-Dade County’s Domestic Violence Division and has served there for 18 years. She received her bachelor’s degree from St. Lawrence University and received her J.D. from the University of Miami School of Law.  Judge Kelly lectures extensively on topics including domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking and mindfulness. She is an adjunct professor at the University of Miami School of Law. She is the former president of the Conference of County Court Judges in the state of Florida. She is the chair of the 11th Judicial Circuit’s Domestic Violence Coordinating Council, the Miami-Dade County Domestic Violence Court Operations Council and Florida’s Judicial Mock Trial program.  In 2015, Judge Kelly co-founded the Florida Institute on Interpersonal Violence, which has been presented in 14 regional locations throughout Florida. She serves as a committee member of the Miami-Dade Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Council; the Florida Supreme Court’s Steering Committee on Families and Children in the Courts and the Family Violence and Domestic Relations Advisory Committee of the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges.

The 2017 Sharon L. Corbitt Award recipient:

Carol Robles-Román is president and CEO of Legal Momentum, a renowned national civil rights organization that leads action with big cities and organizations in gender justice, personal safety and access to justice reform. Most recently, Legal Momentum initiated high-profile legal actions on behalf of exploited women and girls in the areas of sex trafficking and sextortion. This work is featured in the new documentary, “I am Jane Doe” about teen victims of online sex trafficking and their quest for justice. Robles-Román co-chairs the New York City Council Young Women’s Initiative Advisory Council and the Equal Rights Amendment Coalition’s Legal Task Force and is a 2015 Ford Foundation Public Voices Fellow. She is also a Vital Voices Global Ambassador. Currently, she is on the boards of the Women’s Forum of New York, the National Association of Women Lawyers and Veteran Feminists of America, as well as a member of the National Football League Working Group. As deputy mayor for legal affairs and counsel to New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg for 12 years, Robles-Román oversaw 13 agencies and led the city’s efforts to combat domestic violence and human trafficking by creating Family Justice Centers and the Let’s Call an End to Human Trafficking citywide initiative. A lifelong New Yorker, Robles-Román holds a J.D. from New York University School of Law and a B.A. from Fordham University. 

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