By Clyde Hughes | AC JosepH Media
ATLANTIC CITY — Retired Judge Jason Witcher will be receiving two awards over the next four months, one from an organization at Rutgers University-Camden Law School and the other from the Camden County East NAACP.
Witcher, the former Millville Municipal Court judge who made national headlines for his stance against the discrimination of Hispanic defendants in court schedules, will be honored with the Champions of Social Justice and Equality Award on Jan. 12 by the Rutgers Law School-Camden Black Law Students Association.
He will be recognized with attorneys Georgette Miller, in Cherry Hill, and Shaka Johnson, in Philadelphia.
Jasmyn Montgomery, president of the Black Law Students Association, said her members and the faculty were impressed with Witcher’s principled stand to right what he saw as discrimination in Millville court.
Witcher received considerable backlash from the state judiciary over the stance and he resigned in August over that pressure.
“What Judge Witcher did means a lot to the future generation of lawyers coming into the field knowing that we can still stand up for what is right and to make a difference,” Montgomery said. “We applaud that.”
The event will take place at The Merion in Cinnaminson, from 6:30-11:30 p.m.
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“This is a wonderful opportunity to get together, celebrate our community, and honor three distinguished individuals who embody the spirit of the great Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.,” the Black Law Students Association said in a statement.
Witcher will also receive the NAACP Valor Award at the Camden East NAACP Visionary Awards on April 27 at Paris Caterers, 281 Cross Keys Road, in Berlin. It is the highest honor the chapter gives annually.
“We want to present you with our NAACP Valor Award for your courage, strength and sacrifice in exposing racial injustice within our community,” said Camden County East President Lloyd D. Henderson.
“It is in great part because of you that more people see the need to take a visible stand for civil rights and human rights. Your dedicated commitment and great sacrifice have not gone unnoticed,” he added.
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