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The Tribune Society, Inc., of the Courts of New York, is a fraternal organization of African Americans and other minority judicial and non-judicial court personnel. Founded in 1968 by a group of peace officers, its chief objectives are to consistently improve the administration of justice and ensure equal opportunity for all who work in or whom the New York Unified Court System serves. To this end, The Tribune Society seeks to promote and extend diversity on the judiciary and upper echelon non-judicial positions within the NYS Unified Court System. Moreover, we support and promote affirmative action generally to assure equal justice and self-improvement on behalf of our people.

The Tribune Society and its members provide various forums, many geared for young people, to enable the diverse communities and better understand how the court system works. In September 1995, the Educational committee implemented a mentoring program. The program focused on equipping first-year high-school students with a four-year comprehensive academic and a support core curriculum. The support core curriculums included improving self-esteem, providing positive role models, scholarship, and financial aid information. The academic component of the program included Math and English tutoring by Princeton Review instructors.

In celebration of Black History Month, the Tribune Society co-sponsors a program to commemorate the rich heritage of African Americans. The Black History Month program features prominent guest speakers and welcomes the public. In the past years, the program included Rev. Calvin Butts, Les Payne, Professor Derrick Bell, Paul Roberson Jr., Gil Noble, Johnnie L. Cochran, Jr. Esq. Loretta Lynch, Esq. Earl Graves, Star Jones, Esq., Professor Charles Ogletree, Rev. Floyd Flake, Theodore Shaw, Esq., James Earl Jones, Lawrence Otis Graham, Susan Taylor, and Sade Baderinwa.

In 1992, a scholarship was established in memory of Alphonso B. Deal to promote education. Mr. Deal was a Senior Court Clerk and a Tribune member that lost his life while attempting to protect his community. In 2002, we renamed the scholarship fund to include Captain William Thompson, a Tribune member who perished while saving others during the World Trade Center tragedy. Each year outstanding students are selected by the screening committee to receive scholarships. The students are chosen based on their academic merit, talents, and community service. The committee has awarded a total of forty – seven scholarships and twenty-two awards to deserving students.

Our fundraising drives help benefit many charities, which includes the United Negro College Funds, the Cancer Foundation, the Lupus Foundation the Sickle Cell Anemia Foundation, Africare; Feed the Children, The Black United Fund, Exploring New Options Youth Program, Yvonne Brown Foundation, Safe Horizon, and Court Families Assistance Fund. During the year-end holidays, the Tribune Society’s annual Christmas Toy Drive contributes several hundred toys to children centers, local churches, needy families and homeless shelters throughout NYC and Westchester County.

The Tribune Society has spoken out against injustice and for progressive issues concerning the courts and the community. One of the organization’s objectives is career advancement for its members and other minorities in the Unified Court System. The recent appointments now include more African American managers, making court administrators more reflective of our communities. In 1999, an annual career preparation seminar was established to assist in this area. Tribune members regularly offer preparatory classes for court service entrance and promotional examinations. Participants in these courses, which are open to all, consistently attain above-average scores.

The Tribune Society is at the forefront to attain the constitutional ideal of “equality and justice for all.”

Executive Board

Leah Richardson

Leah Richardson

President

Tribune Society member since 1999
Kings Delegate 2005
County Delegate Coordinator 2005-07
Vice President 2007-11 & 2019
Queens Delegate 2015-17

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Leah Richardson

Designation:

President

Department:

Executive Board

Tribune Society member since 1999
Kings Delegate 2005
County Delegate Coordinator 2005-07
Vice President 2007-11 & 2019
Queens Delegate 2015-17

Co- Chair, Tribune Black History Month Committee
Awards Dinner Dance Committee
Education Committee
501c3 Committee

Muhammad Small

Muhammad Small

First Vice President

Tribune Society member since 1997
Sergeant-at-Arms 2005-07
Secretary 2007-09
Second Vice President 2023
Tribune Black History Month Committee
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Muhammad Small Muhammad Small
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Muhammad Small

Designation:

First Vice President

Department:

Executive Board

Tribune Society member since 1997
Sergeant-at-Arms 2005-07
Secretary 2007-09
Second Vice President 2023
Tribune Black History Month Committee
Alphonso B. Deal Scholarship Committee (3 iterations)
Constitution & By-Laws Committee (3 iterations, 1x chair)
Membership Committee (2 iterations, 1x chair)
Awards Dinner Dance Committee
Book Club Committee
Newsletter Committee

Carlton Wallace

Carlton Wallace

Second Vice President

Tribune Society member since 2014
New York Delegate 2021-23
Constitution & By-Laws Committee
Membership Committee (2 iterations, 1x chair)
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Carlton Wallace

Designation:

Second Vice President

Department:

Executive Board

Tribune Society member since 2014
New York Delegate 2021-23
Constitution & By-Laws Committee
Membership Committee (2 iterations, 1x chair)
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Nikwe Huey

Nikwe Huey

Parliamentarian

Tribune Society member since 2000
Chair, Constitution & By-Laws Committee
Westchester Delegate 2005-06
Sergeant-at-Arms 2011-17
Vice President 2017
501c3 Committee
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Nikwe Huey

Designation:

Parliamentarian

Department:

Executive Board

Tribune Society member since 2000
Chair, Constitution & By-Laws Committee
Westchester Delegate 2005-06
Sergeant-at-Arms 2011-17
Vice President 2017
501c3 Committee
Membership Committee
Awards Dinner Dance Committee
2019 Tribune Award Recipient

Nicole D. Bowles, CIA

Nicole D. Bowles, CIA

Treasurer

Tribune Society member since 2006
Financial Secretary 2022
Corresponding Secretary 2023
Chair, 501c3 Committee

Co-Chair, Alphonso B. Deal Scholarship Committee
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Nicole D. Bowles, CIA

Designation:

Treasurer

Department:

Executive Board

Tribune Society member since 2006
Financial Secretary 2022
Corresponding Secretary 2023
Chair, 501c3 Committee

Co-Chair, Alphonso B. Deal Scholarship Committee
Constitution & By-Laws Committee
Membership Committee
2018 FAACSO Tribune Merit Award Recipient

Amoni Brown

Amoni Brown

Financial Secretary

Tribune Society member since 2018
Corresponding Secretary 2021-2023
Chair, Audit Committee
501c3 Committee
Community Outreach Committee
Kings Black History Month Committee
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Amoni Brown

Designation:

Financial Secretary

Department:

Executive Board

Tribune Society member since 2018
Corresponding Secretary 2021-2023
Chair, Audit Committee
501c3 Committee
Community Outreach Committee
Kings Black History Month Committee
Book Club Committee

Nicole M. Beckford

Nicole M. Beckford

Corresponding Secretary

Tribune Society member since 2017
Chair, Technology Committee
Editor-in-Chief, Newsletter
Awards Dinner Dance Committee
Constitution & By-Laws Committee

Nicole M. Beckford Nicole M. Beckford
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Nicole M. Beckford

Designation:

Corresponding Secretary

Department:

Executive Board

Tribune Society member since 2017
Chair, Technology Committee
Editor-in-Chief, Newsletter
Awards Dinner Dance Committee
Constitution & By-Laws Committee

Lissette Morales

Lissette Morales

Recording Secretary

Tribune Society member since 2017
Co-Chair, Alphonso B. Deal Scholarship Committee
Awards Dinner Dance Committee
2023 Tribune Award Recipient

Lissette Morales Lissette Morales
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Lissette Morales

Designation:

Recording Secretary

Department:

Executive Board

Tribune Society member since 2017
Co-Chair, Alphonso B. Deal Scholarship Committee
Awards Dinner Dance Committee
2023 Tribune Award Recipient

Felisha Halwick

Felisha Halwick

New York Delegate

Member since 2004
Membership Committee

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Felisha Halwick

Designation:

New York Delegate

Department:

Executive Board

Member since 2004
Membership Committee

CHANAE FREDERICKS

CHANAE FREDERICKS

Bronx Delegate

Member since 2015
Membership Committee
Bronx Black History Month Committee
Community Outreach Committee
Book Club Committee

CHANAE FREDERICKS CHANAE FREDERICKS
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CHANAE FREDERICKS

Designation:

Bronx Delegate

Department:

Executive Board

Member since 2015
Membership Committee
Bronx Black History Month Committee
Community Outreach Committee
Book Club Committee

MALAIKA ABDUL-WAHEED

MALAIKA ABDUL-WAHEED

Kings Delegate

Member since 2006
Membership Committee
Chair, Toy Drive Committee
Chair, Kings Black History Month Committee
Alphonso B. Deal Scholarship Committee
Awards Dinner Dance Committ...Read More

MALAIKA ABDUL-WAHEED MALAIKA ABDUL-WAHEED
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MALAIKA ABDUL-WAHEED

Designation:

Kings Delegate

Department:

Executive Board

Member since 2006
Membership Committee
Chair, Toy Drive Committee
Chair, Kings Black History Month Committee
Alphonso B. Deal Scholarship Committee
Awards Dinner Dance Committee
Book Club Committee

Tawya Young

Tawya Young

Queens Delegate

Member since 1996
Membership Committee
Education Committee

2023 Tribune BHM Community Service Award

Tawya Young Tawya Young
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Tawya Young

Designation:

Queens Delegate

Department:

Executive Board

Member since 1996
Membership Committee
Education Committee

2023 Tribune BHM Community Service Award

Jasmine Vaden

Jasmine Vaden

Richmond Delegate

Member since 2020
Membership Committee
Awards Dinner Dance Committee
Richmond Black History Month Committee

Jasmine Vaden Jasmine Vaden
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Jasmine Vaden

Designation:

Richmond Delegate

Department:

Executive Board

Member since 2020
Membership Committee
Awards Dinner Dance Committee
Richmond Black History Month Committee

ANGELA MAYNOR

ANGELA MAYNOR

Nassau Delegate

Member since 2006
Membership Committee
Chair, Health & Wellness Committee
Nassau Black History Month Committee

ANGELA MAYNOR ANGELA MAYNOR
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ANGELA MAYNOR

Designation:

Nassau Delegate

Department:

Executive Board

Member since 2006
Membership Committee
Chair, Health & Wellness Committee
Nassau Black History Month Committee

Kim Martin

Kim Martin

Suffolk Delegate

Member since 2019
Membership Committee
Suffolk Black History Month Committee

Kim Martin Kim Martin
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Kim Martin

Designation:

Suffolk Delegate

Department:

Executive Board

Member since 2019
Membership Committee
Suffolk Black History Month Committee

CELESTTE GUZMAN-BIRCH

CELESTTE GUZMAN-BIRCH

Westchester Delegate

Member since 2017
Membership Committee
501c3 Committee
Awards Dinner Dance Committee

CELESTTE GUZMAN-BIRCH CELESTTE GUZMAN-BIRCH
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CELESTTE GUZMAN-BIRCH

Designation:

Westchester Delegate

Department:

Executive Board

Member since 2017
Membership Committee
501c3 Committee
Awards Dinner Dance Committee

Angie Davis Leveritte

Angie Davis Leveritte

Niagara & Erie Delegate

Member since 2016
Membership Committee
Erie Black History Month Committee

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Angie Davis Leveritte

Designation:

Niagara & Erie Delegate

Department:

Executive Board

Member since 2016
Membership Committee
Erie Black History Month Committee

Past Presidents

Kenneth Woods
Raymond Allman
John Toomer
Robert Reaves
William E. Thompson
Randolph W. Titus
Elliot Bass
Roderick Gittens
Barbara A. Cooper
James E. Morton
Kenneth J. Rivers
Richard E. Greenidge
Wilfred E. Trotman
Bruce A. Kenney
Louise Hannibal
Sandra Martin Smith
Patricia A. Parker
Frank S. Pezzella
Edward J. Edmead
Ernest Owens
Roderick E. Randall

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