Valerie M. Cartright was elected in November 2013 and is currently serving her first term as Councilwoman in the Town of Brookhaven. For the past ten years, Ms. Cartright served as a tireless and community-conscious advocate and attorney. Throughout her legal career, she has gained invaluable legal experience in the areas of construction law, insurance defense, general civil and criminal law, civil rights, family, education and labor and employment law. Her affiliation with the Law Offices of Frederick K. Brewington allowed her to make large-scale impacts on the community while serving to preserve the civil rights and liberties of those individuals whose rights have been violated. One of the most fulfilling areas that she has worked invi is the area of Voter Protection, wherein, through her office, she commenced litigation to uphold the Voting Rights Act and worked diligently to prevent unconstitutional and discriminatory denial of voters on Long Island. Ms. Cartright's efforts to protect the rights of voters is not limited to the courtroom. On election days, she visits various communities on Long Island and serves as a legal tool to people in the community, working hand-in-hand with individuals who believe that their right to vote has been violated.
Councilwoman Cartright received her Juris Doctorate from Touro College Jacob D. Fuschberg Law Center in Suffolk County, after receiving her undergraduate degree in International Studies from West Virginia University. During her legal career, she has earned numerous awards for academic excellence, contributions and service to the law school and legal community. She remains steadfast in her commitment to mentoring and coaching law students and was recently recognized as an Alumni Honoree by the Black Law Students Association of Touro Law Center as well as being named the "2008 Public Service Attorney of the Year". She also received the Alumni of the Month award (May 2012) by Touro Law Center for her service to the community.
Councilwoman Cartright is the immediate Past President of the Amistad Long Island Black Bar Association, the former Chairperson of the Civil Rights Committee of the Nassau County Bar Association and the former Chairperson of the Young Lawyers Section (YLS) of the New York State Bar Association. While serving as Chair of the YLS, she published an article in the New York Law Journal, entitled "The Integrity of the American Justice System". She continues to play an integral role in molding the young minds of leaders of today and tomorrow through various mentoring commitments and through her service to and through various community organizations. Councilwoman Cartright is a member of various organizations, which include Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc.-Rho Omega Zeta Chapter, Project Hope-The New Direction, National Coalition of 100 Black Women-Suffolk County Chapter, National Bar Association and New York State Bar Association. On occasion, she serves as a Panelist or Guest Lecturer for Bar Association events, speaking on various legal issues and at various community organization events speaking on community issues. Councilwoman Cartright is also the former Trustee of the Brookhaven Rosa Parks Democratic Association and was recently recognized and honored by the Brookhaven Democratic Committee's Women's Caucus for her service to the community.
In addition to serving as Councilwoman, Ms. Cartright presently serves as an Adjunct Instructor at St. Joseph's College in Patchogue in the Human Services Management and Leadership Master's Program, teaching a "Leadership, Law and Ethics" course.
She is a resident of Port Jefferson Station, a place in which she proudly calls her home.
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