Courtney Dixon grew up in the small town of Maybrook, New York. After the endless number of arguments on the playground, Courtney decided at the age of six that the courtroom would one day become her second home.
After graduating from high school, Courtney made the decision to leave home to attend James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia. There she became a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated, through which she assisted in planning campus-wide events and participating in service projects for the community. During the summer of 2008, Courtney traveled with classmates to Ghana, Africa where she traveled around the country, learned about Ghanaian life and culture, and also taught Mathematics and English at the Glona School to children ages ten through sixteen. Courtney graduated from JMU with her B.A. in Communication Studies, with a focus on Conflict Analysis and Intervention.
Following her college years, Courtney traveled to Charlotte, North Carolina to attend Charlotte School of Law. After a year of southern living, Courtney elected to move to Washington, D.C. to attend UDC David A. Clarke School of Law, where she graduated with her Juris Doctor. During her years at UDC, Courtney was involved in two clinics. In the Juvenile and Special Education Clinic Courtney represented students, and parents of students, who had been denied their special education services by District of Columbia Public Schools. The second clinic that she participated in was the HIV/AIDS Family Law Clinic. Courtney was faced with two groups of clients. One set of clients were individuals who were infected with or affected by HIV or AIDS. She represented these individuals in District of Columbia Superior Court to handle family planning issues such as custody and adoption. Her second set of clients were parents who were alleged to be neglectful or abusive to their children. Courtney represented those clients in District of Columbia Superior Court to help keep or return their children home.
Prior to being hired at Brooklyn Defender Services, Courtney interned with the Maryland Office of the Public Defender in La Plata, MD. There she represented individuals charged with misdemeanor offenses in District Court. The experiences she garnered gave her a solid foundation and solidified her desire to become a public defender.
Courtney currently resides in upstate New York, with her Yorkshire Terrier, Romeo. She is both eager and excited to be working for Brooklyn Defender Services.
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