Judge Robert Russell is an Associate Judge for Buffalo City Court and serves by appointment as an Acting Erie County Court Judge. In January of 2008, Judge Russell created and began presiding over the nation's first Veterans Treatment Court. The National Vietnam Veterans of America awarded Judge Russell with the Vietnam Veterans of America 2010 Achievement Medal. Also, The National Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States awarded Judge Russell with the 2010 James E. Dan Zandt Citizenship Award.
Prior to his service as a Treatment Court Judge for veterans, he created Buffalo's Drug Treatment Court in December 1995 and continues to serve as its Presiding Judge. In addition, in December 2002, he established and began presiding over Buffalo's Mental Health Treatment Court. This court oversees treatment cases involving individuals diagnosed with severe mental illness. The National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI), an advocacy organization for the mentally ill, has awarded Judge Russell the Nancy D. Smith Memoriam Award. Also, the Mental Health Association of Erie County has awarded Judge Russell with the Professional Service Award.
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