In 1981, one year after graduating from Gannon University with a B.A. in Political Science, H. James Curry, Jr. worked for approximately ten years as a paralegal at the Queens County Legal Aid Society in the Criminal Defense Division. He obtained his Juris Doctorate at St. John’s University School of Law in New York City.
After graduation, he visited his father in Miami-Dade where he met and married Ginette Curry. At that time, he was introduced to the Department of Juvenile Justice. The Department’s mission of helping troubled youth appealed to him. In 1991, he was hired as a Juvenile Probation Officer. Four years later, he took and passed the Florida Bar. He was appointed as Attorney and reappointed as Senior Attorney. He has been employed by the State of Florida at the Department of Juvenile Justice for 22 years. During that time, he has practiced as Legal Counsel to the Secretary of the Department. Now, he seeks to expand his ability to support his community in Broward County.
His responsibilities have included advice on contracts, employee relations, statutory interpretation, negotiations with the State Attorney, Police Department, Court Administration, Judges and Contracted Programs. He has prosecuted hundreds of status offenders and has provided legal representation for the Department before the Bench on its responsibility in implementing services and reporting to the Court on juvenile delinquents. Over the years, he has demonstrated his problem solving ability by working out hundreds of cases. Legal reasoning as well as successfully navigating multiple agencies has been an important part of his daily duties. His other strengths are effectively educating and articulating to various members of the community the statutory responsibilities of the Department of Juvenile Justice. As a member of the Office of General Counsel, he has been faced with problems that come up unexpectedly and he has dealt with them quickly. He has the ability to determine exactly how to distinguish a legal matter from those concerns which might be best addressed outside the judicial system. As an attorney, he has been mindful of his clients’ interests when implementing a strategy. In a large agency, it is not always apparent due to departmentalization.
Lastly, he has a keen sense of how an organization should function within the framework of government. Indeed, his skills will allow him to make judgments that realistically reflect community values when he serves on the Bench.