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Chautauquan, retired judge Rocker writes legal, philosophical thriller

Chautauquan, retired judge Rocker writes legal, philosophical thriller

Linda Rocker’s first novel, Punishment: A Legal Thriller, begins with a bang.

“The book opens with a bombing,” Rocker said, which shakes the West Palm Beach courthouse where much of the book’s plot takes place.

After enrolling in a writing course at Chautauqua, Rocker took the chapters she had begun in Cleveland and began crafting them into a book, which will be the first of a trilogy.

“I suddenly realized that I had a lot to say, and I could say it through character,” she said. “Without Chautauqua, I’m not sure I ever would have finished this book.”

The book is for sale in the Chautauqua Bookstore, and Rocker will sign copies today from 12 to 12:30 p.m. in the Author’s Alcove, celebrating the Institution that gave her the gift of time and place to write her novel about legal intrigue, coming of age and the morality of punishment.

Judge Claire to share family courts’ ability to break cycle of addiction

Judge Claire to share family courts’ ability to break cycle of addiction

Sometimes citizens are looking so far away for leaders they miss those in plain sight.

Chautauqua County Family Court Judge Judith S. Claire is a perfect example. She is a leader, not because she is the first and only woman to serve as a countywide judge, nor because of her many awards, including the 2012 Howe A. Levine Award for Excellence in Juvenile Justice and Child Welfare. She is a leader because in 2003, she saw the need to help parents convicted of child neglect and designed a program that alters the prosecutorial role of the courtroom to one of possible rehabilitation. Though the focus of the Chautauqua County Family Treatment Drug Court is the convicted parent, the program’s impetus was Claire’s concern at the number of babies born with drug addiction in the county.

At the 9:15 a.m. Chautauqua Speaks program Thursday at the Chautauqua Women’s Clubhouse, Claire will describe the role of “Family Treatment Drug Courts. “