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Teen Court History

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Teen Court History

Teen Court of Otero County was formed in 1993 with the help of Bert Atkins, George Bowers, Renee Holmes, Judy Pengall, Jack Mastenbrook, Bernice Bryant, and Theo Livingston. Bert Atkins, who was born in Alamogordo, NM, began practicing law in Alamogordo in 1981. He has held the position of Assistant District Attorney and Public Defender, and was elected to District Attorney in 1988. In 1992 he became president of the District Attorney Association. In February of 1993 Mr. Atkins went to a Juvenile Justice Conference in San Diego. The item of discussion was Teen Courts. Mr. Atkins brought the idea back to Otero County and proceeded to pull together key people and establish a Teen Court in Alamogordo that same year. George Bowers, a retired military veteran since 1970, joined the Teen Court team on the invitation of District Attorney Atkins after attending a Teen Court Briefing from the Silver City Coordinator. After several weeks of training and attending meetings the first Teen Court was held at the former Magistrate Court building on New York Avenue. George accepted responsibility of Community Service Coordinator and contacted agencies and businesses that would use the teen offenders for community service. George also coordinated with the local attorneys to act as judges on court days, and would fill in for the judges in the event they could not make it. George currently serves as a permanent judge for Teen Court.

George Bowers- Teen Court Judge