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“Hello, my Name is Judge William L. Dawson and I’m a man from East Cleveland who has endured life’s temptations, its’ ups and downs and its’ tragedies.” That’s normally the introduction for those involved in treatment programs across this country. I submit that we all, at one time or another, need treatment. Whether we are dealing with a life changing event, or the ripple effect of someone else’s actions, we all can use some words of wisdom every now and then. This column, “Real Talk with Judge Dawson,” will be a treatment and empowerment tool. After more than 11 years as a criminal defense attorney, and now as a Judge, my mission is to use every ounce of my body to help people be the best that they can be. With that in mind, in the year 2013, staying out of jail has become a science. It truly takes knowledge and action to avoid the untimely event of an arrest. So as Judge of the East Cleveland Municipal Court, I have created programs and procedures that will aid in the ability to avoid negative interaction with the legal system. The Science of Staying Out of Jail: 1. Do The Right Thing - The easiest way to stay out of jail is this, “Don’t break the law.” Sounds simple, but as we all know, it’s easier said than done. From driving charges to relationship charges, staying out of the legal system is getting harder, but if you aim to do the right thing you’ll be on the right track. 2. Finish First – “Finish First” is my favorite theory. In fact, you’ll be hearing a lot about “Finish First” in future columns. The bottom line is that you must “Begin with the End in Mind!” That means, think about the future outcome or result of your actions before you begin. 3. Know Who Holds The Ball – In every sport, the person holding the ball is the person in control. The other team is forced to play defense or try to take the ball. In the science of jail avoidance, the same holds true. The people with the ball are in control. So who’s holding the ball? The police officers (who have the power to charge and arrest you), the prosecutor (who prosecutes you for the offense) and the judge (who can put you in jail). It doesn’t matter how much you want to control your legal situations, you don’t. Understanding that you don’t control the ball will keep you from unnecessary negative results. 4. Comply, comply, comply - When an officer or the Court tells you to do something, it is always in your best interest to do it. Now, of course we all have rights, but the key is to know when to assert those rights or, in other words, when to fight the “I have rights” battle. When an officer or the Court tells you to do something, just do it and fight it later.

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Real Talk with Judge Dawson Week of October 29, 2014

Domestic Violence Awareness Month is not popularized like some of the other movements for advancement and change. In fact, I've mentioned before that, many of the hard-core supporters of civil rights, advancement and justice are secretly victims of domestic violence, the perpetrators or people who look the other way. I ...

Real Talk with Judge Dawson Week of October 15, 2014

We have to get tired of the abuse! Domestic violence awareness is not as popular as other awareness movements simply because either you've never be subjected to the horror of domestic violence, or you are in this situation and you are choosing to deny the occurrence of domestic violence in ...

Real Talk with Judge Dawson Week of October 8, 2014

Domestic violence awareness month is an opportunity to shine the light on an offense that darkens our society. The offense of domestic violence is the undercover terrorist that too many people live with every day. This month I will discuss this issue from the unique perspective as a judge, but ...

Real Talk with Judge Dawson Week of October 1, 2014

Cycle Breaker Leadership Principle Number Twelve is to “pay it forward.” After outlining, learning and applying the eleven leadership principles I’ve described, you are now on track to live your best life. Your best life includes being able to drive down the street without fear of being pulled over without ...

Real Talk with Judge Dawson Week of September 17, 2014

Leadership Principle number eleven is to “Live Masterpiece Days.” The concept of masterpiece days is, one, the commitment to live your life with appreciation for the opportunities that are right in front of you right now, and two, using all of your might and ability to make this day the ...

Real talk with Judge Dawson week of September 10, 2014

Cycle Breaker Leadership Principle number ten is “Finish First.” In other words, “begin with the end in mind.” Finishing first is a key concept to everything I teach as a Judge. I’ve been teaching this principle for more than ten years and it has helped thousands of people positively change ...

Real Talk with Judge Dawson Week of September 3, 2014

Cycle Breaker Leadership Principle number nine is “Getting in Position.” The concept of getting in position is you recognizing and connecting to the people, places and things that will help you achieve the success you seek. A major barrier to accomplishment and achieving goals is not being in the position ...

Real Talk with Judge Dawson Week of August 20, 2014

Cycle Breaker Leadership Principle number 8 is “Develop Self Control.” I recently wrote about the basics of applying this Leadership Principle and how applying it in our lives will help us reach our maximum potential. Now, with the recent shooting in Ferguson, it’s important to expand on this topic and ...

Bishop Speaks Week of August 20, 2014

Why do young boys…? Part III Ooowee! This is the last of my series asking and through the Word of God attempting to answer from a Spiritual Point of View the question being, “Why Do Young Boys Grow Up to be Dangerous Men?” Each Sunday, before I preach my scripture ...

Real Talk with Judge Dawson Week of August 13_2014

Cycle Breaker Leadership Principle number eight is “Develop Self Control.” Self control has been described as a strong predictor of success in life. Its ability to predict success has been ranked right up there with the certainty of success being based on intelligence. So that means, according to some studies, ...

Real Talk with Judge Dawson Week of August 6, 2014

Don’t Kill Your Future. My commitment as Judge is to uphold the laws through rulings that are fair and impartial. My commitment as a man is to be an agent of change. I am further committed to using my knowledge and experiences to help positively shape the minds and behaviors ...

Real Talk with Judge Dawson Week of July 30, 2014

If you were not at the East Cleveland Public Library on Monday July 21, 2014 you missed a very powerful forum. I know that some people had other obligations and commitments but one group who was absent, and thereby raised a few eyebrows, was the media! For weeks the media ...

Real Talk with Judge Dawson July 23, 2014

Why Do Young Boys Grow Up To Be Dangerous Men Part IV. Stopping the violence, destruction and self sabotage in our community is a tall order. Some of you may not agree with me, but you probably don’t come to the East Cleveland Municipal Court or any of the other ...

Real Talk with Judge Dawson July 16, 2014

“Why Do Young Boys Grow Up To Be Dangerous Men” Part III. We are one week away from a discussion that will provide solutions to a major problem in Cleveland and American as a whole. In the daily news there are examples of dangerous and violence acts in our community. ...

Real Talk with Judge Dawson July 9, 2014

Why Do Boys Grow Up To Be Dangerous Men Part II. I’ve been writing about this subject in response to my participation as a panelist where this question was the topic. As a result of my preparation, I expanded my analysis of “dangerous men” to include “dangerous people.” This expansion ...

Real Talk with Judge Dawson July 2, 2014

I had the pleasure to participate in a panel called “Why Do Some Boys Grow Up To Be Dangerous Men?” It was held in partnership with City of Cleveland Councilman Kevin Conwell and featured various panel members. In preparation of part II of the conversation, which will be held in ...

Real Talk with Judge Dawson June 25, 2014

Cycle Breaker Leadership Principle number seven is "You Must Keep Learning. Education is vital to your success. It doesn't matter if you are eight or eighty years old, if you are not growing or learning you are dying. At a minimum, no matter how old we are, we have to ...

Real Talk with Judge Dawson Week of June 18, 2014

When are we going to stop hustling? At the East Cleveland Municipal Court we are Cycle Breakers. To define what a “Cycle Breaker” is I have been breaking down the elements and strategies of how to live your best life, avoid negative interaction with the legal system and become cycle ...

Real Talk with Judge Dawson

Cycle Breaker Leadership Principle #3 is “Lean into your discomfort!” A major problem with this generation is that we believe life should be easy. We have a sense of entitlement and a belief that we should not be uncomfortable. In fact, these three attitudes are often the root cause leading ...

Real Talk with Judge Dawson

Reality is the difference between what we wish for and what truly is. In cities and courtrooms across this country there are many people with a distorted sense of reality. People commit crimes, knowingly and sometimes unknowingly, without a true sense of reality. The reality of their crimes; the reality ...

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