Sunlight and Gems


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DAWN WARREN is an attorney in private practice with her husband Dennis in Nassau County. As a wife and mother of three, Dawn blends her wisdom and intelligence with her nurturing nature in raising three very fine young ladies and shows dedication and passion in the growth of her grandchildren. She always lends unwavering support to her husband, as together they have built a successful law practice. Recently, one of her daughters joined the law practice as a Partner, and the law firm is now Warren Warren & Appolon, LLP.

Dawn earned her undergraduate degree from Fordham University, Rose Hill Campus, a graduate degree in Education from the University of the West Indies, Mona Campus and a Juris Doctor degree from St. John’s University, School of Law. She has completed a six-month course for practicing attorneys in good standing at the University of the West Indies, Norman Manley Law School and is now able to practice law in the Commonwealth Caribbean nations and in particular in her homeland Jamaica.

Notwithstanding a very hectic work schedule, Dawn finds time to give back to the community. A founding member of the DREAM Mentoring Program, Dawn remains an active mentor to law students and give pro bono legal assistance to those in need, especially in Freeport community, helping homeowners stave off mortgagee banks in foreclosure actions. She is devoted to fund raising projects in her church, currently St. John the Evangelist Episcopal Church of Lynbrook and currently sits on its vestry board and financial committee. She is a lay reader in the church and is very excited about her ministry. She also finds time to be active in the politics of Freeport Village, and fought vigorously to remove the names of dead persons from the Freeport voters’ roll in an effort to prevent fraudulent voting. She is of the highest moral fibre and is a credit not only to her family, but to humanity. Her sense of commitment is testimony to the true meaning of selflessness. An ardent supporter of Irwine Clare and Team Jamaica Bickle (TJB), Dawn continues to raise and contribute funds annually to TJB to help athletes from all over the Caribbean, with their travel, meals and hotel placement upon arrival to compete at UPenn in the Penn Relays. In addition, Dawn and her husband continue to sponsor underprivileged but deserving students at UWI medical school and more recently, at UTech, Mona in paying for tuition and books.

A true philanthropist, Dawn continues to remind us that one can help our fellowman in many ways that do not necessarily require giving money but a commitment to give of oneself.

About The Author

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Dantie Smith-Brown

Dantie Smith-Brown was born and raised in Jamaica, West Indies, where she graduated from teacher’s college before migrating to the United States. Changing course upon arrival, she became a Respiratory Care Practitioner when her father introduced her to that specialized area in health care. She is passionate about educating, diagnosing and treating individuals who suffer from heart and lung diseases to improve their health and well-being.

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