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In an effort to maintain the standard of high-quality legal services for low-income persons, legal services law firms and agencies in northwest Ohio depend on support from a wide array of sources, including foundations, legislators and government officials, the business community, and, most importantly, the legal community. The need for legal assistance for Ohio's poor and at-risk families and children has never been greater.


6:00 p.m VIP Reception
6:30 p.m. Public Reception
7:00 p.m. Dinner & Awards Ceremony

The Pinnacle: 1772 Indian Wood Circle | Maumee, Ohio

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The purpose of the Access to Justice Awards Dinner is to celebrate the great work of legal aid and pro bono programs in our community; to increase critical financial support for legal services to the poor; to recognize individuals and organizations for their extraordinary service in the public interest; and, to hear from a prominent national leader on the importance of equal access to justice in our society.

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mia-birdsong-200Featured Speaker: Mia Birdsong

Mia Birdsong is updating the nation's outdated picture of the American family in her current role as Co-Director of Family Story. Previously, Birdsong worked as the Vice President of the Family Independence Initiative, where she created and curated the Torchlight Prize. Birdsong has been published in the Stanford Social Innovation Review, Salon, and On Being, has guest lectured at UC Berkeley, and her 2015 TED talk—titled "The Story We Tell About Poverty Isn't True"—has been viewed over 1.2 million times. She has spent time organizing to abolish prisons, working in youth development and health education, and interviewing literary luminaries like David Foster Wallace, John Irving, and Edwidge Danticat. Birdsong co-founded Canerow, a resource for people dedicated to raising children of color in a world that reflects the spectrum of who they are. She was recognized as one of Colorlines' "15 Remarkable Women of Color Who Rocked 2015."

Previous speakers for this event also have included Wil Haygood, author of Showdown: Thurgood Marshall and the Supreme Court Nomination That Changed America; Jeannette Walls, author of The Glass Castle; Lilly Ledbetter, author and equal rights advocate; Bryan Stevenson, founder and executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative; Charles Ogletree, author and law professor; Patricia J. Williams, law professor and writer of Diary of a Mad Law Professor; Ray Suarez, author, journalist, and senior correspondent for PBS' The News Hour; Morris Dees, founder and chief trial counsel for the Southern Poverty Law Center; Kerry Kennedy, author and advocate for human rights; David Shipler, a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist and expert on poverty in America; author and journalist Juan Williams; Deval Patrick; author Gregory H. Williams; Raul Yzaguirre, President of the National Council of La Raza; and legal and political commentator Susan Estrich.