Join us for the
17th Annual Defenders of Justice Awards
Thursday, May 14, 2015
William and Ida Friday Center
100 Friday Center Drive in Chapel Hill
Defenders of Justice (DOJ) Awards are given by the Justice Center to honor individuals or organizations who are making significant contributions in the following areas: Litigation; Policy Research and Advocacy; Legislative and Administrative Advocacy; and Grassroots Empowerment. Recipients will be honored at our annual Defenders of Justice Event.
Stay tuned — tickets go on sale March 30th!
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THE 2015 HONOREES
LEGISLATIVE & ADMINISTRATIVE ADVOCACY
Rep. Susan Fisher, for her support for a higher minimum wage and paid leave policies, increasing the supply of affordable housing, protecting consumers from predatory lending practices, and addressing the state’s drop-out rate.
Sen. Gladys Robinson, for her decades of work devoted to improving the health and welfare of all North Carolinians and her fierce advocacy for public education at the General Assembly.
POLICY RESEARCH & ADVOCACY
Center for Responsible Lending, for its work to protect against predatory, abusive lending practices for low-income and moderate income families, communities of color, seniors, women, service members, and other vulnerable North Carolinians.
Tom Vitaglione, Senior Fellow of Health and Safety at NC Child, for his commitment to improving the lives of the children of North Carolina through increasing access to health care and banning corporal punishment in our schools.
The University of North Carolina's Center for Civil Rights, for their impact litigation and local advocacy work focused on civil rights – including education, housing and community development, economic justice, voting rights, and for giving a voice to underrepresented communities of color in North Carolina.
Former Justice Bob Orr, for his long history of public interest litigation, including his work opposing the use of economic incentives to lure businesses to the state, opposition to a state lottery, support for public education, and advocacy on behalf of student athletes.
Ajamu and Rukiya Dillahunt, for their advocacy, community organizing and leadership throughout the Triangle on issues of race, education, the school-to-prison pipeline, and workers' rights.
THANK YOU TO LAST YEAR'S SPONSORS!
Cathy Tamsberg and Felicia Roper
Dr. Jessie L. White, Jr.
Bob Schall and Susan Lupton
Carol Teal and Bill Wilson
Center for Responsible Lending
Chris and Susan Graebe
Chris Fitzsimon and Barbara Wiedemann
Cone Health Foundation
Digital Benefit Advisors
Environmental Defense Fund
Fear Not Fund
Glenn Mills Fisher & Mahoney
Henry E. Teich
John Graybeal and Laurie Heise
Julie and Richard Mooney
Mary Klenz, in honor of the League of Women Voters - Charlotte-Mecklenburg
Matt and Suzanne Case
Melinda Lawrence and Greg Malhoit
North Carolina Advocates for Justice
North Carolina State AFL-CIO
Planned Parenthood in North Carolina
Rabbi Eric M. Solomon
Robert Jackson and Anne Deloria
Romeo Wiggins & Company
Scholars for North Carolina’s Future
Steve Schewel and Lao Rubert
Susan Russell and Bob Konrad
Suzanne Begnoche, Attorney at Law
Past Defenders of Justice Award Recipients