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.
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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 THIS YEAR'S SPONSORS!
John I. Wilson
Cathy Tamsberg & Felicia Roper
Chris Fitzsimon & Barbara Wiedemann
John Parker & Easter Maynard
Ambassador James Joseph and Mary Braxton-Joseph
Dr. Jesse White
Anne & Sam Hummel
Suzanne Reynolds & Hoppy Elliot
Advisors Financial Group, Inc.
Glenn, Mills, Fisher & Mahoney
Daniel & Karen Gottovi
Chris & Susan Graebe
William & Alice Hart
Bob Jackson & Anne Deloria
Jernigan Law Firm
McMillan & Smith
Romeo Wiggins and Company
Self-Help and Center for Responsible Lending
Terry Van Duyn
Vaguely Reminiscent, in memory of Jinni Majian
Bill Wilson & Carol Teal
Past Defenders of Justice Award Recipients