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from The Chronicle-Telegram: Legal Aid Society to host virtual annual meeting

Posted December 2, 2020
12:54 pm

Written by The Chronicle-Telegram on 12/02/2020

The Legal Aid Society of Cleveland will hold its 115th Annual Meeting and Report to the Community in an online livestream.

For the first time, the event will be free and open for all to join. It will start at noon Dec. 8.

The Honorable Justice Goodwin Liu of California's Supreme Court will make keynote remarks. The theme of the event is "The way to right wrongs is to turn the light of truth upon them." The statement is credited to Ida B. Wells, a key activist in the U.S. suffrage movement.

Legal Aid’s Annual Meeting will focus on the organization’s longtime and current work to shine a light of hope in the face of injustice.

A number of awards will be presented at the meeting to honor staff and volunteers. Among the staff being honored is Susan Stauffer, an attorney who has worked at Legal Aid for 50 years. She will be presented with the C. Lyonel Jones Lifetime Achievement Award, named in honor of C. Lyonel Jones, who himself dedicated his entire legal career to Legal Aid and served as executive director.

In addition, Tracy Ferron, Hilda Hernandez, Heather Lynch and Laura Post will be presented with the Claude E. Clarke Award, and Deborah Dallman will be presented with the staff Leadership Award.

Legal Aid’s Volunteer Lawyers Program will present the Community Impact Award to attorneys Jason Dawicke, Donna Kolis, Betsy Rader and Christina Royer. These individuals helped launch Legal Aid’s new Virtual Advice Clinics during COVID-19 to ensure legal information, advice and guidance was provided to people facing employment and unemployment compensation issues. Nearly 200 Legal Aid clients and their family members were served by these four volunteers in the past year.

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