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Md. Legal Aid celebrates with Equal Justice Awards

Maryland Legal Aid Executive Director Wilhelm H. Joseph, Jr. Esq., fourth from left, presents the Pro Bono Law Firm of the Year to attorneys with Ballard Spahr during the 21st annual Equal Justice Awards Breakfast. (Photo by Eric Stocklin)

Maryland Legal Aid Executive Director Wilhelm H. Joseph, Jr. Esq., fourth from left, presents the Pro Bono Law Firm of the Year to attorneys with Ballard Spahr during the 21st annual Equal Justice Awards Breakfast. (Photo by Eric Stocklin)

William Sinclair and Debbie Melnyk enjoy a conversation during the 21st annual Equal Justice Awards Breakfast. (Photo by Eric Stocklin)

William Sinclair and Debbie Melnyk enjoy a conversation during the 21st annual Equal Justice Awards Breakfast. (Photo by Eric Stocklin)

Charles Dorsey, left, gets a photo with the Hon. Brett Wilson, an associate judge in the Washington County Circuit Court, during the 21st annual Equal Justice Awards Breakfast. Wilson received the Champion of Justice Award at the event. (Photo by Eric Stocklin)

Charles Dorsey, left, gets a photo with the Hon. Brett Wilson, an associate judge in the Washington County Circuit Court, during the 21st annual Equal Justice Awards Breakfast. Wilson received the Champion of Justice Award at the event. (Photo by Eric Stocklin)

From left, Mark Scurti, Jamar Brown Adam Abelson attended the 21st annual Equal Justice Awards Breakfast. (Photo by Eric Stocklin)

From left, Mark Scurti, Jamar Brown and Adam Abelson attended the 21st annual Equal Justice Awards Breakfast. (Photo by Eric Stocklin)

Laura Coates, CNN legal analyst, best-selling author and host of the “Laura Coates Show,” speaks to the audience during the 21st annual Equal Justice Awards Breakfast. Coates was the keynote speaker for the event. (Photo by Eric Stocklin)

Laura Coates, CNN legal analyst, best-selling author and host of the “Laura Coates Show,” speaks to the audience during the 21st annual Equal Justice Awards Breakfast. Coates was the keynote speaker for the event. (Photo by Eric Stocklin)

From left, Martin S. Himeles Jr., Lee Ogburn and Darryl Tarver listen to one of the speakers during the 21st annual Equal Justice Awards Breakfast. (Photo by Eric Stocklin)

From left, Martin S. Himeles Jr., Lee Ogburn and Darryl Tarver listen to one of the speakers during the 21st annual Equal Justice Awards Breakfast. (Photo by Eric Stocklin)

Maryland Legal Aid Executive Director Wilhelm H. Joseph, Jr., Esq. presents Goodwill Industries of the Cheasapeake Inc. CEO and President Lisa Rusyniak with the Partners for Justice Award during the 21st annual Equal Justice Awards Breakfast. (Photo by Eric Stocklin)

Maryland Legal Aid Executive Director Wilhelm H. Joseph, Jr., Esq. presents Goodwill Industries of the Cheasapeake Inc. CEO and President Lisa Rusyniak with the Partners for Justice Award during the 21st annual Equal Justice Awards Breakfast. (Photo by Eric Stocklin)

Laura Coates, left, a CNN legal analyst, best-selling author and host of the “Laura Coates Show,” speakes with Donna Mattick and Sarah Mattick during the 21st annual Equal Justice Awards Breakfast. Coates was the keynote speaker for the event. (Photo by Eric Stocklin)

Laura Coates, left, a CNN legal analyst, best-selling author and host of the “Laura Coates Show,” speakes with Donna Mattick and Sarah Mattick during the 21st annual Equal Justice Awards Breakfast. Coates was the keynote speaker for the event. (Photo by Eric Stocklin)

Mitch Murvis and Amy Petkovsek have a conversation during the 21st annual Equal Justice Awards Breakfast. Coates was the keynote speaker for the event. (Photo by Eric Stocklin)

Mitch Mirviss and Amy Petkovsek have a conversation during the 21st annual Equal Justice Awards Breakfast. Coates was the keynote speaker for the event. (Photo by Eric Stocklin)

From left, Robert A. Manekin Esq., Maryland Legal Aid Executive Director Wilhelm H. Joseph, Jr., Esq., Jean Joseph, Laura Coates Esq., host of “The Laura Coates Show” and keynote speaker; and Washington County Circuit Court associate judge Brett Wilson take time for a photo at the 21st annual Equal Justice Awards Breakfast. (Photo by Eric Stocklin)

From left, Robert A. Manekin Esq., Maryland Legal Aid Executive Director Wilhelm H. Joseph, Jr., Esq., Jean Joseph, Laura Coates Esq., host of “The Laura Coates Show” and keynote speaker; and Washington County Circuit Court associate judge Brett Wilson take time for a photo at the 21st annual Equal Justice Awards Breakfast. (Photo by Eric Stocklin)

Gwendolyn Johnson and Eileen Cooper, front row, take a photo with Jean Joseph, the Hon. Robert M. Bell, former chief justice of the Maryland Court of Appeals, and Jo M. Glascoe during the 21st annual Equal Justice Awards Breakfast. (Photo by Eric Stocklin)

Gwendolyn Johnson and Eileen Cooper, front row, take a photo with Jean Joseph, the Hon. Robert M. Bell, former chief justice of the Maryland Court of Appeals, and Jo M. Glascoe during the 21st annual Equal Justice Awards Breakfast. (Photo by Eric Stocklin)

Maryland Legal Aid Executive Director Wilhelm H. Joseph, Jr., Esq. presents Paula Miller, the director of the Baltimore County Public Library, with a Partners for Justice Award during the 21st annual Equal Justice Awards Breakfast. (Photo by Eric Stocklin)

Maryland Legal Aid Executive Director Wilhelm H. Joseph, Jr., Esq. presents Paula Miller, the director of the Baltimore County Public Library, with a Partners for Justice Award during the 21st annual Equal Justice Awards Breakfast. (Photo by Eric Stocklin)

Maryland Legal Aid Executive Director Wilhelm H. Joseph, Jr., Esq., far right, congratulates Laura Coates for her address to the crowd as the Hon. Pamela J. White, an associate judge with the Baltimore City Circuit Court, 8th Judicial Circuit and program emcee, looks on during the 21st annual Equal Justice Awards Breakfast. Coates, a CNN legal analyst, best-selling author and host of the “Laura Coates Show,” was the keynote speaker for the event. (Photo by Eric Stocklin)

Maryland Legal Aid Executive Director Wilhelm H. Joseph, Jr., Esq., far right, congratulates Laura Coates for her address to the crowd as the Hon. Pamela J. White, an associate judge with the Baltimore City Circuit Court, 8th Judicial Circuit and program emcee, looks on during the 21st annual Equal Justice Awards Breakfast. Coates, a CNN legal analyst, best-selling author and host of the “Laura Coates Show,” was the keynote speaker for the event. (Photo by Eric Stocklin)

Maryland Legal Aid Executive Director Wilhelm H. Joseph, Jr., Esq., presents Donna Mattick, the chief investor relations officer with Soles4Souls, with a Partners for Justice Award during the 21st annual Equal Justice Awards Breakfast. (Photo by Eric Stocklin)

Maryland Legal Aid Executive Director Wilhelm H. Joseph, Jr., Esq., presents Donna Mattick, the chief investor relations officer with Soles4Souls, with a Partners for Justice Award during the 21st annual Equal Justice Awards Breakfast. (Photo by Eric Stocklin)

Maryland Legal Aid Executive Director Wilhelm H. Joseph, Jr., Esq., presents Del. Kathleen M. Dumais, D-Montgomery with the Champion of Justice Award during the 21st annual Equal Justice Awards Breakfast. (Photo by Eric Stocklin)

Maryland Legal Aid Executive Director Wilhelm H. Joseph, Jr., Esq., presents Del. Kathleen M. Dumais, D-Montgomery with the Champion of Justice Award during the 21st annual Equal Justice Awards Breakfast. (Photo by Eric Stocklin)

Judge Brett R. Wilson, left, an associate judge in the Washington County Circuit Court, receives the Champion of Justice Award from Maryland Legal Aid Executive Director Wilhelm H. Joseph Jr., Esq. during the 21st annual Equal Justice Awards Breakfast. (Photo by Eric Stocklin)

Judge Brett R. Wilson, left, an associate judge in the Washington County Circuit Court, receives the Champion of Justice Award from Maryland Legal Aid Executive Director Wilhelm H. Joseph Jr., Esq. during the 21st annual Equal Justice Awards Breakfast. (Photo by Eric Stocklin)

Legal Aid Executive Director Wilhelm H. Joseph Jr., Esq. speaks to the guests at the 21st annual Equal Justice Awards Breakfast before presenting The Executive Director’s Award to Lee Ogburn, a principal with Kramon & Graham P.A. (Photo by Eric Stocklin)

Legal Aid Executive Director Wilhelm H. Joseph Jr., Esq. speaks to the guests at the 21st annual Equal Justice Awards Breakfast before presenting The Executive Director’s Award to Lee Ogburn, a principal with Kramon & Graham P.A. (Photo by Eric Stocklin)

Maryland Legal Aid’s Equal Justice Council welcomed prominent members from Maryland’s legal and business communities to Camden Yards June 6 as it hosted the 21st annual Equal Justice Awards Breakfast.

Each year, the event recognizes and pays tribute to individuals, law firms and community partners who have made significant contributions to strengthening their communities and advocating for equal access to justice.

Baltimore County Public Library, Goodwill Industries of the Cheasapeake Inc., and Soles4Souls received the Partners for Justice Award; Ballard Spahr LLP received Pro Bono Law Firm of the Year and Venable LLP received the Pinnacle Partner Award; Del. Kathleen M. Dumais, D-Montgomery and Judge Brett R. Wilson, an associate judge in the Washington County Circuit Court, received the Champion of Justice Award; and Lee Ogburn, a principal with Kramon & Graham P.A., and his wife, Marilyn, received The Executive Director’s Award.

Laura Coates, CNN legal analyst, best-selling author and host of the “Laura Coates Show,” was the keynote speaker for the event. Maryland Court of Appeals Chief Judge Mary Ellen Barbera gave the closing remarks and Circuit Court Judge Pamela J. White was the program’s emcee.

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