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Access to Justice Awards Dinner
When:
April 30, 2014, 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Venue: The Pinnacle
Location: Maumee
Address: 1772 Indian Wood Circle


Description: The Access to Justice Awards Dinner attracts more than 500 attendees including local and regional community leaders, public 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. All proceeds from the event benefit Advocates for Basic Legal Equality, Inc. (ABLE), Legal Aid of Western Ohio, Inc. (LAWO), and the Toledo Bar Association Pro Bono Legal Services Program.

Keynote Speaker
As one of the first women hired in management at Goodyear tire factory in 1979, Lilly Ledbetter faced daily gender prejudice and sexual harassment. Nineteen years later, she learned she was making thousands less per year than the men in her position. Devastated, she filed a sex discrimination case against Goodyear, which she won and then heartbreakingly lost on appeal. Over the next eight years, her case made it all the way to the Supreme Court, where she lost again: the court ruled that she should have filed suit within 180 days of her first unequal paycheck, despite the fact that she had no way of knowing that she was being paid unfairly all those years. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg read her dissent from the bench, urging Lilly to fight back. Lilly became the namesake of Barack Obama’s first official piece of legislation as president. Today, she is a tireless advocate for change, traveling the country to urge women and minorities to claim their civil rights. She has written a book called Grace and Grit: My Fight for Equal Pay and Fairness.


More Info:

Tickets to the dinner are $100 each.

Venue Information:
The Pinnacle
Address:
1772 Indian Wood Circle
Maumee, OH 43537


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