Nominations sought for Martin Luther King, Jr. "I Have a Dream" award

Nominations are sought for the Martin Luther King, Jr. "I Have a Dream" Award which will be presented at the Washtenaw County Bar Association CBA Annual Bias Awareness Dinner Meeting on Thursday, October 18th.

The purpose of the Martin Luther King, Jr. "I Have a Dream" Award is to recognize those persons or organizations that have fostered greater awareness and sensitivity to racial, ethnic and gender bias issues in the legal system and have made contributions to the goal of eliminating such biases.

The Martin Luther King, Jr., "I Have a Dream" Award recognizes outstanding service in one of the following areas:

1) Promoting equal access to the judicial system and unbiased treatment within the judicial system to all persons;

2) Implementing the recommendations of the Michigan Supreme Court Task Forces on gender and on racial and ethnic issues in the courts;

3) Sensitizing members of the Washtenaw County Bar Association and special purpose bar associations to the more subtle forms of discriminatory treatment, and by persuasion and example, ending them.

Any individual or organization that has rendered outstanding service to the community in one or more of the areas mentioned above is eligible.

The first award was presented in October of 1992 at the 1st annual Bias Awareness Dinner to the two chairs of the Michigan Supreme Court Task Forces on bias in the courts, Julia Darlow and Hon. Harold Hood.

Last year's winner was Sheriff Jerry L. Clayton, and Judge Melinda Morris won in 2010.

Published: Thu, Aug 23, 2012

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