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2022 Access to Justice Dinner Awards 

The 2022 Access to Justice Awards Dinner took place on Thursday, May 12, 2022, at The Pinnacle in Maumee. 300 guests and sponsors helped raise approximately $75,000 for critical legal aid programs and services provided by Advocates for Basic Legal Equality, Inc., Legal Aid of Western Ohio, Inc., and the Toledo Bar Association's Pro Bono Legal Services Program.

The evening's keynote speaker was the Honorable Glenda Hatchett, Georgia’s first African American Chief Presiding Judge of a state court and former head of one of the largest juvenile court systems in the country. A distinguished keynote speaker, Judge Hatchett has received numerous awards for her advocacy, including the Outstanding Jurist of the Year, Atlanta affiliate of the National Bar Association; Roscoe Pound Award, National Council on Crime and Delinquency; and the Thurgood Marshall Award, NAACP.

Every year, the Access to Justice Awards Dinner honors extraordinary service in the public interest by individuals and organizations in northwest Ohio. Three individuals and an organization were recognized for their impact on our community: James Nooney, Sr. received the Public Interest Law Award for his work with pro se guardianship applicants; David L. Beckwith received the Community Advocacy Award posthumously for his life-long dedication to grassroots organizing and social justice; Beatriz Maya received the Community Advocacy Award for her commitment to assisting migrant farm workers, immigrants, refugees, and the Latinx community; and Dana Incorporated received the Distinguished Service Award for its history of service to the Medical-Legal Partnership for Children in Toledo.

Event attendees and supporters enjoyed delicious food, participated in networking activities, and were inspired by Judge Hatchett. A photo album with photos taken during the celebration by Natalie Tranelli can be found here.