Central California Legal Services, Inc. (CCLS) announced this year's Champions of Justice award recipients.These individuals and organizations received recognition for their extraordinary achievements and successfuladvocacy on behalf of low-income persons and under-represented individuals. The awards reception was held,October 28, 2010 from 5pm - 8pm. at The Grand on 10 located at 1401 Fulton Street, 10
Floor in downtownFresno.
The Ronald M. George Equal Justice Award
, the organization's highest award, went to former CCLSattorney and advocate for justice,
. Jack's greatest efforts were on behalf of theyouth in our community - he would fight for any kid, anywhere, any time.
The 2010 Champions of Justice Awards recipients are:
Judiciary - The Honorable Kimberly Nystrom-Geist
: Due to her leadership, the special elder abuse courtcalendar became a reality. This creative approach enables easier access to court services for senior citizensand dependent adults who are abused and seek the court's protection.
2. Attorney - Lazaro Salazar, Law Offices of Lazaro Salazar:
His dedication to immigrant and underservedcommunities is demonstrated through his willingness to participate in public forums attended by thousandswhere he provides free counsel and advice to individuals. This is exemplary pro bono services.
3. Client - David Piercy:
CCLS applauds his willingness to step forward and challenge the county's outdatedpolicies for the Medically Indigent Services Program. As a result, new income guidelines were adopted by theBoard of Supervisors, thus opening the doors for hundreds of other individuals without health insurance toaccess free or reduced cost health care services
4. Staff - Monica Blanco-Etheridge:
Her passion to find solutions to the disappearing mental healthservices, is but one example of Monica's selfless commitment to helping the voiceless to be heard and the
CCLS Champions of Justice Reception Successful
More than 240 attendMon, Nov 29th, 2010