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Legal Aid Society recognizes contributions to equal justice

By: Caley Clinton, [email protected]//September 11, 2013//

Legal Aid Society recognizes contributions to equal justice

By: Caley Clinton, [email protected]//September 11, 2013//

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U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Wisconsin James Santelle speaks to a packed room at the Legal Aid Society of Milwaukee’s 97th Anniversary Celebration luncheon Wednesday at the Italian Community Center. Santelle’s sister, Nancy Sennett, a partner at Foley & Lardner LLP, was recognized along with Dolly Grimes-Johnson and Crocker Stephenson. (Staff photo by Kevin Harnack)
U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Wisconsin James Santelle speaks to a packed room at the Legal Aid Society of Milwaukee’s 97th Anniversary Celebration luncheon Wednesday at the Italian Community Center. Santelle’s sister, Nancy Sennett, a partner at Foley & Lardner LLP, was recognized along with Dolly Grimes-Johnson and Crocker Stephenson. (Staff photo by Kevin Harnack)

A law firm partner, a champion of battered women and children and a Milwaukee reporter each were honored Wednesday with the Legal Aid Society of Milwaukee’s Equal Justice Medal.

The annual awards recognize individuals “who make exemplary contributions to the society’s mission of equal justice for the poor.”

This year’s honorees were:

• Nancy Sennett, a partner at Foley & Lardner LLP who was recognized for her representation of a disabled, homeless man fighting a notorious slum lord;

• Dolly Grimes-Johnson, director of the Sojourner Truth House, a 46-bed shelter for victims of domestic violence; and

• Crocker Stephenson, a reporter with the Milwaukee-Journal Sentinel who reports on child welfare and poverty.

Sennett’s brother, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Wisconsin James Santelle, was featured as the event’s keynote speaker.

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