ADC Michigan 11th Annual Judges Night a Great Success!
Dearborn, MI | www.adc.org | October 15, 2012 -- In the spirit of upholding justice, freedom and liberty, the ADC Michigan Advisory Board hosted its 11th Annual Judges’ Night Reception and “Guardian of Justice” Awards Ceremony on October 10, 2012 at Byblos Banquet Hall in Dearborn. Approximately 500 distinguished guests attend last night’s successful event. Attendees included close to 50 local and federal judges, the Consulate of Lebanon, the Consulate of Mexico, the Consulate of Japan, the Consulate of Canada, representatives for Senators Levin and Stabenow, Congressman John Conyers, Jr., representatives for Congressman John Dingell, elected officials, attorneys and community leaders.
The evening began with artist Yasmeen Suri singing our National Anthem, followed by energetic welcoming remarks given by attorney Shereef Akeel, chairman of the ADC Michigan Advisory Board, and the Honorable Kathleen McCarthy, Judges’ Night Committee Chair. ADC remarks were given by attorney Abed Ayoub, ADC Legal Director. Valued ADC Michigan staff member, Ms. Kristyn Taylor acted as the mistress of ceremonies for the evening.
ADC Michigan was honored to host, as its keynote speaker, Dr. Debbie Almontaser, founding and former principal of Khalil Gibran International Academy in New York. In her inspirational address Dr. Almontaser spoke to the audience about the discrimination she faced with the New York Board of Education and how she overcame that discrimination. She focused on the importance of educating the public on civil liberties and protecting the rights of others, praising the judges in attendance for their commitment to justice.
Another highlight of the evening was the awards ceremony, during which the