“I am humbled and honored to receive a Humanitarian Award from Legacy III on its 20th Anniversary,” said Judge Michael. “Legacy III provides transitional housing to homeless women with addiction issues. It came about as a result of the courage of its Executive Director Darnella J. McNeil to act on what was already written on her heart. It is an amazing success story for both its participants and staff members. I commend Legacy III on their service to those that are vulnerable in our community.”
The celebration was held at the Guys Party Centre and those in attendance celebrated Legacy III’s 20 years of service in Summit County. Other 2016 Legacy III award winners included: Brubaker Award of Excellence – Charles Short Jr. and Attorney Jacqueline Thomason; Corporate Integrity – Pat Divoky, Danielle Edgar, Hope Fondriest, Tanya Vanderveen and Lauren Ward; Humanitarian – Bernie Babb, Judge Kathryn Michael and Dr. Fannie Brown; Social Advocacy – Angela Tucker Cooper, Eva Hartwell andPhoebe Skipper; Spiritual – Pastor Toni Dorazio; and Youth – Michael Leno;
Judge Michael presides over the Family Intervention Court at the Akron Municipal Court, a program that uses a therapeutic model while holding offenders accountable. This highly successful program breaks the cycle of generational family violence.
The Akron Municipal Court’s Family Intervention Court team includes licensed treatment providers from Oriana House, Inc. and Summit Psychological Associates, Inc., the Public Defender’s Office, municipal court personnel, a representative from the Battered Women’s Shelter, Inc. and the Akron City Law Department, and is headed by Judge Michael as the specialized docket judge. Judge Michael has served on many non-profit boards, and her community involvement spans over 30 years.
The Akron Municipal Court serves the cities of Akron and Fairlawn; the townships of Bath, Richfield and Springfield; the Villages of Lakemore and Richfield; and the part of Mogadore in Summit County. For info about Akron Municipal Court services and programs, visit http://courts.akronohio.gov/.