Partners John T. Murray and Leslie O. Murray, and associate Michael J. Stewart, have been recognized for their invaluable contributions in the fight for legal equality. On April 30th, they were awarded the Public Interest Law Award at the Access to Justice Awards held by Advocates for Basic Legal Equality, Inc. (ABLE), Legal Aid of Western Ohio, Inc. (LAWO), and the Toledo Bar Association Pro Bono Legal Services Program.
The award was granted to the Murray & Murray attorneys in recognition of their exceptional work and tremendous time commitments in a case they brought to protect fundamental liberties of Hispanic farmworkers. To protect the rights of the farmworkers, John, Leslie, and Michael, along with ABLE, filed a class action complaint in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio, challenging the alleged racial profiling of Hispanic persons by the U.S. Border Patrol and several local law enforcement agencies. John conveyed, that “the missions of ABLE and LAWO fit naturally into our firm’s,” and “we find great personal satisfaction in leveraging our legal expertise and abilities into making real and lasting change in people’s lives.” According to Aneel Chablani, advocacy director for ABLE, “John, Leslie, and Michael’s efforts have been critical. They have provided immeasurable support in several critical areas, including extensive discovery over an eighteen month period.”
John, Leslie, and Michael each expressed gratitude for the opportunity to work along with ABLE to protect the rights of outmatched individuals facing powerful entities, as has always been a core mission of Murray & Murray. Leslie Murray commented that, “ABLE is a great community partner. They share our culture of taking on issues and opponents that others may be afraid to take on. They also provide us with an opportunity to work on cases that have important human rights implications.” Michael Stewart added, “the three of us and the Murray & Murray law firm take personal satisfaction in knowing that we are fighting for the rights of individuals.”
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