Retired judge to receive Pioneer of Justice Award


 Legal Aid and Defender Association Inc. (LAD) has announced that Michael F. Sapala, retired Wayne County Circuit Court judge, is the winner of its 2013 Ed Pokorny Pioneer of Justice Award.

The award is one of nine “Laddys” bestowed on members of the legal community for their pro bono service to LAD clients.  Sapala and the other 2013 Laddy winners will receive their awards Thursday, Nov. 21, at 3 p.m. in a ceremony in the historic chief judge’s courtroom of the Theodore Levin United States Courthouse, 231 W. Lafayette St. in Detroit.
Sponsors of the 2013 Laddy awards are Adrian & Associates; Bodman PLC; Dickinson Wright PLLC; Dykema Gossett PLLC; Ford Motor Company; Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP; Kienbaum, Opperwall, Hardy, & Pelton; PLC; Legal Services Corporation; Michigan State Bar Foundation; and Miller Canfield PLC.
For additional information on the awards ceremony or sponsorships, contact Bedelia Brown at LAD at 313-967-5619 or


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