DRC to honor Deborah LaBelle with The Impact Award


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The Dispute Resolution Center (DRC), serving Washtenaw and Livingston Counties, will honor attorney Deborah LaBelle at the center’s annual Spring Event, set for 5:30 p.m. on May 12 at the Ann Arbor City Club, 1830 Washtenaw Ave.

 This is the 17th annual event honoring individuals who have demonstrated commitment to the just and humane resolution of social conflict in the community. This year’s award is the first to be named The Impact Award.
The event also serves as the primary fundraiser for the non-profit DRC and is an opportunity to learn about how its mediation, facilitation and restorative justice efforts support the community.

 LaBelle has a longstanding commitment to providing justice for juveniles, an ongoing focus of the DRC. In addition to her private practice, she is the director of the Juvenile Life without Parole Initiative of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Michigan and coordinator of Michigan’s Juvenile Mitigation Access Committee.

Her Ann Arbor-based firm is handling approximately 100 cases of juveniles convicted of life sentences. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in 2012 that sentencing a person under 18 to life in prison without parole constitutes “cruel and unusual punishment.”

 “The Dispute Resolution Center is proud to honor attorney Deborah LaBelle with this well-deserved Impact Award,” said DRC Executive Director Belinda Dulin. “Her ongoing commitment to ensuring juveniles are treated fairly in the judicial system is admirable and worthy of our respect and appreciation.”

Tickets cost $100 with all proceeds to benefit the DRC.

For more information about the event, call 734-794-2125 or visit www.thedisputeresolutioncenter.org.