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Councilman John Akouri, former Washington, DC Press Secretary & Capitol Hill Advisor, is President & CEO of the Lebanese American Chamber of Commerce.

Monday, March 03, 2008

THE OAKLAND PRESS: Event to Honor Judges of Middle Eastern descent


By ANN ZANIEWSKI
Of The Oakland Press
Judges of Middle Eastern descent will be honored this week at an event called Salute to Justice.
"We want to celebrate their achievements and recognize the hard work that they do every day," said John Akouri, Chairman and CEO of the Lebanese American Chamber of Commerce.
The second annual Salute to Justice starts at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Farmington Hills Manor. Akouri said the event has expanded from its inaugural year, during which Lebanese-American judges in the tri-county area were honored, to include judges of Middle Eastern descent from beyond Metro Detroit's borders.
Akouri said Michigan has the highest number of judges with Lebanese and Middle Eastern ancestry. "Law is definitely a sacred profession with the Lebanese-American community,"
Akouri said. "There's a number of law schools in Beirut. It's taken very seriously, so it's no surprise that we see so many judges of Lebanese-American descent."
Judge Linda Asadoorian of the 52-3 District Court, Oakland County Probate Judge Linda Hallmark and other local judges are expected to attend Salute to Justice.
Michigan Supreme Court Justice Cliff Taylor will be the event's keynote speaker.
The North Farmington High School choir Northern Lights will perform, and North Farmington teacher and Lebanese-American artist Stephen Deeb will have some of his artwork on display.
Akouri expects about 250 people to attend. Tickets are $100 per person and must be purchased in advance.
The menu will include traditional Lebanese fare such as yellow rice, chicken kabobs, hummus and tabouli.
FYI - For more information about the 2008 Salute to Justice event, visit
www.salutetojustice.org.

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