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On the Town: Empire Justice Center honors Casion, Loewenguth

Joe Casion and Mary Loewenguth at A Celebration of Leadership event at the Strathallan on Thursday.

Joe Casion and Mary Loewenguth at A Celebration of Leadership event at the Strathallan on Thursday.

Joe Casion and Mary Loewenguth were the center of attention Thursday during “A Celebration of Leadership” by the Empire Justice Center at the Strathallan.

In addition to their support of the Empire Justice Center, Casion and Loewenguth were recognized for their tireless efforts to improve access to justice in New York state.

Casion, a partner in the Rochester office of Harter Secrest & Emery LLP, provides general counsel to not-for-profit organizations and for-profit businesses. As Empire Justice Center’s board chair, he led in shaping and growing its statewide board of directors by helping re-write the bylaws and update all corporation documents.

Loewenguth is executive director to the Monroe County Bar Association and the Foundation of the Monroe County Bar. Along with the board of trustees, Membership Committee, Friends of the Bar and staff, she led dramatic growth of voluntary bar membership. Loewenguth also led the effort to co-locate Rochester’s four legal services agencies into one building and spearheaded the Partnership for Equal Justice Campaign which raised nearly $3 million to establish the Telesca Center for Justice which has become a national model.

The biennial event is the Empire Justice Center’s signature fundraiser.

– Photos by Vasiliy Baziuk

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Mary Loewenguth and her mother Joan Loewenguth.

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Christine Rutigliano, Lauren Tobias, Joe Casion and Anne Erickson.

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Daan Braveman, JoAnn Smith, Louise and Justin Vigdor.

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Steve Brown, the Hon. Marian Payson and Mike Harren.

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Bill Davis, Patty Yarmel and Maureen Murphy.

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Bob Bergin, Connie Walker, Christine Rutigliano and Joe Morelle.

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Steve Modica, Margaret Sanchez, Mark Moretti, Lorrie Modica and Michael Davis.

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Jerry Wein, Bill Hawkes, Anne Erickson, Bryan Hetherington and Charlie Vita.

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Fran Weisberg, Daan Braveman, Lynn Levey and Steve Brown.

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Cheryl Heller, Bryan Hetherington, the Hon. Joan Kohout, Dave and Nancy Schraver.

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Ted Kremer, Patty and Rich Yarmel.

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heryl Heller, Neil Rowe, Bryan Hetherington and Karla Wilsey.

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Mary Loewenguth and Jerry Wein.

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Joel Kunkler, Monica McCullough and Eric Van Dusen.

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Nancy Schraver, Mary Loewenguth, David Schraver, Clair Corbitt and Joan Loewenguth share a smile.

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Mia Young, Yisell Fonseca, Monica McCullough, Susan Boss, Joshua Sankowski and Johanna Lopez.

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Kate Callery, Diane Cecero, Kathy Fico, Beth McDonald, Louise Spinelli.