Michael Maggio died on February 10, 2008, at the age of 60 after a courageous 10-month battle with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. Michael was our beloved colleague, mentor, teacher, and friend. Justice, the rule of law, and human rights were the core principles that guided Michael's legal practice and personal philosophy. Michael fought for fairness and equal protection under the law. He profoundly affected the legal landscape of immigration law and beyond, and did so with tremendous wit, skill, and bravado. Throughout his career, Michael received countless professional awards and was honored for his extraordinary legal representation, astute strategizing, unwavering commitment to the highest ethical standards, and his deep passion for justice and upholding the rule of law. The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, the American Immigration Lawyers Association, and the National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers' Guild honored Michael "for his courageous and visionary work in defending immigrant rights and, in so doing, strengthening the constitutional rights of all U.S. residents and citizens." The Tahirih Justice Center, which focuses on gender-based violence, and the National Coalition to Protect Political Freedom have also honored his work.
For nearly three decades, Candace Kattar has worked with the Latino community in the metropolitan Washington area as an advocate and service provider. Candace's tireless efforts provide opportunities for Latino youth to believe in themselves and to reach their highest potential through after-school programs, fitness and recreation activities, parent education and support, and case management and referral services. She serves on Montgomery County Police Chief Tom Manger's Latino Liaison Committee and the UpCounty Latino Network, where she co-chairs the Youth, Families and Education Work Group. Candace served on Montgomery County Executive Douglas Duncan's Gang Prevention Task Force and is a member of Leadership Montgomery's 2006 class.