A Lawyer’s Impact – Recognized & Celebrated

When you consider the incredible work being done to effect positive change in the world, it’s easy to overlook quite heroes—the ones who, simply by doing their jobs, make a profound impact. But occasionally, one of those souls gets to say thank you. Such was the case for Annette Bailey and the Dallas attorney, whom she credits with saving her life.

At a Start-Studded Event, A Lawyer and his Client Steal the Show

New Friends New Life is a Dallas-based non-profit that empowers trafficked and sexually exploited teen girls, women, and their children. The organization recently held a luncheon, which raised more than $1.1 million to amplify awareness of this issue, and welcomed speaker, Kerry Washington (AKA. Olivia Freaking Pope). While Washington spoke eloquently about generational trauma, healing, and the importance of standing in one’s agency, the true highlight was the recognition of attorney Mike Howard for his life-changing intervention in Annette Bailey’s life.

A Simple Question Changes a Life

Bailey, a former drug addict turned NFNL’s economic empowerment specialist, took the stage and recounted how her life took a turn for the better when a court-appointed attorney genuinely inquired about her drug issues. This seemingly simple question was a pivotal moment in her journey to rehabilitation.

Years later, when Howard read an article where Bailey credited an unnamed lawyer with saving her life, he realized he was that very lawyer. This reunion culminated at the luncheon, where Bailey, in a heartfelt gesture, surprised Howard with the ProtectHER award.

What We Do Matters – Now & In the Future.

The emotional intensity of the reunion between Bailey and Howard underscored the profound impact a single individual, especially someone in a professional capacity like a lawyer, can have on another’s life. This story is a testament to the power of empathy, understanding, and genuine human connection.

As they stood together on the stage, the ovation they received was an appreciation of their journeys and a collective acknowledgment of the difference one person can make in another’s life.

In an era where celebrities and public figures often get a lot of limelight (and not to steal any credit from Washington or the other speakers at such an auspicious event for an important issue) Howard’s story reminds us that while recognition and awards are great, the true reward should lie in the positive change one can bring about in another person’s life.

mike howard with annette bailey and annelai

“It was such an amazing honor to be given the 2023 ProtectHER Award, especially by Annette. It’s been a privilege to be part of Annette’s journey. Her courage, tenacity, and spirit of giving back have taught me so much and inspired me.” – Mike Howard

Going Beyond Just Legal Representation

Attorney Mike Howard is a Dallas-based criminal defense attorney with considerable experience in drug cases. He firmly believes in getting to know his clients and what they need to improve their circumstances and lives.

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