Dear Friend of the Guild,
Due to the ongoing health crisis, tonight’s NLG-LA 2020 Awards Celebration will be in a virtual format Sunday, November 15, 2020.
While we would prefer convening in person, we all know it is still not safe to hold large gatherings. The Annual Celebration means so much to our members, and it is the Guild’s main source of funding. We hope you will find tonight to be a meaningful and positive virtual experience.
Our program will spotlight this year’s incredible honorees, who have spent decades fighting for justice. Let us virtually come together with colleagues and friends and share gratitude with everyone here.
We thank you for your support of the Guild in these uncertain times. As you know, for over 80 years, NLG has acted as a legal arm of social justice movements, working tirelessly to defend the rights of the most marginalized communities. By participating tonight, you show your strong support for the Guild and for this year’s honorees, who work on the front-lines of the movement for civil rights–advancing immigrant, tenant, and worker rights, and addressing the injustice and harms of police abuse. We are proud of each honoree.
Alan Diamante, precedent-setting immigrant rights attorney whose cases have greatly advanced civil rights for immigrants. His pro bono work includes high profile defense of immigrant activists, spotlighting human rights violations against U.S. deportees from Central America, and fighting against fraudulent businesses that prey on vulnerable immigrant communities.
Jorge Gonzalez, longtime civil rights and criminal defense lawyer and NLG Board member. He has represented activists in many human rights struggles spanning several decades and has won important victories in court, holding police accountable for excessive and deadly force against activists and communities of color.
Maria Hall, solo practice lawyer focusing on civil rights, environmental justice, representing tenants suing slumlords, as well as pro bono activist legal defense. Active with many local organizations including MABA, Maria has been active with the Guild since law school and served as Guild co-president. She runs the LA Incubator Consortium, helping new solo attorneys committed to closing the access to justice gap.
Stop LAPD Spying Coalition Legal Team (Colleen Flynn, Hamid Khan, Jamie Rae Garcia, Matthew Strugar), won a game-changing lawsuit against the Los Angeles Police Department this year, forcing the agency to disclose countless public records revealing harmful policing of activists and communities of color.
UCLA Labor Center, believes that a public university belongs to the people and should advance quality education and employment for all. Every day they bring together workers, students, faculty, and policymakers to address the most critical issues facing working people today.