Lights of Liberty

Honor New Jersey’s greatest champions of civil rights and liberties at the ACLU-NJ Lights of Liberty Awards Dinner on May 9 at The Manor in West Orange.

Hear keynote speaker Susan Herman, the ACLU’s national board president and a renowned scholar of constitutional law, and remarks from the bold New Jersey advocates being honored. Cocktails are at 6 p.m. and dinner is at 7 p.m.

To purchase tickets call 973-854-1735.  You won’t want to miss it.

We’ll be giving awards to three champions of civil rights and liberties who make New Jersey more just and free.

Receiving the Legal Leadership Award

  • Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler (PBWT) recently represented the Islamic Society of Basking Ridge, which challenged Bernards Township’s denial of their application to build a mosque. PBWT secured a settlement and approval for the mosque after it was confirmed that town officials had expressed anti-Muslim sentiments. Earlier this year, PBWT reached a settlement on behalf of Muslims in Bayonne who had faced similar resistance to their construction application. Both cases were covered by the national press and will serve as lessons for municipalities nationwide. The award will be accepted by PBWT partner Adeel Mangi.

  • Jason Camilo is a steadfast advocate for immigrants’ rights in New Jersey. Following the enactment of the Muslim Ban, Jason led emergency efforts at Newark Airport. He continues to work with ACLU-NJ attorneys to represent Abdul, a man who had worked for the U.S. government in Afghanistan. Abdul was granted a special visa due to the threat he faced from the Taliban. When immigration offi cials sought to send Abdul back to Afghanistan, Jason sprang into action to help stop the impending, potentially deadly injustice. Today, Jason continues to represent Abdul before the immigration court.

Receiving the Torchbearer Award for community advocacy and grassroots activism

  • Make the Road New Jersey is an organization that builds the power of immigrant and working class communities in New Jersey to achieve dignity and justice through community organizing, legal and support services, transformative education, and policy innovation. Founded just over three years ago and directed by Sara Cullinane, MRNJ plays a critical role in fighting the deportation machine in New Jersey and is a valued ACLU-NJ partner in the New Jersey Alliance for Immigrant Justice. MRNJ’s dedication and courage is a constant source of inspiration.

To purchase tickets call 973-854-1735.

You won’t want to miss it.

Thank you to all our Sponsors!


Lowenstein Sandler


Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler


Anderson Kill
Guston & Guston
Fox Rothschild


McCarter & English
Pashman Stein Walder Hayden
Robert Johnson & Héctor Contreras

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