Lights of Liberty

On May 2, 2019, at The Manor in West Orange, honor NJ’s most significant civil rights leaders with us – including one especially close to our heart.  

Hear keynote speaker Cecillia Wang, ACLU Deputy Legal Director and Director of the Center for Democracy, which encompasses the ACLU’s work on immigrants’ rights, voting rights, national security, human rights, and speech, privacy and technology. You’ll also hear remarks from the bold New Jersey advocates being honored. Cocktails are at 6 p.m. and dinner is at 7 p.m.

Online ticket sales have concluded. Please call 973-854-1735 to find out about availability. You won’t want to miss it.

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

Receiving the Roger N. Baldwin Award

Edward Barocas, former Legal Director of the ACLU-NJ, demonstrated steadfast commitment to the principles of liberty, equality, and due process of law throughout his 17 years of leadership. Ed has made substantial and outstanding contributions to civil rights and civil liberties. During his tenure, the legal department of the ACLU-NJ expanded from a two-person operation that relied almost exclusively on pro bono attorneys to a full-time staff of eight, growing our capacity to lead important litigation.

Receiving the Legal Leadership Award

Paul Weiss and the Pro Bono Network have played an integral role in one of our most influential immigrants’ rights cases during the Trump administration. When Indonesian Christian residents of Central Jersey were targeted by ICE, the ACLU-NJ was desperate for pro bono help. Paul Weiss stepped in immediately, handled a massive federal class action on a short deadline, and helped recruit a first-rate team of attorneys and law firms to represent our clients in their immigration cases.

We are proud to honor all members of the network, including Davis Polk, Gibbons PC, Kirkland & Ellis, the Law Offices of Jason Scott Camilo, Lowenstein Sandler, Morgan Lewis, Paul Weiss, Riker Danzig, Seton Hall Center for Social Justice, and Sidley Austin.

Michael Noriega, Esq. is a partner at Bramnick, Rodriguez, Grabas, Arnold & Mangan, LLC. A leading expert on the intersection between criminal law and immigration law, Mike always makes time to offer his advice and assistance. Mike has served as a cooperating attorney for the ACLU-NJ twice before the New Jersey Supreme Court, and has been an invaluable ally on countless other projects.

Receiving the Torchbearer Award for community advocacy and grassroots activism

Johanna Calle has led the New Jersey Alliance for Immigrant Justice, a statewide coalition of more than 40 organizational members, with conviction and vision since its founding in 2014. Because of her political savvy and expertise on myriad issues that impact immigrants in New Jersey, the Alliance has become a leader in the state on immigrants’ rights issues.  Because of Johanna’s persistence and dedication, New Jersey is now a model for other states seeking to protect immigrants.

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