Lights of Liberty

Join us for dinner and cocktails at the Robert Treat Hotel in Newark on March 12 when we honor four of New Jersey’s brightest lights on civil rights and liberties. We will present the Legal Leadership Award to Joseph Krakora of the Office of the Public Defender and Ezra Rosenberg of Dechert LLC, and the Torchbearer Award to Garden State Equality and the People’s Organization for Progress. Cocktails are at 5:30 p.m. and dinner is at 7:00 p.m. Valet parking is available.

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About Our Honorees

Joseph Krakora

Under whose leadership the Office of the Public Defender has become not just a frequent ally of the ACLU-NJ, but also a leading voice on important criminal justice reform priorities, including bail reform. He has also advocated for providing post-dispositional representation for kids committed to the custody of the Juvenile Justice Commission (JJC).

Ezra Rosenberg

For his commitment to social justice, including important contributions to the ACLU-NJ’s work while a partner at Dechert LLC, in groundbreaking cases involving jail conditions and the intersection of the First Amendment and racial justice.

Garden State Equality

Garden State Equality may be best known as the plaintiff in Garden State Equality v. Dow, a lawsuit fi led in 2011 on its behalf and that of six same-sex families by Lambda Legal that led to New Jersey becoming the 14th state in the nation to have the freedom to marry for all. The organization continues the fight for full equality with public policy advocacy and grassroots organizing.

People’s Organization for Progress (POP)

The community-based organization’s work for racial, social and economic justice includes a decades-long focus on unconstitutional police practices that disproportionately impact communities of color. With the ACLU-NJ, POP is a founding steering committee member of Newark Communities for Accountable Policing (N-CAP).

About Our Keynote Speaker

Dale Ho

Dale is the director of the ACLU's Voting Rights Project, which is dedicated to defending the freedom of all Americans to exercise the most fundamental right in our democracy—the right to vote. His work includes litigation to combat voter suppression and legislative advocacy to open new opportunities for participation for the historically disenfranchised. Dale supervises the ACLU's voting rights litigation nationwide, with active cases in over a dozen states in every region of the country. He has litigated cases under the federal Voting Rights Act and the National Voter Registration Act, including Shelby County v. Holder (defending the constitutionality of Sections 4(b) and 5 of the Voting Rights Act before the U.S. Supreme Court).

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