Alliance for Justice hosts events featuring keynote speakers, many of whom are nationally recognized leaders in the legal and advocacy communities, who inspire guests and share their expertise and perspectives on our important work. We also have a regular series of public webinars for our Bolder Advocacy program teaching best practices for nonprofits to engage in advocacy, lobbying, and community organizing.

There are multiple ways to support our events and the fight for equal access to justice.

Featured Events

Boldly Forward: Celebrating Nan Aron and the Future of AFJ
October 20th, 2021 | 6 PM ET

Join us virtually for a very special event as we pay tribute to Nan, President and Founder of Alliance for Justice (AFJ). She is stepping down from the organization after 42 years of unparalleled determination and visionary leadership.  

Upcoming Events

Holding Court: Defending Trans Youth
September 21, 2021 at 6 PM ET | Online

Please join Rakim Brooks, President at the Alliance for Justice, Chase Strangio, Deputy Director for Transgender Justice at the ACLU, Katelyn Burns, Contributing Writer at Vox, Rodrigo Heng-Lehtinen, Executive Director of National Center for Transgender Equality, and other leading advocates on Tuesday, September 21st at 6 PM Eastern for a discussion breaking down the GOP’s most recent coordinated attack and how we can protect trans youth.  

Abogacía Más Audaz le invita a un Encuentro de activistas audaces
23 de septiembre, 2021 at 2 PM hora del Este | Online

Una reunión informal y gratuito entre activistas hispanohablantes para compartir sus experiencias, metas, tácticas, y retos de la abogacía comunitarias.

Member Exclusive Training: Advocacy Tools: Social Media 101
September 29, 2021 at 3 PM ET | Online

A members-only webinar on the ways 501(c)(3) and 501(c)(4) organizations can engage in advocacy on social media. This 101 will answer questions such as “can I amplify that?” and is the perfect forum for your new and experienced communications and advocacy staff alike.

Public Webinar: Foundation Support for Lobbying and Other Advocacy
October 12, 2021 at 2 PM ET | Online

Not sure how to make the case for funding advocacy?  Uncertain whether you can fund grantees that lobby? Wondering whether your public or private foundation can speak out on a particular issue? This training answers these questions and more!

Chats for Changemakers: An Informal Gathering of California Nonprofit Advocates
October 15, 2021 at 11 AM PT | Online

Chats for Changemakers is a series of informal online gatherings of California nonprofit advocates. This won’t be a legal training — it’ll be a cross-issue space for nonprofit advocates to learn from and connect with each other. 

Public Webinar: Social Media Rules for (c)(3)s
October 19, 2021 at 2 PM ET | Online

If your organization utilizes Twitter, YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, or any other social media platform, this workshop is for you!

Public Webinar: What Foundations Need Their Grantees to Know
November 10, 2021 at 2 PM ET | Online

This workshop will help you understand the rules that foundations operate under so you can be savvier when it comes to requesting support for advocacy.

Public Webinar: Record Keeping and Reporting for 501(c)(3)s that Lobby
November 18, 2021 at 2 PM ET | Online

Once you have a basic understanding of the IRS definitions of lobbying and how to determine your organization’s lobbying limits, you will need to track your lobbying expenses to be able to accurately report to the IRS and (where applicable) state and local agencies.

Public Webinar: Advocacy Evaluation and Capacity Building
December 10, 2021 at 2 PM ET | Online

For nonprofits engaged in advocacy and community organizing, having a keen understanding of organizational capacities is crucial to being able to act quickly when opportunities arise. Bolder Advocacy’s capacity assessment tools – ACT!ACT!Quick, and PowerCheck – are designed to help groups become more effective by supporting their ability to carry out and sustain advocacy and community organizing efforts.

Current
Series

Holding Court

Holding Court is a series of virtual conversations Alliance for Justice organizes featuring leading attorneys, progressive advocates, politicians and thought leaders on current events and today’s social justice issues. Join our network of supporters, public interest and civil rights attorneys, progressive partners, and advocates for briefings about timely legal and political developments that affect our rights and liberties.

Learn more about our Holding Court series here.


May I Approach? Courts and the Power of Inclusion

Launched in July 2020, May I Approach? is Building the Bench’s virtual conversation series highlighting the importance of experiential and demographic diversity for America’s courts.

Learn more about our May I Approach? series here.

Past
Events

Guilty People: A Conversation with Abbe Smith & Paul Butler

On December 10, 2020, Alliance for Justice was joined by Abbe Smith and Paul Butler for a virtual discussion about Smith’s latest book, Guilty People, which gives a thoughtful and honest look at guilty individuals on trial and how the defense must navigate through a complex criminal justice system.

Click here to watch the full event.

Justice First Virtual Event

On September 30, 2020, Alliance for Justice was joined by Bradley Whitford, Senator Sherrod Brown, NBC Analyst Heather McGhee, and former U.S. Attorneys Preet Bharara and Joyce Vance, along with some of our biggest supporters, to celebrate our mission.

Click here for the recap.

Stop Trump’s Judges: Protect Our Health Care and Our Rights Digital Rally

The coronavirus pandemic couldn’t stop us from speaking out against judicial nominees who do not belong on the court. On June 15, 2020, Senators Chuck Schumer, Mazie Hirono, and Bob Casey joined organization leaders and activists from over a dozen groups to speak out against anti-health care, anti-civil rights judges like Justin Walker and Cory Wilson.

Click here to watch the full rally.

40th Anniversary New York City Reception

On Wednesday, November 13, 2019, AFJ hosted over 300 members of the legal and advocacy community for a lively and engaging panel featuring Above the Law’s Elie Mystal, MSNBC’s Maya Wiley, and Slate Magazine’s Mark Joseph Stern. It was a fascinating conversation that touched on the impeachment inquiry into Trump, the impact of ultraconservative judges on the federal bench, and the need for progressives to prioritize the courts in 2020. 

40th Anniversary Luncheon

On June 5, 2019, we celebrated 40 years of AFJ! We recognized Mary Ann Stein, President of the Moriah Fund, for her remarkable career and dedication to justice, and were joined by Senator Mazie Hirono, Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, Cecile Richards, and more!

2018 Champions for Justice Benefit

On December 4, 2018, Alliance for Justice hosted our 2018 Champions for Justice Gala in NYC and were joined by two extraordinary women: Champion of Justice honoree Roberta Kaplan, known for her successful representation of Edie Windsor in United States v. Windsor, which led to marriage equality; and Sally Yates, former Deputy Attorney General who made headlines for refusing to defend Trump’s unconstitutional travel ban. It was a truly inspiring evening, attended by more than 400 members of the legal and advocacy communities, and including remarks from Tony West, Deepak Gupta, Joshua Matz, and Hilary Rosen.

Week of Solidarity with Survivors

The week of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford’s testimony included a national walkout, rallies at the Supreme Court and Senate, and a gathering of faith leaders.

Week of Action to Stop Kavanaugh

During the week of Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearings, people turned out every day to show what’s at stake if he is confirmed to the Supreme Court.