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.
Public Webinar: Nonprofit Organizations and Ballot Measure Campaigns
May 23, 2022 at 2 PM ET | Online | $45
Increasingly, nonprofit organizations are on the front lines of ballot measure campaigns. In promoting their policy agendas, organizations need to understand the laws governing their participation in initiatives and referenda.
Public Webinar: Understanding California’s Lobbying Disclosure Laws
June 1, 2022 at 2 PM PT | Online | $45
Nonprofits can safely, legally, and effectively engage in state-level advocacy and lobbying work in California, but they need to understand what rules apply to their lobbying activities under California state law, in addition to federal tax law. This training is designed for all tax-exempt organizations doing work in the state of California.
Holding Court: The Supreme Court’s Ethical Dilemma
June 8, 2022 at 6 PM ET | Gupta Wessler, 2001 K Street NW, Washington, DC | Free
Join AFJ for a conversation on the array of proposals to implement a Supreme Court Code of Ethics, why it’s necessary, and how we got here. We’ll be in conversation with Senior Fellow for Governance Studies at The Brookings Institution Ambassador Norman Eisen (ret.) and Indivisible Director of Democracy Policy Meagan Hatcher-Mays. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse will deliver opening remarks.
There will be a reception at 6:00 PM with food and refreshments. The speaking program will start at 6:30 PM. Proof of vaccination will be required to attend the event. See link above for registration and more information.
Public Webinar: How to Manage 501(c)(3) and 501(c)(4) Affiliated Projects and Coalitions
June 28, 2022 at 2 PM ET | Online | $45
Is your organization part of a family of organizations? Thinking about creating a new entity? This session examines the different roles of 501(c)(3)s, (4)s and political organizations, and explores the federal tax rules on how these organizations can work together.
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.
Boldly Forward: Celebrating Nan Aron and the Future of AFJ
On October 20, 2021, Alliance for Justice hosted our Boldly Forward event and was joined by Stacey Abrams, Emily Bazelon, Michele Goodwin, Chris Hayes, DeRay Mckesson, and Elie Mystal. We were also thrilled that Speaker Nancy Pelosi stopped in for a surprise tribute. This year’s event paid tribute to Nan, founder and former President of Alliance for Justice (AFJ). She stepped down from the organization after 42 years of unparalleled determination and visionary leadership. It also served as part of our Boldly Forward campaign, which is designed to honor the incredible achievements of AFJ under Nan while ensuring that AFJ’s critical democracy-building work will move boldly forward into the next decade under our new President, Rakim Brooks.
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.
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.
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.
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.