Holding Court: Justice Conversations with AFJ

July 2, 2020

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. Start your evening with the beverage of your choice or take an afternoon coffee break to connect with others and dive into the issues of the day and how we can protect our courts, our rights, and our democracy. Participants submit questions before and throughout the conversation to be answered at the end. 

Upcoming Holding Courts

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Watch Previous Holding Courts

View the full playlist of our past Holding Court events here. You can view specific Holding Court events at the links below.


Holding Court: A Conversation with Alliance for Justice, Senator Chris Coons, and Harold Koh
Trump’s impact on our federal judiciary and what we can do to reclaim our courts
June 10, 2020

Speakers: Sen. Chris Coons (D-DE); Harold Koh, Sterling Professor of International Law, Yale University; Nan Aron, President, Alliance for Justice

President Trump and his allies in the Senate have waged an unprecedented attack on our courts, confirming nearly 200 federal judges. Now is the critical time for progressives to unite in calling for the next administration to prioritize undoing the damage inflicted on our judiciary. This conversation was an opportunity to reflect on Trump’s impact on the judiciary, and how we can fight back to reclaim our courts.

Watch the recording here.


Holding Court: A Justice Conversation with Alliance for Justice and American Association of Justice
The dangers of corporate immunity amidst a pandemic
June 4, 2020

Speakers: Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-HI); Linda Lipsen, CEO, American Association for Justice; Rebecca Dixon, Executive Director, National Employment Law Project; and Professor Myriam Gilles, Cardozo School of Law; Nan Aron, President, Alliance for Justice

Congressional Republicans have made clear their priority in the next phase of coronavirus relief is to provide corporations with blanket immunity from lawsuits if workers or customers are exposed to the virus. Join us for a discussion about why such a proposal is dangerous for our communities, and why there must be clear, science-based, and enforceable rules so that corporations can be held accountable for failing to take proper precautions to protect our health and safety.

Watch the recording here.


Holding Court: A Justice Conversation with AFJ and Rashad Robinson, Ai-jen Poo, and Ludovic Blain
Examining COVID-19 through a racial and economic justice lens
May 27, 2020

Speakers: Rashad Robinson, Executive Director of Color of Change; Ai-jen Poo, Executive Director of National Domestic Workers Alliance; Ludovic Blain, Director of California Donor Table

Across the country, millions of families, communities, and businesses have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Despite being named the great equalizer by many, the pandemic has disproportionately affected communities of color across the United States. Black and brown people comprise the majority of essential workers fighting on the frontlines, have been hit hardest by job losses, and face higher rates of infection and death. It’s undeniable that the pandemic has exacerbated longstanding systemic inequities across our healthcare system, environmental conditions, policing and criminal justice system, and more. Join us for a discussion about the root causes of the racial and economic disparities of COVID-19 and how our government’s response must address them.

Watch the recording here.


Holding Court: Defending the Rights of Detainees During COVID-19  
May 6, 2020 

Speakers: Myesha Braden, Director of Special Justice Initiatives, Alliance for Justice; Katherine Rosenfeld, Partner, Emery Celli; Baher Azmy, Legal Director, Center for Constitutional Rights; Professor Betsy Ginsberg, Director, Cardozo Civil Rights Clinic 

As COVID-19 cases and deaths continue to rise, the pandemic is exposing and exacerbating stark systemic inequities, and people in confinement are especially at risk. Already facing limited access to medical care and mistreatment throughout the criminal justice and immigration systems, they have limited ability practice social distancing, proper hygiene, and are at disproportionately higher risk for underlying health conditions. Katherine Rosenfeld, Partner at Emery Celli; co-counsel Professor Betsy Ginsberg, Director of the Cardozo Civil Rights Clinic; and Baher Azmy, Legal Director at the Center for Constitutional Rights discussed leading their litigation seeking release of people detained in Brooklyn’s federal jail and in ICE custody in Louisiana.   

Watch the recording here.


Holding Court: A Justice Conversation with AFJ, Joyce Vance, and Maya Wiley
Defending the Rule of Law in the Time of Trump and COVID-19 
April 29, 2020 

Speakers: Daniel Goldberg, Legal Director, Alliance for Justice; Joyce Vance, former U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Alabama; Maya Wiley, Legal Analyst, NBC and MSNBC and University Professor, The New School  

From Attorney General Barr intervening in the DOJ’s sentencing recommendation for President Trump’s longtime friend Roger Stone, to Trump’s recent declaration that as president he enjoys “total” power to dictate states’ pandemic policies, this administration has blatantly disregarded the core tenets of separation of power and respect for the rule of law. Joyce Vance, former U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Alabama and Maya Wiley, Legal Analyst for NBC and MSNBC and University Professor at The New School, discussed the Trump Administration’s threats to the independence of our justice system, and how to defend the rule of law in the time of COVID-19. 

Watch the recording here.


Holding Court: A Justice Conversation with AFJ, Deepak Gupta and Julie Murray
Civil Rights and Liberties in the Time of COVID-19 
April 15, 2020  

Speakers: Nan Aron, Founder and President, Alliance for Justice; Deepak Gupta, Founding Principal, Gupta Wessler LLC; Julie Murray, Staff Attorney, Planned Parenthood Federation of America 

Deepak Gupta, AFJ Board Member and Founding Principal of Gupta Wessler LLC, and Planned Parenthood attorney Julie Murray discussed ultraconservative efforts to exploit the public health crisis to further their agenda, from banning abortions to restricting voting rights to increasing the power of the gun industry.  

Watch the recording here.


Holding Court: A Justice Conversation with with AFJ and Congressman Jamie Raskin
April 1, 2020

Speakers: Nan Aron, Founder and President, Alliance for Justice; Congressman Jamie Raskin (MD-08)

Congressman Raskin discussed the intersections between COVID-19 and the justice system, including updates on the stimulus package, Trump’s support of the lawsuit threatening to strip healthcare from millions amidst a global pandemic, and how the administration’s moves to expand executive power in response threaten the independence of our justice system.

Watch the recording here.