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Dear Friends of Alice B. Jennings, 

Did you know that this year the NLG’s Ernie Goodman Award is recognizing the outstanding work of Alice B. Jennings, Esq. ? 

Each year at the National Lawyers Guild Convention the Ernie Goodman Award is awarded to a Guild lawyer who, within the past several years or currently,
is engaged in legal struggle against financial, political or social odds to obtain justice on behalf of those who are poor, powerless or persecuted (or, most likely, a combination of these).* Join us to honor Alice in this years NLG Law for the People dinner journal! 

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Detroit Attorney Alice Jennings, a member of both the NLG and NCBL, first joined the National Lawyers Guild as a law student at Wayne State University Law School in 1975-76.  While in law school, Alice was a leader of the struggle to defend and improve the affirmative action program.   Several right-wing members of the faculty were so threatened by Alice’s leadership that they drafted academic disciplinary charges against her — and three other law students — which could have resulted in their expulsion.  However, the faculty backed off in the face of determined opposition by law students; and by attorneys from the National Lawyers Guild and the National Conference of Black Lawyers.
For the 37 years she has been an attorney,  Alice has specialized in representing victims of racism, sexism and other forms of discrimination at the workplace and has epitomized the best qualities of members of the National Lawyers Guild. She has tirelessly, relentlessly, and skillfully used her legal skills to push the legal system to provide justice for poor and working people; to rectify racial injustice, and to enforce the principles of democracy. Her impressive ability to strategize and to lead struggles for social justice has placed her at the forefront of the most distinguished progressive litigation attorneys in the U.S. today.
In early 2014, the Detroit Emergency Manager — who was appointed by the right wing Republican Governor of Michigan to take over control of  the City of Detroit from its predominantly African-American elected officials and to run it in the interests of  the owners of multinational corporations — announced he was initiating a vigorous program to shut-off water to tens of thousands of residential consumers who were behind on their water bills.  These shut-offs occurred without any semblance of due process, and without consideration of whether those impacted were small children; seniors; disabled; or destitute.   Alice Jennings, working hand-in-hand with grassroots community organizers, immediately began to organize both the legal strategy and the movement to force the Emergency Manager to back off.
Please join us to celebrate Alice B. Jennings and all of this years esteemed law for the people awardees (BELOW) !  Thanks, Pooja Gehi, Executive Director National Lawyers Guild
This is your last chance to place your ad in the 2015 #Law4thePeople Convention Dinner Journal! The final deadline for all dinner journal ads has been extended to next Wednesday, September 23 at 12 midnight, EST. Whether it’s with a message congratulating one of our honorees or an ad publicizing your law firm, dinner journal ads are a great way to participate in this year’s #Law4thePeople Convention—all while supporting the Guild!
This year’s honorees are:
  • Walter Riley, Black Friday 14, Trayvon 2: Law for the People Award
  • Alice B. Jennings: Ernie Goodman Award
  • Sarah Coffey and Jill Humphries: Legal Worker Award
  • Art Heitzer: Debra Evenson Venceremos Award
  • Danielle Alvarado: C.B. King Award
  • Deborah Willis: Arthur Kinoy Award
  • Ahilan Arulanantham, Carol Weiss King Award​
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We hope to see you in Oakland—this is a Convention you won’t want to miss! There is still time to register online if you haven’t already and be sure to check out all the great events and activities planned at
Thanks for all you do!
-NLG National Office

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