Dear Friend of the Guild,

The Annual Awards Celebration means a lot to our members and is the Guild’s main source of funding. While we hoped to be celebrating in person with you this year, due to the ongoing pandemic and recent surge in cases, we will be hosting our Annual Awards Celebration virtually on Sunday, November 7, 2021, at 5:00pm.

Our slideshow presentation for this year’s gala will kick off at 4:30pm.

We are working to ensure that this year’s event is a meaningful and participatory virtual experience for everyone. The virtual event will include a powerful program that showcases this year’s incredible honorees who have spent decades fighting for social justice; spotlights the incredible work the Guild has done this past year on behalf of our movement partners; celebrates the big and small wins the Guild has achieved through its advocacy efforts; and acknowledges all those who made this year’s awards celebration a success.

We hope you will continue your support of the Guild in these uncertain times. For over 80 years, NLG has been the definitive legal arm of social justice movements, working tirelessly to defend the rights of the most marginalized communities. By participating in the event, you show your strong support for the Guild and for this year’s lineup of honorees, who have worked on the front-lines of the movement for civil rights–advancing the rights of immigrants, tenants, workers, and victims of police violence. We are proud of this year’s tremendous honorees.

This Year’s Inspiring Honorees Are:   

Holly Mitchell was elected to the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors in 2020. Previously she served in the California State Assembly and Senate, where she authored over 90 bills that became law and many of which have been at the forefront of expanding healthcare access, addressing systemic racism, and championing criminal justice reform. Before being elected to public office, she was the CEO of Crystal Stairs, California’s largest non-profit dedicated to child and family development, and worked as a legislative advocate for the Western Center on Law and Poverty. 

As an SDS member, Michael Lee was arrested several times in the fight for Black and Chicano Studies at what is now CSUN. He later was expelled from CSUN for protesting the invasion of Cambodia and the killings at Kent State University and was jailed while a student organizer for the citywide Peace Action Council. A longtime Guild Board Member and twice its chapter president, he worked for many years as a lawyer in the Los Angeles County Public Defender office and was an early faculty member at Peoples College of Law.
Since retiring from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department in 1993, Roger Clark has become a nationally recognized authority on policing, custody, investigations and use of force issues. A number of his cases have resulted in significant appellate decisions limiting police misconduct and changing training and policy. His work is held in high regard by members of the National Police Accountability Project, which is a creation of the National Lawyers Guild.

Through its organizing in immigrant and working class communities, Local 11 has transformed hospitality workplaces and the political landscape in Southern California and Arizona. To support this work, the Union has developed, with the participation of many NLG members and law students, a model of creative movement lawyering to build worker power. The award will be accepted by Local 11’s General Counsel, Jeremy Blasi.
Vicki I. Sarmiento is a major figure in Civil Rights Law and one of the few Latinas in private practice in this challenging field. A graduate of Hastings College of Law, she has a solid track record of obtaining a substantial recovery on behalf of victims of police abuse and abuse of those in custody. Her work has been featured in the Los Angeles Times, the Daily Journal, and the Miami Herald, and has spurred important changes in jail segregation policies in both juvenile and adult facilities.

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Event Sponsorships

Front-Lines Sponsor  $2,500 (includes 10 tickets and recognition in event program)

Movement-Builder Sponsor  $5,000 (includes 20 tickets, recognition in event program, and mention on website)

Indispensable Sponsor  $10,000 (includes 25 tickets; recognition in event program, evite, and mention on website


Regular Table $1,250 (10 seats)

Host Table $2,000 (10 seats + name(s) listed as hosts(s) on website, program, and e-invite)

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Event Tickets

Regular Ticket  $135

Host Ticket  $250  (name listed as host on e-invite)

Host Ticket  $500  (name listed as host on e-invite, website and program)

*Note: you can sponsor tickets for students and/or low-income Guild members to attend the event. We do not want money to be a barrier for low-income Guild members attending the event. To request a discounted or free ticket for a low-income Guild member, email 

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By Check: Please send a check payable to NLG-LA to 3916 Sepulveda Blvd, #105, Culver City, CA 90230 (no processing fee). Please include your name, organization (if applicable), address, email, and phone number.

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