November 19, 2014 - ACLU of Wake County's Annual W. W. Finlator Awards Dinner
Raleigh, NC

  • When: Wednesday, November 19, 2014. Social hour begins at 6 p.m. Dinner at 7 p.m.
  • Where: Casa Carbone, 6019 Glenwood Avenue, Raleigh, NC 27612
  • Honoring:
    • W. W. Finlator Award Recipient: Scott Holmes, attorney at Law, Brock & Meece, PA. Holmes is a trial attorney with 16 years of experience who has successfully represented clients in a broad spectrum of complex litigation matters. Holmes graduated with honors from the University of North Carolina Law School in 1998. He graduated with highest honors from UNC Chapel Hill for a thesis in history and won the Worth Award for excellence in philosophy. While at UNC Law, he received the Alan Berman Scholarship for Commitment to Civil Rights, and helped organize conferences on race, class and gender.Holmes is a noted and respected advocate for civil liberties, peace and justice and a cooperating attorney with the ACLU of North Carolina and the NAACP. Most recently, Holmes, Director of the N.C. Central University Civil Litigation Law Clinic, provided pro bono representation for multiple defendants arrested at the state capitol for exercising the right to assemble and speak as advocates for voting rights and a broad range of social justice concerns.  In addition, he has represented people in Durham charged with more than eighty charges of panhandling, he has represented undocumented youth members of the NC Dream team seeking inclusion, and has challenged racial profiling in the State Highway patrol and excessive force by the Durham Police. His advocacy, doubtless, contributed to a September 12, decision by Judge Donald Stephens, senior resident Superior Court judge of Wake County, dismissing charges against Leonard Beeghley based on the judges understanding that the legislative building clearly qualifies as what the United Supreme Court described in a 2013 ruling as: "a traditional public fora … (an area) have historically … open to the public for speech activities." Holmes is also a long time member of the Durham Friends Meeting, a Professor of Restorative Justice, a ballet dancer, and musician.
    • Wake County ACLU Civil Liberties Award Recipients: Moral Monday Arrestees. The Wake County Chapter of the ACLU invites any individual arrested since the beginning of the 2013-2014 legislative session in conjunction with the exercise of his or her right to peaceful assembly and freedom of speech at the North Carolina State Legislative Building to stand and be recognized as a co-recipient of the 2014 Wake County Civil Liberties Award. Those arrested in exercise of their fundamental freedoms have demonstrated a commitment to advocacy and defense of civil liberties and social justice that is not only worthy of recognition, but essential to the continuity and vibrance of our democracy.  These individuals' persistence in reminding elected officials of their duty to promote equality and respect in the community is commendable.
  • Keynote Speaker: Allison Riggs, senior staff attorney, Southern Coalition for Social Justice. Allison Riggs is a staff attorney, since 2009, with the Southern Coalition for Social Justice (SCSJ) whose work is focused on voting rights and environmental justice. Her voting rights work over the last four years has been focused on redistricting, and she has litigated redistricting cases on behalf of State NAACP Conferences in Texas, Florida and North Carolina. She has also been involved in defending the constitutionality of Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act.  She received her undergraduate, Master’s Degree and J.D. from the University of Florida. During law school, she was the student coordinator for the Restoration of Civil Rights Project–a student organization that provided assistance to applicants seeking to have the state of Florida restore to them their civil rights following a felony conviction.
  • Payment: Cost is $45 per person. Make checks payable to: ACLU of Wake County, PO Box 10491, Raleigh, NC. Please include names of attendees, address, email and phone number.
  • Dinner includes salad, rolls, and a selection of the following entrees: meat lasagna, vegetable lasagna, fettucine alfredo, soft drinks, coffee/tea and dessert. All entrees will be available, no advance selection is necessary. Please alert us to dietary restrictions.
  • Questions? Contact Josh McIntyre at 919-834-4478 (evenings and weekends) or .                                                                             

February 28, 2015 - 2015 Frank Porter Graham Awards Dinner
Chapel Hill, NC

  • What: The ACLU-NC's annual ceremony to honor those who have helped defend and advance civil liberties in North Carolina.
  • When: Saturday, February 28, 2015. Jazz reception, buffett dinner and open bar begins at 5 p.m. Awards presentation begins at 6:30 p.m.
  • Where: William and Ida Friday Center for Continuing Education. 100 Friday Center Drive, Chapel Hill, NC.
  • Keynote speaker: ACLU Executive Director Anthony Romero. Read his bio here.
  • Award recipients: Nominate a civil liberties hero here. Deadline for nominations is November 24 at 5 p.m.
  • Stay tuned for more updates.