On Saturday, April 14, 2018, over 250 Guild members and allies gathered at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts for our annual Testimonial Dinner. Our honorees included long-time Guild attorneys Linda Fullerton and Hunter Pyle, documentary filmmaker April Martin, and community group Anti Police-Terror Project. You can read more about our honorees in our Testimonial Dinner Journal, which can be found below.
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About our 2018 Testimonial Dinner Honorees
Champions of Justice Honorees
Linda Fullerton Linda Fullerton has been a member of the Guild since the 1980’s and was instrumental in launching the Anti-Racism Committee, which informed our work with an anti-racism analysis. Linda has a long history of fighting for those who lack a voice in the criminal justice system. With a criminal defense practice that focuses on representing individuals accused of gang activity, she has been a force for justice in the legal community. Her tireless and consistent defense work and her commitment to the Guild is why she is one of our Champions of Justice.
Hunter Pyle has been active with the Guild since law school. He has dedicated his entire career to fighting for economic justice as an employment attorney and has successfully grown his private practice into an industry leader in employment law. He also trains the next generation of lawyers by teaching the employment law course at UC Berkeley (Boalt Hall) School of Law and previously served on the faculty of the Stanford Law School Trial Advocacy Workshop. Hunter is a past President of NLG-SF and is a main organizer of one of the Guild's primary fundraisers, Staying True to Your Roots, a day-long CLE program for members and other progressive attorneys. Hunter's contributions to our progressive legal community and to the Guild is why he is one of our Champions of Justice.
Unsung Hero Honoree
April Martin is a documentary filmmaker and street photographer. She spent 10 years reporting on 15 African Americans killed by police between 1995 and 2001 for her documentary, Cincinnati Goddamn, released in 2015. “...I was shocked by my co-workers’ cavalier attitudes about blacks’ outrage. I decided that despite not having formal training, I was going to make a documentary about the riots. Armed with a camera, I infiltrated city council meetings, protests and rallies. Seemingly overnight, I morphed from middle-class black slacker to a guerrilla filmmaker and activist.” April has been awarded numerous grants and awards for her work. Currently, she lives in Oakland and is the brains and producer behind Know Your Rights, a video to help activists understand their legal rights.
Partner in Liberation Honoree
The Anti Police-Terror Project is a Black-led, multi-racial, multi-generational coalition committed to responding to - and eradicating - police terror from communities of color. APTP develops replicable and sustainable campaigns and practices to told law enforcement agencies publicly accountable for their actions. APTP is committed to pursuing community-driven alternatives to policing that restores power and security to the people.
National Lawyers Guild Bay Area Chapter 2018 Testimonial Dinner Photos
Photos by George Almanza