Join Us for NLG-NYC Spring Fling 2017!

By Executive Director, April 4, 2017 12:06 pm

Please join us for the NLG-NYC Chapter’s annual fundraiser Spring Fling 2017!

Come celebrate the Chapter’s 80th year and salute the extraordinary work of this year’s honorees with ample food, music and camaraderie.

Support the Chapter’s visionary work by purchasing a Sponsorship, Tickets and Journal Ads, and joining us on June 9! Details and bios below.























Honoree Bios

Justice Lucy Billings received her B.A. magna cum laude from Smith College and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa in 1970 and received her J.D. with honors from the University of California at Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall) in 1973. Justice Billings was a staff attorney at Vermont Legal Aid, a Senior Attorney at Utah Legal Services, Director of Legal Support for Legal Services for New York City, Staff Counsel for the American Civil Liberties Union Children’s Rights Project, and Director of Litigation for Bronx Legal Services. She handled class actions and other complex civil rights litigation to establish and enforce rights for minority, disabled, and low-income persons in housing, environmental justice, including prevention of lead poisoning, public health, child welfare, education, and employment.

Justice  Billings was elected to the Civil Court in 1997, appointed a Supreme Court Justice by designation in 2004, and elected to the Supreme Court in 2009. As a Civil Court Judge, she also served in the Criminal Court. She has presided over complex, high profile class actions and proceedings, including election proceedings. Those actions involved, for example, State agencies’ procedures for collecting debts, Mayor Giuliani’s attempts to prohibit street artists from selling their work, a teacher’s repeated sexual abuse of children at their public school, corruption and unsanitary conditions in the public markets, and major construction site disasters. Her published decisions have reformed the standards and procedures for employed public assistance recipients, for issuing business licenses, and for granting and revoking parole; in 2008, recognized same sex marriages; and found new avenues of recovery for injured construction workers, pothole victims, and families of infants who die at birth due to medical malpractice. Justice Billings is an avid skier and tennis player.

Alan Levine began his civil rights career representing activists in Mississippi and Alabama during the Freedom Summer of 1964. He remained in the south for the following year, then returned to NYC where he worked as a New York Civil Liberties Union staff lawyer for the next 13 years. During that time, he represented anti-Vietnam War protesters, directed NYCLU’s students’ rights project, co-authored the book, The Rights of Students, and litigated cases, including in the US Supreme Court, involving a broad range of civil rights and civil liberties issues. He was also an active participant in the Ocean Hill-Brownsville struggle for community control of the schools. He has taught constitutional litigation at NYC law schools and for five years directed Hofstra Law School’s Constitutional Law Clinic. 

During two years when he lived in Costa Rica, he worked with an indigenous rights organization to establish the right of Costa Rican Indians to choose traditional forms of self-government.

For more than ten years, Levine has been Special Counsel to LatinoJustice PRLDEF, for which he has successfully fought efforts of local communities to keep day laborers from gathering in public places. He also worked with local activists on the Lower East Side to keep the Giuliani administration from selling a building housing CHARAS, a flourishing community arts center.

He served as the Chapter’s counsel representing activists during Occupy, and in recent years he has written, spoken, and litigated in the struggle against Islamophobia and on behalf of Palestinian rights. He also was a member of the Chapter-led team that successfully sued the NYPD for its mass arrest operation during the 2004 RNC.


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