On Saturday, April 27, 2019 hundreds of progressive, radical legal workers, lawyers, and law students will be joined by friends in honoring members of our community at the National Lawyers Guild San Francisco Bay Area Chapter Testimonial Dinner 2019 Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.

Congratulations to our 2019 Honorees:

Champions of Justice

Christine Brigagliano worked as an educator before enrolling at UC Hastings in 1979. It was an introduction to the NLG which convinced her a law degree was worth pursuing and she joined the Guild Labor Committee, volunteering for the “Unemployment Insurance Project”, at that time one of the few opportunities for a first year student to obtain legal experience. As a 2L she worked with NLG labor attorneys John True and Gail Wetzel.

In 1989, after experience working both in private practice and with non profit organizations including
the ILRC, MALDEF and CRLAF as an immigration/farmworker advocate, Christine joined Marc Van Der Hout’s law practice. In 1995 they formed a partnership which incorporated pro-bono, public interest and political work. The firm continues to be recognized as one of the pre-eminent immigration law firms in the country. Christine focused her practice on representing employers and employees in employment-based immigration applications and petitions as well as individuals in applications for immigrant and non-immigrant visas, waivers, naturalization, and asylum. She retired from the partnership in 2016 and serves as Of Counsel to the firm.

Throughout her working career, and beyond, Christine has maintained her commitment to community work with service as a Board member for the Chinatown Community Children’s Center; Survivor’s International and Equal Rights Advocates. As a retiree, she serves as Assistant Chair of the CRLA Foundation Board and as a member of the Bar Association of San Francisco’s Immigration Task Force. She has volunteered as a Naturalization Trainer and at Naturalization clinics in the CA Central Valley organized by the CRLA Foundation, the International Rescue Committee and El Concilio.

Nancy Hormachea joined the Guild in Houston in 1973. With Guild lawyers, law students and legal workers who had radical lawyering experience with at Wounded Knee and Attica, she helped to grow the Houston chapter and create the Texoma region. She initially practiced criminal law working with Guild lawyers but soon began practicing immigration law after Guild law students introduced her to Iranian students activist from the Confederation of Iranian Students in 1975. For the next four decades Nancy has been involved with the Iranian community. When ISA members moved to Iran to participate in the revolution to topple the Shah, Nancy joined them from 1979 to 1982 in Iran. Nancy has also been in involved with the struggle for a Free Palestine and participated in NLG delegations to the Middle East in 1977 and 2002.

Nancy has been involved in immigration and refugee work in the Bay Area since 1983 serving as co-chair of the local Immigration Committee for several years, co-founding AROC, SFILEN and OMID Advocates for Human Rights. Nancy was honored as an Outstanding Woman by the City of Berkeley for her exceptional work on behalf of immigrant women and received the Iranian American Bar Association Community Pro Bono Award, the Carol Weiss King Award from NIP and Service Awards from EBSC and MECA.

Unsung Hero

Osha Neumann

Partners in Liberation

California Coalition for Women Prisoners


Registration Information

Register for food, auction item bidding, music, and honoring our featured guests here

General Admission – $165

Law Student & Legal Worker Admission – $75

Low-income tickets will be available in limited quantity closer to the event date

Sustainers! As you may know, we’ve updated our Sustainer Member Structure for 2019. You can find more information about it at nglsf.org/members. To register, please correspond with Marcelena at marcelena@nlgsf.org or call 415-285-5067 ext.102

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