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For 15 years and counting, the mission of Gideon’s Promise is to transform the criminal legal system by building a movement of public defenders who provide equal justice for marginalized communities. Gideon’s Promise, through its zealous public defenders, is working to end mass incarceration, keep families together, and building the bridge towards justice.
The 2022 A Night to Celebrate fundraising event is on October 20, 2022 from 6-10PM EST in New York, NY! It will be held at the Manhattan Penthouse. The theme is Building the Bridge Towards Equitable Justice. Hosting this in New York allows us the opportunity to build bridges with multiple communities and make justice a reality for all!
We will recognize two incredible individuals within the Greater New York City area with the 2022 Ian Yankwitt Equalizer Award and the Champion of the Community Award. A Night to Celebrate was created to engage New York’s social and legal changemakers. This year we are honoring Justine Harris, Partner at Sher Tremonte with the 2022 Ian Yankwitt Equalizer Award and Vincent Southerland, Assistant Professor of Clinical Law at NYU School of Law with the 2022 Champion of the Community Award.
The event will also allow for fun and fellowship! Featuring performances by Will Healy, Joel Leon, & Nick Zork to keep you on your toes, while you enjoy the open bar and delicious hors d'oeuvres. You don't want to miss it!
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OCTOBER 20, 2022
6PM - 10PM
Highlights from Last Event
It’s about that time! Join Gideon’s Promise as we present, A Night to Celebrate: Building the Bridge Towards Equitable Justice. It’s always a pleasure when we get to recognize individuals that are changing the status quo of our criminal legal system! Click the button to view 2019 A Night to Celebrate.
Partner l Sher Tremonte
Justine is known for her rigorous advocacy and unwavering dedication to her clients’ needs. She routinely obtains jury acquittals, wins pretrial motions to dismiss, and achieves favorable sentencing outcomes; many of her clients have had their charges reduced or were able to avoid criminal or civil liability altogether. Her criminal defense experience includes a wide range of complex financial and legal issues, including insider trading, securities fraud, bank fraud, campaign finance fraud, RICO, mortgage fraud, terrorism, obstruction of justice, bribery, and tax fraud. She also represents individuals in sensitive federal and state grand jury proceedings; internal investigations; and investigations conducted by government agencies, including the SEC, the Consumer Financial Protection Board, and the New York State Attorney General.
Prior to joining Sher Tremonte, Justine was a partner and co-founder at the litigation boutique Colson & Harris LLP. From 2001 to 2010, she served as an assistant federal defender for the Eastern District of New York, where she was lead counsel on hundreds of criminal cases in federal court. Her experience also includes an associate position at Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP; in this role, she worked on a wide variety of criminal and civil cases, including civil enforcement actions before the SEC and the NASD, commercial arbitrations, and various pro bono and commercial civil matters.
Recently, Justine and her team secured a full acquittal in a federal weapons trial in the Southern District of New York. After their client was charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm, they scored an early victory in the case, persuading the judge to suppress statements obtained in violation of Miranda v. Arizona. At trial, they conducted vigorous cross-examinations of the government’s law enforcement and forensic expert witnesses, and the jury returned a not guilty verdict after less than two hours of deliberation. This was the first acquittal in federal court in New York City since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic and the resumption of jury trials. Justine’s other CJA victories include obtaining not guilty verdicts on murder counts in a two-week federal criminal trial in the Southern District of New York; obtaining numerous deferred prosecution agreements for clients charged with gang and drug crimes in the Southern District of New York; and securing probationary sentences in serious cases based on the clients’ rehabilitation, including in a gang shooting prosecution.
Asst. Professor of Clinical Law l NYU School of Law
Co- Faculty Dir. l Race, Inequality, & Law at NYU School of Law
Vincent M. Southerland is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Law and Co-Faculty Director of the Center on Race, Inequality, and the Law at NYU School of Law. He teaches the Criminal Defense and Reentry Clinic and a seminar on race and the criminal system. He holds a BA from the University of Connecticut, a JD from Temple University School of Law, and an LLM from Georgetown University Law Center.
Vincent’s expertise centers on racial justice, civil rights, and the criminal legal system. His research explores the intersection of race and the criminal legal system, including the social and racial justice implications of predictive and surveillance technologies. His most recent scholarship applies a racial justice lens rooted in critical race theory to the design, use, and oversight of algorithmic tools in the criminal system. He serves on the boards of The Bail Project, the Federal Defenders of New York, the Center for Constitutional Rights, and Washington Square Legal Services, and is on the steering committee of the NYU Alliance for Public Interest Technology.
Prior to his appointment to the NYU Law faculty, Vincent was the inaugural Executive Director of the Center on Race, Inequality, and the Law. Before joining NYU Law in that role, he was an Assistant Federal Public Defender with the Federal Defenders for the Southern District of New York. His time at the Federal Defenders was preceded by seven years at the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund (LDF), where he was Senior Counsel. While at LDF, Vincent engaged in a wide range of criminal justice litigation and advocacy, including the successful representation of people sentenced to death across the American South and children sentenced to life imprisonment without parole. He also led LDF’s advocacy efforts around race and policing, and was lead counsel in several school desegregation cases. Vincent previously served as a staff attorney at The Bronx Defenders, and an E. Barrett Prettyman Fellow at Georgetown University Law Center. He began his career as a law clerk to the Honorable Theodore McKee, Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, and the Honorable Louis H. Pollak, of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. He was named an Alumni Merit Award Recipient by Temple Law Review in 2021.
Will Healy is a composer and pianist based in New York. Noted for his "lushly bluesy" sound and "adroitly blended... textures" (New York Times), he is the artistic director of ShoutHouse, a collective of hip-hop, jazz, and classical musicians.
Joel Leon is a performer, author and storyteller, born and raised in the Bronx, who writes and tells stories for Black people. He's been featured in the Columbia Journal, Sirius XM, and the Huffington Post. He has spoken and performed at the Apollo Theater.
Nicholas Zork is a singer-songwriter, composer, music director and collaborative artist. His songs, writing, teaching, and music practices explore ways that music can resonate, embody meaning, cultivate diverse and inclusive communities, and overcome social barriers.
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