Parties & Special Events

In addition to the dozens of major panels, workshops and CLEs offered at the #Law4thePeople Convention, check out this wide range of parties and special events we have scheduled! (NOTE: Events marked with an asterisk * are paid events; tickets are available for purchase online.) All events will take place at the 21c Museum Hotel unless indicated otherwise.


Welcome Reception, 5-7 PM  & Keynote Program, 7-8:30 PM

Kick off the convention Thursday evening for a reception sponsored by the National Police Accountability Project (NPAP) of the NLG and National Immigration Project of the NLG (NIPNLG)! We’ll be celebrating 20th anniversary of NPAP, and NIPNLG will present their Daniel Levy Award to the International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP).

Then, listen to an inspiring Keynote Address delivered by the brilliant Ash-Lee Woodard Henderson, Co-Executive Director of the Highlander Center, and presentation of the Arthur Kinoy Award to Brigada Legal Solidaria and Carol Weiss King Award to Denyse Sabagh. Learn more about the awardees here! Free and open to the public!

Inter-Gen Student Party at Arcana w/ DJ VSPRTN! 9 PM-12 AM (NO COVER!)

As soon as the keynote program wraps us, Guildies of all generations are welcome to join the NC chapter and tarot-themed bar Arcana for the convention’s legendary student party, featuring music by DJ VSPRTN! Free entry, no cover!


Smash the Patriarchy! Brunch* with Kayla Hartsfield of SONG: 12:30 – 2 PM [Purchase tickets]

Join us Friday of the convention for a delicious vegan brunch buffet and an important discussion with Kyla Hartsfield, North Carolina Statewide Organizer at SONG (Southerners On New Ground), on local organizing efforts to dismantle the patriarchy.  SONG is a regional Queer Liberation organization made up of Black people, people of color, immigrants, undocumented people, people with disabilities, working class and rural and small town, LGBTQ people in the South.

Kyla Hartsfieldis from Raleigh, NC but has made a home out of Durham, NC. She’s a Southern, Black, Queer, Organizer who believes in the storytelling, moon, abolition, love and Black People. She’s obtained a B.A. in English from the illustrious North Carolina Central University. During her last semester of college, Kyla found SONG and was hired as the Durham Organizing Fellow. She is currently the North Carolina Statewide Organizer. During that time, she allowed herself to be transformed by the work and SONG stuck with her. Her life has been on an upward spiral fighting for the liberation of all and is extremely thankful for everyone who has taken her under their wing. Kyla is Scorpio Sun and Moon and Leo Rising. In her spare time, she enjoys trying new foods, getting tattoos, and dreaming of a world without cages.

International and Labor & Employment Committees Joint Reception: 6-8 PM

Join the NLG’s International Committee and Labor & Employment Committee (two of our largest!) as they present the the Debra Evenson “Venceremos” Award to Judy Somberg. FREE!


Annual Awards Dinner*: 7-10 PM [Purchase tickets]

Join us over a delicious vegan meal as we honor the outstanding work of recipients of the Law for the People (MacArthur Justice Center, Louisiana Office), Ernie Goodman (Azadeh Shahshahani), Legal Worker (Leoyla Cowboy), and C.B. King (Michael Podgurski) Awards. Show your support for the Guild, meet friends old and new, find inspiration in the remarkable achievements of our members, and renew your commitment to our vision and values. This event sells out every year, so don’t miss it! Learn about the awardees and purchase tickets here. Prior to the event, there will be a free pre-dinner reception open to all.