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Past Events

This is a list of some of the past events organized, hosted, or sponsored, by the ACLU of Utah. 

Bill of Rights BREAKFAST Celebration!

16 May 2013 Published in Past Events
The ACLU of Utah’s 55th Sparkling Emerald Anniversary Bill of Rights Celebration was a splashing success! This year, nearly 300 guests enjoyed coffee, breakfast, and free Mimosas and Bloody Marys while chatting with friends and fellow supporters about protecting civil liberties in Utah. The morning kicked off with a video featuring ACLU of Utah plaintiffs who shared their struggles against oppressive state laws, including HB 461 (a law mandating a 72-hour waiting period for women seeking abortions), and HB 497 (Utah’s version of Arizona’s “Show me your papers” law), which, thankfully, the ACLU of Utah has helped block for two years! Executive Director Karen McCreary presented the 2013 Torch of Freedom Award to the Salt Lake Dream Team, a group of courageous students who have exposed their undocumented immigrant status in pursuit of immigration reform. Attendees also heard from Tina Weber, the ACLU of Utah plaintiff who successfully sued the Davis School District for the return of In Our Mothers’ House, a charming children’s book about a same-sex parent family, to elementary school library shelves in Davis County. 2013 Youth Activist Scholarship recipients Liesl Darger, Eliza Grainger, and Sheila Lazcano accepted awards honoring their advocacy for religious freedom, comprehensive sex…

GIDEON'S ARMY- Free Film Screening & Panel Discussion

01 March 2013 Published in Past Events
EVERYONE DESERVES THE BEST DEFENSE THIS AWARD WINNING FILM TAKES AN INSIDE LOOK AT THE PROBLEMS WITH OUR CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM FROM THE PERSPECTIVE OF THREE YOUNG PUBLIC DEFENDERS. In commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the historic Supreme Court decision in Gideon v. Wainwright MONDAY, APRIL 1, 2013 6:30 PM SLC DOWNTOWN CITY LIBRARY AUDITORIUM FREE FILM SCREENING FOLLOWED BY A PANEL DISCUSSION EXPLORING THE STATE OF INDIGENT DEFENSE IN UTAH Moderated by Jesse Nix, President, Utah Minority Bar AssociationJudge John Baxter, Salt Lake City Justice CourtEmily Chiang, Professor of Constitutional Law, S. J. Quinney School of Law at the University of UtahJohn Mejia, Legal Director, ACLU of UtahCliff Venable, Attorney, Salt Lake Legal Defenders AssociationCLE Approval Pending SPONSORED BY ACLU of UtahUtah Association of Criminal Defense LawyersUtah Minority Bar Association We are excited to co-sponsor this event in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the historic Supreme Court decision inGideon v. Wainwright concluding that state governments have an obligation under the United States Constitution to provide lawyers to people charged with a crime who cannot afford to hire their own. Despite that clear decision, and despite the Court’s extension of the right to counsel for juvenile delinquency cases and to misdemeanor cases where…