On April 9th our chapter honored Brad Seligman with the Champion of Justice Award and Aliya Karmali with the Unsung Hero Award at our Annual Testimonial Dinner. Over 400 people attended the event in downtown Oakland which featured documentary filmmaker Abby Ginzberg, Impact Fund board member Mari Mayeda, and a legislative award from Senator Loni Hancock and Assemblymember Bill Monning.
Unsung Hero Aliya Karmali
Aliya Karmali joined the Guild as a law student in 2006. The Guild was a political home for her during that time, and she became involved with the work of the United People of Color Caucus, Anti-Racism, Demonstrations and Immigration Committees. She later served on the chapter board as Law Student Vice President and the national board as the Anti-Sexism Committee co-chair.
As part of her efforts, Aliya has Legal Observed on innumerable occasions, helped organize many Progressive Lawyering Days, put together the first delegation of Guild attorneys to the U.N. Commission on the Status of Women in New York, and co-facilitated the Bay Area’s first series of anti-oppression workshops for public interest law students.
Aliya is deeply honored to have been nominated for the Unsung Hero 2011 award, in the powerful tradition of her predecessors. As a self-identified woman of color, she is thankful for having had the opportunity to contribute to the leadership of the Guild.
Aliya, Congratulations! We wish you all the very Best for getting nominated for the Unsung Hero 2011 Award, Good Luck and we are proud of you.