NLG 2011 Annual Dinner : Honoring Debra Evanson

Posted on November 5, 2011

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November 5 , 2011
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Irish-American Heritage Center
4626 N. Knox , Erin Room (4th Floor)
Chicago, Illinois

his year NLG Chicago proudly honors Debra Evenson with the Arthur Kinoy Award.

A past president of the Guild, law professor, and one of the nation’s foremost authorities on the legal system and institutions of Cuba, Debra represented the finest tradition of a People’s lawyer. Since 1992, Debra was part of a legal team representing Cuba and its agencies and enterprises in all matters pertaining to the United States. She fought for the legal defense of Cuban sovereignty, and she is remembered by high government officials and workers, intellectuals and artists, academics and lawyers.

Debra also was a founding board member of the Sugar Law Center and remained on the Board until her death. Her work as a board member was instrumental in helping the Sugar Law Center defend the rights of working people in plant closing cases and the Center’s other important work.

During her time as Guild president from 1988-1991, Debra inspired younger generations to combine political passion to combat injustice and exploitation with outstanding legal skills. A fierce intellectual and tireless worker for the People, she taught—inside and outside the law school classroom—by her example, her publications, and her work. Debra died in Chicago on August 17, continuing to teach us through her grace and resilience confronting cancer. She will be deeply missed.

Join us as we celebrate Debra Evenson and her profound commitment to justice, the Guild, global equality, and full recognition of the Cuban nation and people.

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