For 16 years, the Northern California Innocence Project (NCIP) has been working tirelessly on behalf of the wrongfully convicted by promoting a fair, effective, and compassionate criminal justice system and protecting the rights of the innocent. Since our founding in 2001, we have cleared the names of 23 innocent people who collectively have served more than 297 years in prison. To make this work possible, we work for years – and sometimes decades – on our cases. This work is not possible without community support.
The Justice for All Awards Dinner is our largest fundraising event of the year and critical to NCIP’s sustainability. At the dinner we thank key supporters and celebrate the accomplishments of the exonerees they have helped to free. Each year, approximately 300 business, civic, and legal community leaders from the San Francisco Bay Area join us at the dinner, which is regarded as one of the premier legal fundraisers in Northern California.
This year’s dinner will be held at the Julia Morgan Ballroom in San Francisco on April 12, 2018. Honorees include Natasha Minsker, Center Director for the ACLU of California Center for Advocacy, and Jarret Adams, exoneree and attorney.
Natasha Minsker is the Director of the ACLU of California Center for Advocacy & Policy and is responsible for advancing the ACLU’s civil liberties and civil rights policy goals in the State Capitol.
The office advocates on a broad range of issues including criminal justice, education, freedom of expression, immigrants’ rights, LGBT rights, privacy, racial justice, reproductive justice, and voting rights. Before coming to Sacramento, Natasha served as the ACLU of California’s Death Penalty Policy Director for nine years and as the Associate Director of the ACLU of Northern California for one year. She is a graduate of Stanford Law School and Cornell University. Under Natasha’s leadership, the ACLU has been a strong partner to NCIP in legislative efforts addressing innocence issues.
Jarrett Adams was wrongfully convicted of sexual assault at age 17 and sentenced to 28 years in prison. After serving nearly 10 years and filing multiple appeals, Jarrett was exonerated with the assistance of the Wisconsin Innocence Project.
Jarrett used the injustice he endured as inspiration to become an advocate for the underserved and often uncounted. As a first step, Jarrett earned his Juris Doctorate from Loyola University Chicago School of Law in May 2015 and started a public interest law fellowship with Ann Claire Williams, judge for the Seventh Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals – the same court that reversed Jarrett’s conviction because of his trial lawyer’s constitutional deficiencies. After completing his fellowship, Jarret worked as an attorney at the Innocence Project in New York. He currently works in private practice as a defense attorney. His story of incarceration, exoneration and redemption has been featured widely in the media, and he has become a sought-after motivational speaker for athletes, students, inmates, attorneys, and others.
We hope you will join us at the 2018 Justice For All Awards Dinner to celebrate justice and honor those who make our work possible.
April 12, 2018
Julia Morgan Ballroom
465 California Street
San Francisco, CA 94104
VIP Reception: 5 – 6 pm
Cocktail Reception: 6 – 7 pm
Dinner Program: 7 -9 pm