Maurice & Jane Sugar Law Center

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The Maurice & Jane Sugar Law Center for Economic & Social Justice is a national non-profit, public-interest law center representing community groups, workers' rights groups and individuals seeking systemic change toward economic and social justice.[1] The Center is affiliated with the National Lawyers Guild.

About

Maurice and Jane Sugar were a husband and wife team who shared a lifelong dedication to social justice causes. Through legal advocacy and grassroots activism, they were prominent figures in the early labor movement and in the formation of the National Lawyers Guild. As part of their legacy, they endowed a foundation that provided the primary funds for Sugar Law's first years.

Headquartered in Detroit, the Center seeks to help people and communities across the United States. In many cases, the Center provides services for free or at an affordable rate. Sometimes, the Center will recover the cost of services through court-awarded fees. The center depends on grants and tax-deductible donations to ensure that they can continue to provide no-cost or low-cost services to those who need them.[1]

Personnel

Board of Directors

As at Jan. 27, 2011, the following served on the Board of Directors for the Center:[2]

As at Winter, 2008, the following served on the Board of Directors:[3]

Staff

The following have worked for the Center:[4]

Former Staff:

Others: The following provide pro bono support to Sugar Law:[3]

Interns

The following have done internships at the Center:[5]

2010:

2009:

2008:

2007:

2006:

2005:

2004:

2003:

Advisory Board

As at Winter, 2008, the following served on the Advisory Board:[3]

Donors

$2,500:

$1,000:

$500-999:

$250-499:

Essential: Advocacy for Workplace Justice

Essential: Advocacy for Workplace Justice is the annual fundraising event to benefit the Maurice & Jane Sugar Law Center.

2007

The 2007 Essential: Advocacy for Workplace Justice Reception & Silent Auction was held on Nov. 14, 2007 at the Detroit Public Library Skillman Branch, Downtown Detroit. The guest of honor was Andy Levin, Deputy Director, Michigan Department of Labor & Economic Growth. Live jazz was performed by Spencer Barefield & Donald Mayberry.[6]

The following were members of the Honorary Host Committee:

2008

On Nov. 14, 2008, the Sugar Law Center held a reception entitled "Essential: Advocacy for Workplace Justice" at Detroit Public Library’s Skillman branch. The evening included live jazz by internationally acclaimed musicians, A. Spencer Barefield and Donald Mayberry; a silent auction of 47 items including artwork, crafts, entertainment and dining pleasures; a raffle of two vacation getaways; hors d’oeuvres from Atlas Global Bistro; and a short speech on workers’ rights by guest of honor Andy Levin.[3]

Present at the reception were:

2009

The 2009 Essential: Advocacy for Community Justice Reception & Silent Auction was held on Nov. 18, 2009 at the Atlas Global Bistro, Detroit. Remarks were made by Steve Tobocman and the Maurice Sugar Voice for Justice Award was presented to Marilyn Mullane, Executive Director, Michigan Legal Services.[7]

The following were members of the Host Committee:

2010

Screenshot of Essential: Advocacy for Community Justice reception (click image to enlarge)

On November 18, 2010, the far left Maurice & Jane Sugar Law Center for Economic & Social Justice presented "The Maurice Sugar Voice for Justice Award" to Van Jones "Human Rights Activists and Green-Jobs Advocate", at the United Way for Southeastern Michigan, 660 Woodward Ave, Suite 300.

Members of the Honorary Host Committee were;[8]

Affiliations

Committees of Correspondence

In 1992, Julie Hurwitz, executive director Maurice & Jane Sugar Law Center, Detroit, endorsed the Committees of Correspondence national conference Conference on Perspectives for Democracy and Socialism in the 90s held at Berkeley California July 17-19.[9]

NAACP

In 1997 the Center received the Environmental Justice Award from the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People-Flint Chapter for their work on the case NAACP v. Engler.[1]

Democratic Socialists of America

On Nov. 14, 2003, Detroit DSA's annual Frederick Douglass-Eugene V. Debs Dinner was held at the union hall of historic United Auto Workers Local 600, which represents the workers at River Rouge.

The event honored four people: Julie Hurwitz, the Executive Director of the National Lawyers Guild and the Maurice & Jane Sugar Law Center; Phillip Schloop, the business manager of the International Union of Operating Engineers, who, along with the AFT’s David Hecker, brought Detroit DSA into the Metro AFL-CIO Labor Council-led living wage campaign; longtime DSA member and union activist Carl Shier, who helped found the Democratic Socialist Organizing Committee, one of the forerunners of DSA; and life-long socialist Oskar Paskal, who worked for much of his life in labor education through the UAW and is an activist in the fight for single-payer healthcare.[10]

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