Any supporter who has attended one or both of our two past spring fundraising galas knows that we try very hard to bring some of the brightest minds from around our region to the stage at our event. That’s because our gala isn’t just about trying to raise money — it’s about thanking our loyal and dedicated supporters with an enjoyable and rewarding evening.
Our speaking program is a big part of that.
We believe we’ve put together a strong and diverse speaking program for this year’s event. Our announced speakers include U.S. Representative Jay Inslee, former Seattle City Councilmember Peter Steinbrueck, State Representative Reuven Carlyle, and Dr. Scott Macklin of the University of Washington.
This afternoon, I’m honored to reveal that they will be joined at the podium by respected Seattle attorney Timothy Ford, one of the many great lawyers at MacDonald Hoague & Bayless. As his biography says:
Tim’s civil practice ranges from major civil rights cases to claims of legal and medical malpractice, negligence and products liability, to highway design and car truck accidents. At the trial level, he has won clients in those areas millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements. In the appellate courts, his cases have repeatedly made law expanding the legal rights of patients, workers, criminal suspects, and prisoners. He has been called by one authority “the preeminent civil rights litigator in this region.”
Tim has held an AV rating from Martindale Hubbell for over twenty five years; he has been listed in the Best Lawyers in America for more than a decade; and he has been included in nearly every “best lawyers” list of Seattle lawyers ever published in the popular press.
We are among those who are inspired by Tim’s practice. Tim is what our friend and linguist George Lakoff would call a public protection attorney — somebody who truly cares about the rights and the health of fellow citizens, and who has put his talents to work to help those who need justice the most.
We’re very grateful that Tim is taking time out of his busy schedule to participate in our event. And we hope that you will, too.
If you haven’t bought a ticket to our event yet, now’s the time:
Can’t make the event? You can still make a donation!
NPI needs your help today to continue organizing and mobilizing for change.
Unlike many other organizations and unlike campaigns, we sink most of the dollars we receive directly into infrastructure to support our movement. NPI is not for-profit. We are the local progressive movement’s Swiss Army knife. We are here to empower fellow activists, to help our allies think long-term, to develop and refine ideas for a better future, and to reframe the debate.
The media, research, and outreach work that we do requires a significant amount of digital infrastructure — for instance, newsgathering equipment and computer servers. When you contribute to NPI, you’re helping us build this infrastructure.
The more infrastructure we have, the more effective we can be, and the more time we can spend on offense as opposed to defense.
We can’t do what we do by ourselves… your support makes what we do possible. We want to give you an opportunity to see in person how we’re stretching your dollars, meet other supporters, and hear from inspirational speakers, while enjoying refreshments and great music from local artists. That’s what our Spring Fundraising Gala is all about. We hope you’ll join us on April 28th.