Please join us for our special two-part Gala celebration of our NELA community. We welcome your support whether or not you can join us in person.

Awards Ceremony: Thursday, June 27, 5:30 p.m.

Included in Convention Registration

NELA will honor three of your colleagues for their distinguished service, inspiring leadership, and strong commitment to the cause of justice for workers.

NELA’s 2024 Distinguished Service honorees are The Honorable Bernice B. Donald (ret.) (TN) and Bruce A. Fredrickson (DC). Camille Fundora Rodriguez will receive NELA’s 2024 Spotlight Award, which recognizes a NELA leader who represents our future. Click on a photo to read more about the honoree.


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The Honorable Bernice B. Donald (ret.)

Burch, Porter & Johnson

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Bruce A. Fredrickson

Webster & Fredrickson, PLLC

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Camille Fundora Rodriguez

Berger Montague PC

Gala Celebration: Friday, June 28, 8:00 to 11:00 p.m.

NELA’s Gala Celebration will take place after dinner (on your own) on Friday, June 28. Please join us for a fun and festive evening of music and dancing. The Gala is a separate ticketed event and includes sweet and savory snacks. Each Gala attendee will receive two complimentary drink tickets courtesy of Dundon Advisers LLC.

Our most important fundraiser, the Gala is vital to NELA’s mission of empowering workers’ rights attorneys through legal training, promoting a fair judiciary, and advocating for laws and policies that level the playing field for workers. Proceeds fuel our community as we develop new CLEs and other knowledge- and career-building opportunities and bolster our committees, practice groups, and Affiliates. Your support ensures that NELA’s voice is heard in our nation’s capital and in its courtrooms on significant workers’ rights issues.

NELA offers a wide range of sponsorship levels and flexible payment schedules so everyone in our community is able to participate. Sponsorship opportunities starting at $150 include recognition in the 2024 Convention Program Guide, on our website, and at the Convention. Table sponsorships begin at $3,000. Pre-event sponsors will be listed in the Gala invitation if your pledge is received by April 30.

For more information, or to make a pledge, please contact Leah A. Hofkin, NELA’s Director of Development (Tel: (415) 625-5421; Email:

NELA’s public policy agenda includes a campaign to end damage caps in employment discrimination cases under Title VII and establishing compensatory and punitive damages under the ADEA. We are leading a national coalition of civil and workers’ rights organizations advocating to end this unfair practice. Your Gala sponsorshipalso will help propel our efforts to expand remedies for millions of workers.