ACLU of Nebraska may honor three groups or individuals with awards at our annual dinner. If you would like to submit a nomination for an award, you may do so by emailing info@aclunebraska.org or calling 402.476.8091.

Roger Baldwin Civil Libertarian of the Year Award

This award is given annually to an individual or entity that has helped the ACLU of Nebraska advance civil liberties.

  • 1977 Sen. Steve Fowler
  • 1982 Robert Spire
  • 1983 Herb Friedman
  • 1984 Alan Peterson
  • 1985 Tom Lansworth
  • 1986 Bob Broom
  • 1987 Michael Sinn and Pam Pearn
  • 1988 Arlie Katzman
  • 1991 Sen. Jessie Rasmussen
  • 1993 Mary Clarkson
  • 1994 Nebraskans Against the Death Penalty
  • 1995 Joel Gajardo
  • 1996 Jay and GayLynn Brummett
  • 1997 Cantor Michael Weisser
  • 2003 Jeremy Patrick
  • 2004 Five couples from the 416 lawsuit: Gary Lopez & Jim Kieffer, Barbara DiBernard & Judy Gibson, Dave Gilsdorf & Robb Crouch, Margaux Towne-Colley & Donna Colley, Maria Perez & Nancy Brink
  • 2005 Nan Graf
  • 2006 Senator DiAnna Schimek
  • 2007 Angels Theatre Company and Judith Hard
  • 2008 Bassel El-Kasaby
  • 2009 Nebraska Appleseed Center for Law in the Public Interest
  • 2010 Dr. LeRoy Carhart
  • 2011 One Fremont One Future
  • 2012 Domina Law Group & Jeanne Kuhr
  • 2013 DREAMers Students
  • 2014 Dennis Keefe
  • 2015 Nebraska Freedom to Marry Plaintiffs
  • 2016 Senator Heath Mello & Senator Tanya Cook

Defender of the Bill of Rights Award

This award is given annually to an individual or organization who has worked independently of the ACLU of Nebraska to advance civil liberties.

  • 1982 Ernie Chambers
  • 1982 Sun Newspapers
  • 1982 Robert Schrepf
  • 1983 Lois Klingsporn
  • 1985 Sen. Ernie Chambers
  • 1986 Randal Brown
  • 1986 Paul Fell
  • 1986 Jean Walsh
  • 1987 Philip Schoo and the Lincoln Board of Education
  • 1988 James McShane
  • 1989 Bob Kerrey
  • 1989 Frances Mendenhall
  • 1990 Law-related Education Committee of the Nebraska State Bar Association (accepted by Tom Keefe)
  • 1991 Otey death penalty team (Victor Covalt, Shawn Renner, James Mowbray, Dorothy Walker, Vincent Powers, Larry Meyers, Timothy Ford, and Lancaster Public Defenders Office)
  • 1993 Verda Bialac, Beryl Davey, and W. Dale Clark Library 1992-93 Board of Trustees
  • 1994 Lincoln and Omaha Lawyers Panels
  • 1995 Dr. G. William Orr
  • 1996 Sen. Ernie Chambers
  • 1998 Mel Krutz
  • 2002 Philip Schoo, Marilyn Moore, and the 2001 Lincoln School Board
  • 2003 Jim Kubik
  • 2004 Ben Gray
  • 2005 Lela Shanks
  • 2006 Bob Wolfson
  • 2008 Omahans for Justice Alliance
  • 2009 Nelson Potter
  • 2010 Nebraska Criminal Defense Attorneys Association
  • 2011 Dr. Leola Bullock (posthumanously)
  • 2012 sergio Sosa & the Heartland Workers Center
  • 2013 Fair Housing Center of Nebraska & Iowa
  • 2014 Paul Olson
  • 2105 Nebraska Legislature Judiciary Committee
  • 2016 Omaha Chamber of Commerce & Lincoln Chamber of Commerce

Robert M. Spire Founders Service Award

This award is given to someone who has consistently worked with the ACLU of Nebraska for a lengthy period of time to advance civil liberties.

  • 1984 Ed and Ann Murphy
  • 1985 Denise Frost
  • 1987 Ken Dudek
  • 1988 Lou Crompton
  • 1989 John Taylor
  • 1990 Sam Walker
  • 1991 Pat Healey
  • 1993 Alan Peterson
  • 1995 Marsha Fangmeyer
  • 1997 Mary Ann Lamanna
  • 2002 David Moshman
  • 2003 Eileen Durgin-Clinchard
  • 2004 Robert Broom
  • 2005 Robert Bartle
  • 2006 Susan Koenig
  • 2007 Charles Stephen
  • 2008 Jim Bender
  • 2009 Christy Abraham
  • 2010 Leslie J. Seymore
  • 2011 A. Dwayne Ball
  • 2012 Professor G. Michael Fenner
  • 2013 Cynthia Tiedeman
  • 2015 Richard Holland
  • 2016 Carol Gendler

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