LAS VEGAS, NV – The American Civil Liberties Union of Nevada is pleased to announce that former United States Congresswoman Shelley Berkley has been chosen to receive the 2015 Emilie Wanderer Civil Libertarian of the Year award. She was the first woman to serve in Nevada’s First Congressional District, which she held for 7 terms. Berkley has a strong record of defending and advancing civil rights for the three decades she served in public office. Berkley now serves as CEO and Senior Provost, for Touro University’s Nevada and California campuses.

The ACLU of Nevada will present Berkley with the Civil Libertarian of the Year award at its Thirteenth Annual Celebration of Civil Liberties on Friday, June 26, 2015, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., at the Panevino Ristorante.

“In Shelley’s work in Congress, and throughout her public service career, she has always been a voice for the voiceless, tirelessly defending democracy, and promoting equality for all,” said Robert Chester, ACLU of Nevada Board President. “We are delighted to honor Shelley Berkley as our 2015 Civil Libertarian of the Year”

"I am honored to receive the prestigious Emile Wanderer Civil Libertarian Award from the ACLU of Nevada.  The ACLU has been and continues to be the leading voice, and sometimes the only voice for equality and fairness for all our fellow citizens of Nevada. I am proud to be associated with the other members of the ACLU,” said Berkley.                 

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The ACLU of Nevada’s Emilie Wanderer Civil Libertarian of the Year award is given to individuals who have significantly contributed to the protection and advancement of civil liberties in Nevada. It is named in honor of Emilie Wanderer, one of Las Vegas’s first female attorneys and a long-time civil rights advocate. Additional information about the Wanderer Award and the ACLU of Nevada’s June 26 Celebration of Civil Liberties is available at .

The ACLU of Nevada is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization committed to the defense and advancement of civil liberties and civil rights for all people in Nevada.