On Tuesday evening, October 1, 2019, the Society hosted its New York Gala at The Frick Collection. Assembled by industrialist and art collector Henry Clay Frick (1849-1919), the Collection is renowned for its Old Master paintings, sculptures, drawings, and decorative arts. It is housed in his former residence on Fifth Avenue—one of the few remaining Gilded Age mansions in New York and one of the city's most elegant and beautiful public spaces.
At the event, we recognized two "Champions of the International Rule of Law": Amal Clooney, President of the Clooney Foundation for Justice; and Brad Smith, President and Chief Legal Officer of Microsoft. Both are longtime friends of the Society who have made distinguished contributions, both individually and through their respective organizations, to advancing human rights and the global rule of law. Following the formal presentation, the honorees participated in an unscripted conversation with CNN senior political analyst John Avlon.