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Solstice Dinner (Grand Rapids)

December 9, 2019
6:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Event Category:

Golden Age Room – Creston Brewery
1504 Plainfield Ave NE
Grand Rapids, MI United States

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Organized by:
Jennifer Beahan
Phone: 616-698-2342 x801
Email: jbeahan@centerforinquiry.org


Join us for the Solstice Dinner to celebrate the close of another year with your CFI Michigan community (or join us at the Southeast MI Dinner)!

Credit/Debit required for online registration.
Check/Cash Registration Information

Nick Little, Legal Director and General Counsel of Center for Inquiry joins us as our special guest for both Solstice Dinners. Nick will give an update on CFI’s important legal work and current litigation, including the fight to legalize CFI Secular Celebrants to solemnize weddings in Michigan, and the ongoing lawsuits against Walmart, and CVS for falsely selling homeopathic remedies alongside actual medicine.

2019 Solstice Dinner Prices

Advance registration is required for this event.

Non-member: $59
CFI Member: $49
Students: $39

Sponsor a CFI Member: If you are able, consider a donation to provide assistance to members and students who cannot afford to attend.

Not a CFI Member? You can Become a CFI Member Today and register at member rates. Not sure if you’re a member? Contact us to check membership status.

  • Dress is semi-formal or business casual. Let’s celebrate! Dress up & have some fun!
  • Free parking is provided in lot adjacent to the Sweet House or in the Sweet House Lot a Block south on Lafayette Ave.
  • Check-in and Social hour from 6:30-7:00pm. Dinner will be served at approximately 7:15.
  • Beer & Wine are available for purchase at the event.

Dinner Menu

When you register for the solstice dinner, please note any dietary allergies or special diets needs including vegetarian and vegan meals.

The dinner at our new venue will be served family style, attendees will have a choice of Chicken Confit in a Dijon Cream Sauce or Beef Brisket with chef’s choice of potatoes and seasonal vegetable, along with a House Salad, rolls, and dessert. The Vegan/Vegetarian Entree is seasoned Jerk Tofu with a Blood Orange Gastrique glaze. Coffee, tea, and soft drinks are included with dinner. A Cash bar will be available.

Cash/Check Registration

Online registration is preferred if at all possible. Thanks!

To Register and pay by Cash/check please send the following information with payment to the CFI Michigan Office or Register by Email

  • Attendee Names
  • Phone number
  • Mailing Address
  • Solstice Dinner location: West or SE
  • Menu Preference(s) for each attendee
  • If by email: indicate whether you will mail payment or pay at dinner.

Payments may be mailed to the CFI Michigan office: 3777 44th Street SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49512.

About Nick Little

Vice President & Legal Director, Center for Inquiry

Nick Little is the Vice President and General Counsel of the Center for Inquiry. In this role, he oversees both the Center’s in-house legal work, and its outside litigation.

Nick graduated from the University of Oxford with an honors degree in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics, and the University of Warwick with a Master’s degree in Labor Relations. He had an intensive public speaking history at university, winning both the Oxford University and European Parliamentary Debating Championships. After moving to the United States and working in the finance industry, Nick returned to education and was awarded his JD, with membership of the Order of the Coif, from Vanderbilt University School of Law, where he also served as Articles Editor of the Law Review.

Nick practiced as an antitrust litigator with Howrey, LLP, in Washington, DC, but found his practice focusing more on pro bono matters. In that capacity, he represented a Sudanese man expelled from Saudi Arabia for converting from Islam to Christianity, winning him asylum in the United States; a group of hearing impaired patients challenging the provision of sign language interpreters in Maryland hospitals; mentally ill patients in New York fighting inadequate funding; as well as criminal and police misconduct matters.

Nick joined CFI in 2013 as Legal Director, and has worked for the recognition of secular celebrants across the country, as well as submitting amicus briefs on CFI’s behalf to the Supreme Court in cases including Hobby Lobby v. Burwell, Obergefell v. Hodges, Whole Woman’s Health v. Cole, Zubik v. Burwell, and Trinity Lutheran v. Pauley, as well as circuit and district court cases. He supervised CFI’s Florida litigation, and is currently examining multiple possibilities for further action to protect secular humanist values and skeptical pro-science positions. Nick has involved himself in multiple local situations where the separation of church and state has been threatened. He has also worked closely with Michael De Dora and CFI’s Office of Public Policy on lobbying matters, as well as providing advice on asylum issues related to CFI’s work with threatened bloggers in Bangladesh and across the world.