2015 COURAGEOUS LEADERSHIP AWARD
In a groundbreaking national effort, last year Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer joined with New York County District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. to found Prosecutors Against Gun Violence, an independent, nonpartisan coalition of prosecutors from major jurisdictions across the country. Read more…
As co-chairs of this bold new organization, Feuer and Vance have brought together a dedicated group of legal leaders devoted to finding prosecutorial and policy solutions to the crisis of gun violence in America. Prosecutors deal with the aftermath of gun violence every day—what’s so innovative about PAGV is that Feuer and Vance have found a way to channel this group’s unique skills and perspectives into preventing gun violence before it happens. For that, the Law Center is proud to honor Feuer and Vance with the 2015 Courageous Leadership Award at our 22nd Anniversary Dinner.
Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer has long been one of California’s leading lawyers and lawmakers, serving on the LA city council and in the state legislature, where he worked closely with the Law Center to pass the smart gun laws that make California a model for the rest of the nation. Now, as LA’s chief prosecutor, Feuer has brought a disruptive, problem-solving focus to the office that combines tough and effective prosecution with initiatives to improve the quality of life throughout the city. He created a Gun Violence Prevention Unit in his office and has worked aggressively to keep firearms out the hands of criminals and children, prosecuting negligent parents who allow their kids access to guns.
Cyrus R. Vance Jr. became the District Attorney of New York County in 2010. In his five years as Manhattan’s top prosecutor, Vance has emerged as a national leader by expanding his office’s expertise on an array of 21st-century criminal issues, including gang violence, cybercrime, and the role of race in the criminal justice system. His strategic use of funds from sanctions against financial institutions has allowed his office to invest in transformative initiatives, including equipping every NYPD officer and patrol car with mobile devices and tablets, eliminating the national rape kit backlog, and reducing the number of individuals with behavioral health issues in the criminal justice system. An advocate of smart gun laws, Vance has doubled down on New York’s efforts to make it harder for illegal guns to be trafficked into America’s largest city.
2015 COURAGEOUS HONOREE AWARD
Advocacy Director, Sandy Hook Promise
Since the tragic loss of his son Daniel, one of 20 first-graders murdered at Sandy Hook Elementary School along with six educators, Mark Barden has dedicated himself to uniting people to find sensible solutions to prevent future tragedies and spare other families the pain of losing a child to gun violence. Read more…
As Advocacy Director of Sandy Hook Promise, Barden leads policy and outreach efforts and frequently serves as a spokesperson for the organization. Barden’s belief that thoughtful, sincere dialogue will lead us to shared common ground set him on a path he never anticipated. His journey has taken him from speaking to a receptive audience at a Tea Party congressman’s town hall to introducing President Obama in the Rose Garden to meetings with over half of the United States Senate, media interviews on every major network, and speaking engagements before civic groups, religious groups, college audiences, and more, all focused on creating a safer future for our children and our communities.
The Law Center is proud to honor him with our 2015 Courageous Honoree Award at our 22nd Anniversary Dinner.
ABOUT THE ANNIVERSARY DINNER
Each year, the Law Center’s Anniversary Dinner brings together our community to honor the exceptional efforts of a few key individuals for their outstanding leadership in the gun violence prevention movement. The dinner, with an audience of 500–700 attorneys, business professionals, lawmakers, and advocates from all over the country, is a truly unique opportunity to recognize the movement’s champions, celebrate the Law Center’s remarkable achievements, and support the fight for smart gun laws that save lives. Sponsor a table today.
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