GUN LAWS: California and The Nation – What Should Be Done? January 17, 2013

On January 17th, a wide range of views and expert voices tackled one of the most polarizing issues vexing our nation. A spate of recent high-profile massacres, including the shootings in Newtown, Connecticut, has sparked a vigorous national conversation about designing new laws – at the state and federal level – that protect all citizens, including the rights of responsible gun owners. More than 30,000 people die in American annually from gun violence, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The panel discussed the national issues and California’s role in the dialogue regarding proposals to ban assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines, to pass stricter laws to buy and license guns and ammunition, to require gun vendors to do background checks on potential owners, and report sales so law enforcement can track guns and their owners.

View Part 1 and Part 2 of the conversation here.

Location: San Francisco Commonwealth Club Office
595 Market Street, 2nd Floor, San Francisco, CA 94105
Time: 5:30 p.m. check-in; 6 p.m. program
Price: $20 standard, $12 Commonwealth Club members, Free for students (with valid ID)

Joining the Panel:
Nancy Skinner, Member, California State Assembly
Benjamin Van Houten, Managing Attorney, Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence
Sgt. Kelly Dunn, SFPD Special Victims and Psychiatric Liaison Units
John Diaz, Editorial Page Editor, San Francisco Chronicle – Moderator

Read more about the event on the Commonwealth Club’s website.

Representative Mike Thompson’s Gun Violence Prevention Public Forums – JANUARY 9 & 10, 2013

Representative Mike Thompson is holding two gun violence prevention public forums in the Bay Area. Sign up below to commit to attend the events.

Mike Thompson is the chair of the House of Representatives’ Gun Violence Prevention Task Force. His forums will bring together law enforcement members, elected officials, mental health experts, and school officials to have a comprehensive discussion on how we can reduce and prevent gun violence.

Your voice is needed at these forums so that Representative Thompson can share your opinions with Congress as he recommends smart solutions to the gun violence our communities face every day.

VALLEJO: Wednesday January 9th, 2013
7:00 – 8:30PM
Vallejo City Hall
555 Santa Clara Street

SANTA ROSA: Thursday, January 10th, 2013
6:30 – 8:00PM
Board of Supervisors Meeting Room
575 Administrative Drive

Please commit to attend right now using the form below and share the event with your friends.

I can’t attend, but will share the events with my local friends.

The Mind, Madness and Gun Violence at the Commonwealth Club – NOVEMBER 1, 2012

The Mind, Madness and Gun Violence
Thursday, Nov 1 2012 – 6:00pm
The Commonwealth Club, San Francisco

A loaded gun in the hands of an unstable person wreaked havoc almost 20 years ago at 101 California Street in downtown San Francisco. Nine people died and scores of lives were forever shattered.  In the decades since, mass shootings continue to occur across America: Columbine High, Virginia Tech, Tucson, Aurora, Oak Creek – most of them with legal weapons, many in the hands of a mentally ill person. How can we predict and prevent violent acts in those who are mentally ill? What is the medical profile of a mentally ill person capable of carrying out this kind of violent act? How do the state and federal laws protect the rights of mentally ill persons and the community at large? The Commonwealth Club will examine these challenging questions with an expert panel, including Carol Kingsley, Board Member of the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence.

Joining the Panel:

Renée L. Binder, M.D., University of California, San Francisco Medical School; Psychiatrist; Professor; Founder and Director, UCSF Psychiatry and the Law Program
Carol Kingsley, Attorney/Mediator; Board Member, Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence. Her husband Jack was among those killed at 101 California Street in 1993.
Mark Follman, Senior Editor, Mother Jones, focused on politics and national security. This past summer, Follman led an in-depth data investigation into mass shootings following the incidents in Aurora, Colorado and Wisconsin.
Robert J. McMenomy, Assistant Special Agent in Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation, San Francisco Division, headquarters and field agent investigating and managing criminal, counterterrorism and administrative matters
John Diaz , Editorial Page Editor, San Francisco Chronicle – Moderator

The Commonwealth Club is offering a few complementary tickets to Law Center members. Call our office today for your tickets! 415.433.2062 x309.

For more information, visit the Commonwealth website.

If you’re not able to attend but are curious about the discussion, you may be able to listen to it on national radio. Follow this link for more information on all the stations that air the program.

Truth Telling: The Media’s Role in the Conversation on Guns –
October 25th, 2012

Did you miss our Truth Telling event? Watch this short video and get a little glimpse into the engaging discussion we had and flip through the photos below. There are more photos on Facebook – tag yourselves!

Thank you to all of our wonderful sponsors and supporters for making our Truth Telling event such a success. We are so honored to have you in our corner.

The Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence & Opus2 International
are pleased to present:

Truth Telling: The Media’s Role in the Conversation on Guns

 OCTOBER 25, 2012  

6-7 Reception | 7- 8:30 Program
UC Hastings College of the Law
Louis B. Mayer Lounge
198 McAllister Street | San Francisco

Following an hors d’oeuvres and wine reception, a diverse group of journalists from local and national news outlets will share their perspective on the role the media plays in the national conversation on guns, particularly in an election year.

As the “information age” has become incredibly fast-moving and complex, the media’s power to inform, educate, and persuade has also grown. Meanwhile, the topic of gun violence in America remains complicated and fueled by passionate beliefs from all sides.

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Guns: An American Tradition or Community Crisis? – June 28th, 2012

The people of Oakland suffer greater loss of life and injury from gun violence than other cities in the bay area. The unimaginable pain and loss felt by the families of every victim also echoes throughout the community each and every time it happens.

We work tirelessly at the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence because we know their deaths were preventable. This is a hard truth to face in the wake of each tragedy, but one that must be faced. The issue of gun violence in Oakland is unacceptable, and while complicated, we can address this problem with intelligent, courageous action, and we will not rest until we do.

You can do something too.

Join the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence, The Oakland Tribune, and the Robert C. Maynard Institute for Journalism Education this Thursday where Juliet Leftwich, our Legal Director, will lend her expertise on a panel entitled:

Guns: An American tradition or community crisis?

The forum will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. June 28, at Nile Hall, 668 13th St. inside Preservation Park in downtown Oakland. The event is free and open to the public.

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19th Anniversary Dinner — June 14th 2012

Did you miss our Anniversary Dinner? Check out some of the highlights from this year’s event.

Photos from our 19th Anniversary Dinner are in!  Thank you to all of our wonderful sponsors and supporters for making our 19th Anniversary Dinner such a success. We are so honored to have you in our corner.

There are more photos on Facebook – tag yourselves!

All of the speakers were outstanding in every way, and touched us with their perspectives on the personal and political realities of gun violence.

“The 19th Anniversary Dinner reinvigorated my dedication to the gun violence prevention movement. The night truly captured what Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence does best – getting out the real story about gun violence in America, providing credible research and facts, and giving hope that through legal and policy advocacy, we can implement common sense laws that keep guns out of the wrong hands.”

~ Margaux McFetridge, Dinner Attendee

We hope you also came away feeling more educated about the epidemic of gun violence in America and inspired by our important work preventing further tragedies.

 


 

Thank you for joining the more than 70 law firms, corporations, and foundations that express their support for the Law Center’s mission to prevent gun violence by sponsoring our Anniversary Dinner. There is still time to donate — showcase your commitment to using legal resources to create safer communities.

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Gun Fight in America: Action and Debate

Thursday, October 20, 2011
6:00 – 8:30PM

Contemporary Jewish Museum
736 Mission Street, San Francisco


 

 


 

Thank You Sponsors:


 

Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence gathered in October 2012 for an exclusive screening of the HBO documentary Gun Fight directed by two-time Academy Award winner Barbara Kopple. The film was followed by a brief panel discussion which focused on actions and solutions. Many thanks to all who participated in this wonderful event.

HBO’s Gun Fight explores the complex issues surrounding America’s gun culture and the heated debate over firearm violence.

For more information on Gun Fight, visit HBO.com.

 


Thank You Panelists:

Virginia Tech Survivor and Activist Colin Goddard

While enrolled as a fourth-year student at Virginia Tech, Goddard was shot four times and was one of seven, out of a classroom of 17, to survive the shooting. Working at the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, Goddard now uses his experience to educate others about gun violence and the weaknesses in U.S. gun laws. He is currently traveling across the country sharing his story in an effort to educate, advocate, and mobilize Americans to get involved in preventing gun violence. Goddard’s story is featured predominantly in the Gun Fight film.

 

San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón

George Gascón has been the District Attorney of San Francisco since January 2011. Gascón previously led the San Francisco Police Department having assumed the position of Chief of Police in August, 2009. He received a B.A. Degree in History from California State University, Long Beach, and a Juris Doctor Degree from Western State University, College of Law. Working in law enforcement since 1987, he has experienced the repercussions of gun violence and is a dedicated advocate for effective firearm regulations.

 

Emeryville Chief of Police Ken James

Ken James has been a police officer with the Emeryville Police Department for 36 years, rising through the ranks to become the Chief of Police in 1998.  He is the chairman of the California Police Chief’s Association’s Firearms Committee as well as a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police’s Firearms Committee.  As a police officer who has seen the tragic outcomes of gun violence he has been committed to the reduction of gun violence since his first day on the beat.

 

The Law Center’s Executive Director Robyn Thomas

Robyn Thomas has been the Executive Director of Law Center to Prevent Violence, a national law center dedicated to preventing gun violence, since 2006. Founded by lawyers in the wake of the 101 California Street assault weapons massacre in San Francisco, the Law Center is the country’s only organization devoted exclusively to providing legal assistance in support of gun violence prevention. Before working in the non-profit arena, Robyn practiced law at Lord Bissell & Brook and at Milberg Weiss Bershad & Shulman in New York.

Moderating the Discussion: the Law Center’s Board Member Doug Boxer

Too Many Victims – January 8th, 2012

Thank you for join us for a candlelight vigil for victims of gun violence, remembering the one year anniversary of the Tucson shooting.

January 8th, 2012
6:30 PM – 7:30 PM | Yerba Buena Gardens, MLK Memorial Fountain
Mission Street, between Third and Fourth Streets, San Francisco, California 94103

Share Your Photos from Too Many Victims

KTVU Channel 2 Coverage of the vigil:

Speaking at the event: Senator Mark Leno & Assemblyman Jerry Hill (San Mateo), as well as survivors of gun violence from across the Bay Area.

Hosted by: Legal Community Against Violence, Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence Bay Area Chapters, 1000 Mothers to Prevent Violence, and Youth ALIVE!

 

18th Anniversary Dinner — July 14th 2011

JULY 14th, 2011

THE PALACE HOTEL, San Francisco
6:00pm Reception
7:00pm Dinner and Program


Every year we come together at the Law Center’s Anniversary Dinner, a special and meaningful event attended by hundreds of our supporters.  We meet TO HONOR the dedication, leadership and commitment of our community to gun violence prevention, then and now.  We meet TO REMEMBER not just those killed and injured in the 1993 event at 101 California Street in San Francisco that began the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence, but also the 100,000 of Americans killed and injured by gun violence every year.  We meet TO ACT TOGETHER to promote smart laws, fight dangerous litigation and advocate for the majority of Americans that want our communities to be safer from gun violence.












The Law Center’s 18th ANNIVERSARY DINNER KEYNOTE SPEAKER
Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa

Mayor Villaraigosa is a charismatic speaker and a leader within the gun violence prevention movement. His efforts toreduce crime and gun violence in Los Angeles through gun buy-back programs as well as other cutting edge legal approaches have been highly successful. During his first term in office, he oversaw the steepest reduction in crime in Los Angeles since the 1950’s. Moreover, his work with the bipartisan coalition Mayors Against Illegal Guns has demonstrated his commitment to tackling the epidemic of gun violence in America.

 

Dr. Peter Rhee,
Chief of Trauma at the University Me
dical Center in Tucson

Dr. Peter Rhee, Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords’ trauma surgeon, will accept the Law Center’s Distinguished Leadership Award and speak at the dinner. As the Chief of Trauma at the University Medical Center in Tucson, he confronts daily the devastating effects of gun violence on individuals and their families. Understanding the impact of stronger gun laws, Dr. Rhee spoke out after the shooting in Tucson, asking for others to join him in the effort to fix background checks.


We thank our 2011 sponsors!

Front Runner
Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP

Leaders
Bingham McCutchen LLP
Farella Braun + Martel
Morrison & Foerster LLP
O’Melveny & Myers LLP

Underwriters
Bartko Zankel Tarrant & Miller
Hemming Morse, Inc., CPAs,
– Litigation and Forensic Consultants
Jenner & Block LLP
Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP
Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP
Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP

Patrons
Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP
John and Michelle Scully Fund
in memory of John C. Scully 
Keker & Van Nest LLP
Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP
Helen Hilton Raiser

Benefactors
Berry Appleman & Leiden LLP
Ross Bricker and Nina Vinik
Coblentz, Patch, Duffy & Bass LLP
Cooley LLP
Covington & Burling LLP
Davis Wright Tremaine LLP
Evolve Discovery
The Focal Point LLC
Dr. Joel & Maria Fort Fund
James T. Fousekis
Goodin, MacBride, Squeri, Day & Lamprey LLP
Hanson Bridgett LLP
John Heisse and Karin Grace

The Herbst Foundation
Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP
Latham & Watkins
Littler Mendelson P.C./Littler Mendelson Foundation
The Mark Mosley & David Newdorf Fund
The Morrison & Foerster Foundation
Moscone Emblidge & Sater LLP
Pacific Gas and Electric Company
Richards|Watson|Gershon
Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd LLP
Schiff Hardin LLP
Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP
Squire, Sanders & Dempsey L.L.P.
Robyn and Ryder Thomas
Trucker Huss
van Löben Sels/ RembeRock Foundation
Winston & Strawn LLP

Hosts

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP
Allen Matkins Leck Gamble Mallory
& Natsis LLP
Black Letter\Discovery
Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, LLP
Owen Clements
Crowell & Moring LLP
Drinker Biddle & Reath, LLP
Susan and Sidney Goodwill
i.e. Communications, LLC
David & Linda Kapnick
Larry and Doreen Low
Roderick and Deborah Thompson
George Tuttle and Ben Cushman
Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati Foundation

Co-Hosts
Kathryn McQueen Barnes
The Clorox Company
Alan J. Cox, NERA Economic Consulting
William and Iris Edlund
Hosie Rice LLP
JAMS, The Resolution Experts
Don and Sheri Joseph
Carol M. Kingsley, Kingsley Mediation Services,
in memory of Jack Berman
Nixon Peabody LLP
Gail and Dick Odgers
Rogers Joseph O’Donnell
Shartsis Friese LLP
Sideman & Bancroft LLP
Somach, Simmons & Dunn APC
Rebecca A. Speer, Speer Associates
Radha Stern & Gary Maxworthy
Amanda and Nick Wilcox

Sustainers

Douglas and Amy Boxer
Ellen French
William and Ilse Gaede Charitable Fund
Alden Harken, MD
Edward E. Kallgren
Juliet Leftwich and Daniel Rapaport
Major, Lindsey & Africa
The Mizel Foundation
Cari Napoles and Bradford deCaussin
Walter Pettit
Amanda and August Roth
Paul Segalini
Youth ALIVE!

CNN Analyst Jeffrey Toobin Keynotes the Law Center’s 17th Anniversary Dinner Wednesday, July 14, 2010 — The Palace Hotel, San Francisco

To Honor, To Remember, To Act Together

 

The Law Center is pleased to announce that Jeffrey Toobin, a senior legal analyst for CNN Worldwide and a staff writer for The New Yorker, will deliver the keynote address for our 17th Anniversary Dinner on July 14, 2010.

Mr. Toobin is a journalist and bestselling author with unparalleled expertise on politics, media, and the law; he is also a former Assistant U.S. Attorney. His remarks will shed light on the complex legal issues involved in the McDonald v. Chicago case — plus, offer an insider’s look at the Supreme Court as well as the future of gun regulation in America. Read more about Mr. Toobin here.

 

Please join the 75 law firms, corporations and foundations that expressed their support for the Law Center’s mission to prevent gun violence by sponsoring our Anniversary Dinner. Sponsorship is a great way to showcase your organization’s commitment to positive change.

To learn more about sponsorship opportunities and benefits, contact Ezra Denney or call (415) 433-2062 ext. 309.

To purchase individual tickets print out & return the ticket request form.

We thank our sponsors!

Front Runner
Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP

Leaders
Bingham McCutchen LLP
Farella Braun + Martel
Jenner & Block
Morrison & Foerster LLP
O’Melveny & Myers LLP

Underwriters
Bartko Zankel Tarrant & Miller
Hemming Morse, Inc., CPAs,
– Litigation and Forensic Consultants
Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP
Nixon Peabody LLP
Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP
Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd LLP
Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP

Patrons
Ross Bricker and Nina Vinik
Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP
John and Michelle Scully Fund
in memory of John C. Scully 
Keker & Van Nest LLP

Front Runner
Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP

Leaders
Bingham McCutchen LLP
Farella Braun + Martel
Jenner & Block
Morrison & Foerster LLP
O’Melveny & Myers LLP

Underwriters
Bartko Zankel Tarrant & Miller
Hemming Morse, Inc., CPAs,
– Litigation and Forensic Consultants
Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP
Nixon Peabody LLP
Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP
Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd LLP
Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP

Patrons
Ross Bricker and Nina Vinik
Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP
John and Michelle Scully Fund
in memory of John C. Scully 
Keker & Van Nest LLP

Hosts
BLACK LETTER/discovery
Cam and Kate Baker
Carroll, Burdick & McDonough LLP
The Clorox Company
William Coblentz
Linda Cronin and Owen Clements
Drinker Biddle & Reath, LLP
Fulbright & Jaworski LLP
Goodin, MacBride, Squeri, Day & Lamprey
HIRECounsel/ Mestel & Company
i.e. Communications, LLC
David and Linda Kapnick
Miller Star Regalia
Mark L. Mosley
Shartsis Friese LLP
M. Ryder and Robyn Thomas
George Tuttle and Ben Cushman
Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati Foundation

Co-Hosts
Kathryn McQueen Barnes
Dorothy G. Berelson
Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, LLP
Alan J. Cox, NERA Economic Consulting
Hanson Bridgett LLP
Don and Sheri Joseph
Kenton J. King
Carol M. Kingsley, Kingsley Mediation Services,
in memory of Jack Berman
Andria Langenberg and Lyle Shlager
Rolf Lewis
Ann and Bernard Mizel
Navigant Consulting, Inc.
Gail and Dick Odgers
Rogers Joseph O’Donnell
Sue Ann and Robert Schiff
Sideman & Bancroft
Somach, Simmons & Dunn APC
Rebecca A. Speer, Speer Associates
Radha Stern and Gary Maxworthy
Roderick and Deborah Thompson
Trucker Huss
Amanda and Nick Wilcox