VIDEO: The Law Center’s 24th 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.

This year, we were so proud to honor former US Attorney General Eric Holder, activists Pam and Tom Bosley, as well as the law firm Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP, for their outstanding contributions to the gun violence prevention movement. Don’t miss this video of highlights from the 24th Anniversary Dinner—we hope it inspires you to continue standing with us in the fight for smart gun laws.

To see photos of the 24th Anniversary Dinner, view our Flickr slideshow:

24th Anniversary Dinner

22nd Anniversary Dinner: THANK YOU!

The Law Center’s 22nd Anniversary dinner was a resounding success, bringing our community together, honoring our legacy, and raising much-needed funds to keep our top-notch attorneys fighting for smart gun laws across the country. The event was especially powerful in light of the tragic mass shooting in Charleston the night before, a topic our speakers addressed with reflection, thought-provoking analysis, and renewed commitment to solving the epidemic of gun violence that kills over 30,000 Americans every year.

We are so grateful to all of our generous sponsors, supporters, and volunteers for making this year’s dinner a night to remember. Missed the dinner but still want to support our work? Please consider donating to the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence today.

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The Law Center’s 21st Anniversary Dinner – June 25, 2014


Thank you to everyone who joined us for the Law Center’s 21st Anniversary Dinner. We were honored to have the opportunity to award Anne Marks from Youth ALIVE! and Gabrielle Giffords and Mark Kelly for their meaningful work. If you missed the event, watch the highlights and hear what Gabby and the other speakers wanted to share with the crowd:

Thirteen-year-old Sukari Wright, a poet with Youth Speaks, also shared her incredibly moving experience with the crowd:

The Law Center’s Anniversary Dinner is always a meaningful event that 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, legal and business professionals, and advocates for smart gun laws from all over the country, is a truly remarkable event without parallel.

We were pleased to honor Gabrielle Giffords and Mark Kelly as well as Youth ALIVE! for their courageous work on this issue at this year’s event.

Thank you to all who joined us on June 25th as we marked 21 years of the Law Center’s work saving lives with smart gun laws, honored outstanding leadership in our community, and energized the efforts of the national movement.

The Law Center’s 21st Anniversary Dinner
June 25, 2014
The Westin St. Francis | San Francisco

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From Virginia Tech to Isla Vista: New Approaches to Keeping Guns from Dangerous People


Join us:

Thursday, July 10th | 3:30 – 5:00 PM
San Francisco Public Library
Koret Auditorium, 100 Larkin St.


Josh Horwitz, JD – Executive Director of the Educational Fund to Stop Gun Violence
Jeffrey Swanson, PhD – Professor of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences at Duke University School of Medicine
Shannon Frattaroli, PhD, MPH – Associate Professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Renee Binder, MD – Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at University of California San Francisco
Garen Wintemute, MD, MPH – Professor of Emergency Medicine at the University of California, Davis
Julie Leftwich, JD – Legal Director of the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence

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Lives on the Line: Dismantling Chicago’s Gun Violence Epidemic – May 9, 2014


Thanks to everyone who participated in this event in person and through livestream! If you missed the event, you can watch it below:

Gun violence is taking a shockingly serious toll in Chicago. In one recent 36-hour period, 36 people were reported as injured from gun violence. This is simply unacceptable.

Across the city, people are coming together to find ways to address the city’s unique struggle with guns in the hands of dangerous people. To learn how to make Chicago’s communities safer, we need to better understand the city’s complex and lethal battle against gun violence.

The Law Center produced a recent event in which a panel of experts discussed Chicago’s battle against gun violence and the ways that people are working from the streets to the state capitol to push for lasting solutions to this deadly epidemic.

Our panel of experts and advocates working at the individual, city, and state levels helped to illuminate the unique set of challenges at play in Chicago and shared how we can win the fight to save lives.

Lives on the Line:
Dismantling Chicago’s Gun Violence Epidemic

May 9, 2014 | Noon – 1:30 PM
Kirkland & Ellis LLP
300 North LaSalle | Chicago

On the panel:
Janey Rountree, JD, the Deputy Chief of Staff for Public Safety for Mayor Rahm Emanuel
Colleen Daley, the Executive Director of the Illinois Council Against Handgun Violence (ICHV)
Nosheen Hydari, AMFT, a crisis therapist for the Emergency Services On-Call team at Community Counseling Centers of Chicago (C4)
Robyn Thomas, Executive Director of the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence

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Marvin Gaye’s 75th Birthday Celebration – April 2, 2014

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Wednesday, April 2, 2014 is Marvin Pentz Gaye’s 75th Birthday!

We are so grateful to be named the beneficiary of this annual event by Marvin Gaye’s family for the second year in a row.

Join us at Restaurant Marvin for the 7th Annual Marvin Gaye Day Celebration as an incredible group of musicians generously donate their time to pay tribute to Marvin and to contribute to our work fighting for smart gun laws nationwide.

Join us:

April 2, 2014 at 4PM
Restaurant Marvin
2007 14th Street NW | Washington, DC 20009

Keeping families and communities everywhere safe from gun violence has been so important to us since we lost Marvin.  After the terrible tragedy in Newtown, my family was compelled to stand up and do something to prevent others from having to deal with the loss of a loved one by gunfire. We’ve chosen to support the work of the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence because their work is so fundamental to keeping us all safe. It feels very meaningful to celebrate Marvin’s life and legacy as a peaceful and loving spirit while contributing to this critical issue.

– Janis Gaye

Mark Barden, who lost his son Daniel in the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting in Newtown, Connecticut will join Gordon “Guitar” Banks, Gaye’s music director, for jam session as part of the musical line up.

The event will also include performances by Gaye’s original band, The Marquees, a Marvin tradition since 2008. Joining them are soul singers Martin Luther and Maimouna Youssef, who will perform a rousing tribute to Gaye and Tammi Terrell — Gaye’s duet partner on seven Top 40 singles including “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” and “You’re All I Need To Get By”. The Savoy-Ellingtons, children of musical great Duke Ellington, and a roster of local artists will all pay tribute with musical performances throughout the day.

Washington D.C. based indie rock band, U.S. Royalty, joins the line-up this year showing how Marvin’s influence transcends not only time, but also genre. Additionally, neighboring vinyl shop, Som Records will host a “Hitsville Pop-up Shop” at Marvin selling the best vinyl from the 1960s to the early 1980s from 4pm-close.

The Newtown Reality: The Fight Over the Second Amendment & Smart Gun Laws


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It has been a year since the horrific tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary, and in this year, so much has changed. While the efforts to prevent gun violence have been bogged down in gridlock, partisanship, and polarization at the federal level, the issue is very much alive at the state and local levels, from California and Colorado to Texas and Florida.

The Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence is bringing together three thoughtful legal experts to discuss what is going on in the states, how effective regulation can be crafted within the restraints of the Second Amendment and the political dynamics that surround the issue. Please join us for what will surely be a fascinating panel discussion.

The Fight Over the Second Amendment and Smart Gun Laws

January 9, 2014 | Noon – 1:30 PM
Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP
355 South Grand Ave, 35th Floor | Los Angeles

CLE CREDIT AVAILABLE | Lunch will be served.

Erwin Chemerinsky, Dean and Distinguished Professor of Law at UC Irvine School of Law
Mike Feuer, Los Angeles City Attorney
Robyn Thomas, Executive Director, Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence

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What Can the Gun Policy Debate Learn from Cigarettes, Seatbelts, and Climate Change? – November 14, 2013


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The Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence, 
Peter and Michelle Detkin, and Navigant Consulting, Inc. are pleased to present:


NOVEMBER 14, 2013

6 – 8 PM
Public Policy Institute of California
Bechtel Conference Center
500 Washington Street at Sansome | San Francisco

Every so often, we read about how public health approaches like motor vehicle safety or tobacco control programs have saved lives across the nation. We hear reports about how the climate change movement has seen success by sharing insightful and persuasive research. Accounts like these raise important questions about how other approaches could be used to keep people safe from gun violence.

We are proud to announce our upcoming forum which includes a diverse panel of experts from motor vehicle safety, tobacco, and climate change who will share how each movement has seen success in the face of big industry, politics, and other policy challenges, and how that can instruct the gun policy debate.

Guests are invited to stay for refreshments and conversation following the panel discussion.

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