Media Contact:
Garrett McDonough, 917-538-3775, [email protected]

Manhattan DA Cyrus Vance Jr. and LA City Attorney Mike Feuer receive awards for formation of Prosecutors Against Gun Violence 
Sandy Hook Parent Mark Barden Also Honored for Advocacy Work 
Law Firm Katten Muchin Rosenman Receives Award for Exceptional Pro Bono Work

 
SAN FRANCISCO, CA—The Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence is proud to honor leading advocates in the fight for smart gun laws at its 22nd Anniversary Dinner Thursday night, including Manhattan DA Cyrus Vance Jr., LA City Attorney Mike Feuer, Newtown parent and Sandy Hook Promise Advocacy Director Mark Barden, and law firm Katten Muchin Rosenman. Bringing together more than 500 attorneys, lawmakers, and advocates from the Bay Area and beyond, the Law Center’s annual dinner has become the key gathering for the gun violence prevention movement on the west coast.

As is shown by last night’s horrific mass shooting in Charleston, America still has much work to do to solve the crisis of gun violence in this country. By advocating for smart gun laws and recognizing the exceptional efforts by leaders in this movement, the Law Center is fighting for much-needed, lifesaving legislation, including universal background checks, child access prevention laws, gun violence restraining orders, and more.

At the 22nd Anniversary Dinner, the Law Center will bestow three awards:

2015 Courageous Leadership Award: Founded by Manhattan DA Cyrus Vance Jr. and LA City Attorney Mike Feuer in 2014, Prosecutors Against Gun Violence has brought together a dedicated group of legal leaders devoted to finding prosecutorial and policy solutions to the crisis of gun violence in America, channeling this group’s unique skills and perspectives into preventing gun violence before it happens.

2015 Courageous Honoree Award: 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.

Richard Odgers Pro Bono Partner Award: Katten Muchen Rosenman filed a record seven amicus briefs in Second Amendment cases on behalf of the Law Center in a single year, including a brief in the pending case Colorado Outfitters vs. Hickenlooper, in which the gun lobby is attempting to overturn background checks and large-capacity ammunition bans passed by voters in response the Aurora movie theater shooting. This year, the Law Center renamed its annual pro bono award in honor of Richard Odgers, a prominent San Francisco attorney and longtime partner at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman. Dick cofounded the Law Center in 1993 following the horrific mass shooting at 101 California Street, served as our first board president, and had a deep and lasting influence on the Bay Area legal community.

 

Any media interested in attending the Anniversary Dinner at The Fairmont Hotel (doors open at 5:15 pm) are more than welcome and should contact Garrett McDonough at the information below. 

Media contact:
Garrett McDonough
917-538-3775 | [email protected]

About the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence
Founded in the wake of the July 1, 1993, assault weapon massacre at 101 California Street in San Francisco that left eight dead and six wounded, the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence is now the premier resource for legal expertise and information regarding state and federal firearms laws. We track and analyze gun laws in all 50 states, file amicus briefs in Second Amendment cases across the country, and work with lawmakers and advocates to craft and promote legislation that will reduce gun violence and save lives. We regularly partner with other nonprofit organizations dedicated to combating the epidemic of gun violence in our country, and we invite you to explore our website, smartgunlaws.org, to learn more about our work.