law center 20th anniversary

The Law Center Marks Twenty Years of Saving Lives

Twenty years ago, a deranged former client entered the Pettit & Martin law offices in San Francisco and went on a shooting rampage. In the end, he had killed eight — in addition to himself — and grievously wounded six more.

In the wake, the San Francisco legal community and others affected by this horrific event came together to prevent the next tragedy – founding the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence. Every year, we gather to mark the anniversary of our organization’s founding with a special event to remember the lives that were taken on July 1, 1993, as well as the unacceptable toll of lives taken by gunfire every day, and look to the future as we develop real and lasting solutions.

We are so honored to have the support of our amazing donors, attendees, and speakers — and we send a special thanks to Senator Dianne Feinstein, Congressman Mike Thompson, Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi, San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee, and Pastor Michael McBride who joined us to mark this anniversary with us. Finally, thank you to President Bill Clinton for sending a congratulatory message to us for our work and the work of our fantastic speakers to keep our communities safe.

Thank you to everyone who celebrated this momentous occasion with us.

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Dianne Feinstein

United States Senator Dianne Feinstein

As California’s senior Senator, Dianne Feinstein has built a reputation as an independent voice, working with both Democrats and Republicans to find common-sense solutions to the problems facing California and the Nation.

Since her election to the Senate in 1992, Senator Feinstein has worked in a bipartisan way to build a significant record of legislative accomplishments – helping to strengthen the nation’s security both here and abroad, combat crime and violence, battle cancer, and protect natural resources in California and across the country.

San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee - January 18, 2011
San Francisco Mayor Edwin Lee will present the Distinguished Leadership Award to Senator Dianne Feinstein.

United States Congressman Mike Thompson

United States Congressman Mike Thompson (CA-5) was appointed chair of the House Gun Violence Prevention Task Force following the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in December.

Congressman Thompson is a gun owner, hunter, former co-chair of the Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus, supporter of the Second Amendment and a combat veteran who carried an assault weapon in Vietnam. Since his appointment, Congressman Thompson has been a national leader in gun safety legislation, bringing together collaborators on both sides of the aisle in the House of Representatives to find solutions that prevent the loss of life to gun violence.

Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi, House Democratic Leader, will present the Distinguished Leadership Award to Congressman Mike Thompson.


Pastor Michael McBride

Pastor Michael McBride (known as “Pastor Mike”) is a native of San Francisco and has been active in ministry for over 20 years. Throughout the years, Pastor McBride’s commitment to holistic ministry can be seen through his leadership roles in both the church and community organizations. A graduate of Duke University’s Divinity School, with an emphasis in Ethics and Public Policy, Pastor McBride launched The Way Christian Center in West Berkeley, where he presently serves as the Pastor.

In March 2012, he became the Director for the Lifelines to Healing Campaign with the PICO National Network, a campaign led by hundreds of faith congregations throughout the United States committed to addressing gun violence and mass incarceration of young people of color. Recently, Pastor McBride was selected as the #9 Top Clergy Leader in the US by the Center for American Progress. He is married to Cherise McBride and they have two beautiful daughters, Sarai and Nylah.

The Law Center is proud to honor him for his deep commitment to solving gun violence in urban communities across the nation by empowering families and youth through the principles of the Gospel.

Jim Silkenat, American Bar Association President-elect

New York City lawyer James R. Silkenat, a partner in the national law firm of Sullivan & Worcester, will assume the ABA presidency in August 2013 after serving one year as president-elect.

During a speech in August of this year to the ABA House of Delegates, Silkenat stated he plans to focus on a range of priorities, one of which is legislative efforts to control gun violence. In an ABA Journal interview, he acknowledged the political sensitivities of issues related to guns and the Second Amendment. “Gun violence is the way we are looking at this. We need to make sure the ABA has all the facts on the issue right from the beginning,” he said. But in seeking new approaches to the issue, he said, “Lawyers are the ones who can develop ways to make that happen.”


Plus, our Dinner program will include a special message from President Bill Clinton.

As of June 24, 2013

Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP

Front Runner
Morrison & Foerster LLP and The Morrison & Foerster Foundation
Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP
Jonathan Powers
In memory of Ruth Schreiber

Bingham McCutchen LLP
Richard C. Blum and The Honorable Dianne Feinstein
California Healthcare Foundation
Cotchett, Pitre & McCarthy, LLP
Michael and Brenda Drake
Helen Hilton Raiser
Turtle & Hughes, Inc.

Bartko Zankel Bunzel & Miller
Farella Braun + Martel LLP
Hemming Morse, LLP, CPAs and Forensic Consultants
Jenner & Block LLP
Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP
Niall and Pegi Scully Family
Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP

Bruce and Martha Atwater
Golden Gate University School of Law, University of San Francisco Law School, University of California Berkeley, School of Law, and Santa Clara University School of Law
Carlson, Calladine & Peterson LLP
Covington & Burling LLP
William and Iris Edlund
James T. Fousekis
Gibson Dunn + Crutcher LLP
Mosley Newdorf Fund
O’Melveny & Myers LLP
Richards, Watson & Gershon
Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP
Steven L. Smith
Radha Stern and Gary Maxworthy
Vaughn R Walker

Arnold & Porter LLP
Steven and Aliza Baron
Ross Bricker and Nina Vinik
Coblentz, Patch, Duffy & Bass LLP
Cooley LLP
Charles and Ann Ehrlich
Foley & Mansfield LLP
Goodin, MacBride, Squeri, Day & Lamprey, LLP
Susan and Sidney Goodwill
Hanson Bridgett LLP
John Heisse and Karin Grace
Herbst Foundation
Constance M. Hiatt
Michelle Scully Hobus and John T. Hobus
Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP
King & Spalding LLP
Kirkland & Ellis LLP
Littler Mendelson, P.C.
Los Gatos Coalition Against Gun Violence
Meckler Bulger Tilson Marick & Pearson
Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP
Paul Hastings LLP
Arthur and Toni Rembe Rock
Staff of the San Francisco City Attorney’s Office
Megin Scully and Reed Minuth
Squire Sanders
The Clorox Company
Trucker Huss, APC
University of San Francisco & University of San Francisco Law School
van Löbel Sels/ RembeRock Foundation

Allen Matkins Leck Gamble Mallory & Natsis LLP
Berman DeValerio LLP
Bauhofer Family
Ben Cushman and George Tuttle Fund of Community Foundation Sonoma County
Drinker Biddle & Reath
Durie Tangri LLP
D. Kirk Jamieson
Karen D. Kadushin
David and Linda Kapnick
Keker & Van Nest LLP
Latham & Watkins LLP
Mary Mallory
Mizel Foundation
Murphy, Pearson, Bradley & Feeney
Navigant Consulting, Inc.
Nixon Peabody LLP
Gail and Dick Odgers

Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd LLP
Rosen, Bien and Galvan & Grunfeld LLP
Sue Ann and Robert Schiff
Sheldon and Linda Siegel
Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati Foundation

Kathryn McQueen Barnes and Jeff Barnes
Paul Bendix
Pamela Coe
Deidre Henderson
Don and Sheri Joseph
Dr. Joel and Maria Fort Fund
For Ethics, Wisdom, and Solving Social and Health Problems
Kenton J. King
Carol M. Kingsley, Kingsley Mediation Services
In loving memory of Jack Berman
Major, Lindsey & Africa, LLC
Cheryle Mangels
David and Cynthia Pasternak
Walter F. Pettit
Amy Quirk and Michael Lehmann
Rogers Joseph O’Donnell
In memory of Allan J. Joseph
Somach Simmons & Dunn
Rebecca Speer
Amanda and Nick Wilcox

Linda Auerbach Allderdice
Robert and Anne Hamblett
Edward Kallgren
Bonnie Matlock
Connie and Tony Price
Susan and Barry Scherman
Gladys Thacher
Sheldon and Rhoda Wolfe
Mark and Karen Zemelman

As of June 11, 2013

Senator Barbara Boxer
Senator Dianne Feinstein
Senator Loni Hancock
Senator Charles E. Schumer
Congressman Elijah Cummings
Congresswoman Anna G. Eshoo
Congressman Mike Honda
Congresswoman Barbara Lee
Congresswoman Carolyn McCarthy
Congressman George Miller
Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi
Congresswoman Jackie Speier
Congressman Mike Thompson
California Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom
California Senator Kevin de León
California Senator Mark DeSaulnier
California Senator Mark Leno
California Senator Darrell Steinberg
California Assemblymember Tom Ammiano 
California Assemblymember Jerry Hill
California Assemblymember Nancy Skinner
California State Treasurer Bill Lockyer

Illinois Senator Dan Kotowski
Illinois Senator Antonio Muñoz
Illinois Representative Carol Sente
Illinois Representative Michael J. Zalewski
Illinois Governor Pat Quinn
Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan
Missouri Representative Stacey Newman
Pennsylvania Representative Cherelle Parker
Harvard Professor, David Hemenway, Ph.D
Mayor of Boston, MA Thomas Menino
Mayor of Columbus, OH Michael Coleman
Mayor of Oakland, CA Jean Quan
Mayor of Philadelphia, PA Michael A. Nutter
Mayor of San Francisco, CA Edwin Lee
Mayor of Stokie, IL George Van Dusen
Winnetka, IL Village President Jessica Tucker
San Francisco, CA District Attorney George Gascón

State’s Attorney of Cook County, IL Anita Alvarez
Los Angeles City Attorney Carmen Trutanich
Wayne County, IL Prosecutor Kim Worthy
New York NY Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly
Philadelphia, PA Police Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey
Los Angeles, CA County Sheriff Leroy D. Baca
San Francisco City Supervisor Malia Cohen
Los Angeles, California Chief of Police Charlie Beck
Miami, FL Chief of Police Manuel Orosa
San Francisco, CA Police Chief Greg Suhr
Contra Costa County, CA Supervisor John Gioia
San Francisco, CA City Supervisor Malia Cohen