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


IMG_6624-36-smFormer U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords and retired astronaut and US Navy Captain Mark Kelly 

On January 8, 2011, a mentally ill young man shot Congresswoman Gabby Giffords in the head, killed six of her constituents, and wounded 12 others. Since that tragedy in Tucson, America has seen too many more mass shootings, but with no response from Congress. This inaction on the crisis of gun violence in America was thrown into even starker contrast after the massacre of twenty children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14, 2012.

On the second anniversary of the horrific Tucson shooting, as America mourned the dead in Newtown, Gabby and her husband, retired Navy Captain and astronaut Mark Kelly, launched Americans for Responsible Solutions to encourage elected officials to stand up for solutions to prevent gun violence and protect responsible gun ownership.

Since, Giffords and Kelly have been fighting for strong solutions to gun violence in Congress and in states across the country. They have continued to remind our leaders that Americans are demanding responsible solutions to the epidemic of gun violence in our nation.

The Law Center’s board and staff proudly honored Mark and Gabby at our 21st Anniversary Dinner, and together envisioned the future of the gun violence prevention movement.

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. Our Anniversary Dinner is also a time to look to the future as we develop real and lasting solutions to gun violence.

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Based in Oakland, Youth ALIVE! believes that urban youth have the innate capacity to stop the violence plaguing our communities. With courage and relentlessness, their innovative programs nurture youth leaders to advocate against gun violence, and reach out victims of gun violence—including families of homicide victims—to support healing and save lives.

We very proudly honored Youth ALIVE! with our 2014 Courageous Honoree Award for their unique and fearless approach to preventing gun violence in their community.

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Over the years, so many firms and individuals have provided exceptional support to the Law Center. Our Pro Bono Partners have contributed thousands of hours of pro bono legal work including projects that range from filing amicus briefs to undertaking valuable legal research. Their help has enabled the Law Center to expand our vital work to reduce gun deaths and injuries in America by promoting smart gun policies nationwide.

We proudly honored Farella Braun + Martel LLP as our 2014 Pro Bono Partner of the Year for their ongoing commitment to our work and the firm’s extraordinary pro bono defense of the City of Sunnyvale, California in two separate law suits challenging new voter-backed gun safety measures.


as of June 25, 2014


Bingham McCutchen
The Ron Conway Family, honoring American Hero Gabby Giffords
Jones Day
Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP
Morrison & Foerster LLP and The Morrison & Foerster Foundation


Bartko Zankel Bunzel & Miller
Farella Braun + Martel LLP
Hemming Morse, LLP, CPAs, Forensic and Financial Consultants
Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP
Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP


California Healthcare Foundation
Brenda and Michael Drake
William I. and Iris Edlund
Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP
Mark L. Mosley
O’Melveny & Myers LLP
Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP
Rust Consulting


Owen Clements & Linda Cronin
Coblentz, Patch, Duffy & Bass LLP
Cooley LLP
Covington & Burling
Peter and Michelle Detkin
The Feeney and Heisse Families
James T. Fousekis
Goodin, MacBride, Squeri, Day & Lamprey LLP
Hanson Bridgett LLP
Keker & Van Nest LLP

Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP
Kirkland & Ellis LLP
Littler Mendelson, P.C.
Murphy, Pearson, Bradley & Feeney
Richards, Watson & Gershon
Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd LLP
Schiff Hardin LLP
Shartsis Friese LLP
Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP
The Herbst Foundation
Trucker Huss, APC
Winston & Strawn LLP


Allen Matkins Leck Gamble Mallory & Natsis LLP
Ross Bricker and Nina Vinik
Carlson Calladine & Peterson LLP
Ben Cushman and George Tuttle Fund of Community Foundation Sonoma County
Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP
Susan and Sidney Goodwill
David J. and Linda Kapnick
Latham & Watkins LLP
Navigant Consulting, Inc.
Nixon Peabody LLP
Gail and Dick Odgers
Paul Hastings LLP
Jonathan Powers, In memory of Ruth Schreiber
Helen Hilton Raiser
Megin Scully and Reed Smith
Staff of the San Francisco City Attorney’s Office
Sugar Felsenthal Grais & Hammer LLP
Sunnyvale Citizens for Sensible Gun Measures – Yes on C
Turtle & Hughes, Inc.
Vaughn R Walker
Bob and Cindy Whitehead


Adler & Colvin

Avis Caravello Attorney Search Consultants
Susan Bolle and Harold Sogard
Raymond Jerry Coughlan
CT Corporation
Davis Wright & Tremaine LLP
Elliot Fineman
Gagen, McCoy, McMahon, Koss, Markowitz and Raines
Junling Hu
Carol M. Kingsley, In loving memory of Jack Berman
Steven and Susan Machtinger
Mary Mallory
Mizel Foundation
Craig Ritchey
Rogers Joseph O’Donnell
David and Anita Roth
Hon. Fern M. Smith (Ret.)
Somach Simmons & Dunn
Rebecca A. Speer
Mary and Steven Swig
Amanda and Nick Wilcox
Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati Foundation


Lauren Dodge
Clare Foley – Opus 2 Magnum
Elizabeth L. Fennell
Ellen French
Dick Grosboll
Martin D. Murphy
Allan Rappaport
Jeffrey Zalles


Byron Winery
Cambria Vineyard & Winery
Charles Chocolates
Fritz Underground Winery
Green Barrel Wines
Greenworks, Inc., Custom Floral Design
Hafner Vineyard
Keller Estate Winery
Ravenswood Winery
Robledo Family Winery
Sanford Winery and Vineyards
The San Francisco Giants
Stony Hill Vineyard


as of June 25, 2014

Senator Barbara Boxer
Senator Dianne Feinstein
Senator Brian Schatz
Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi
Congressman Elijah E. Cummings
Congresswoman Anne G. Eshoo
Congresswoman Barbara Lee
Congresswoman Carolyn McCarthy
Congressman George Miller
Congressman Mike Quigley
Congresswoman Jackie Speier
Congressman Eric Swalwell
Congressman Mike Thompson
California Senator Mark DeSaulnier
California Senator Loni Hancock
California Senator Kevin de León
California Senator Mark Leno
California Assemblymember Luis A. Alejo
California Assemblymember Tom Ammiano
California Assemblymember Rob Bonta
California Assemblymember Sally Lieber (Ret.)
California State Treasurer Bill Lockyer
Illinois Senate President John J. Cullerton

Illinois Senator Don Harmon
Illinois Senator Mattie Hunter
Illinois Senator Daniel Kotowski
Illinois Senator Antonio Muñoz
Illinois Representative Carol Sente
New York Senator Michael Gianaris
Mayor of Chicago, IL Rahm Emanuel
Mayor of Columbus, OH Michael B. Coleman
Mayor of Daly City, CA David Canepa
Mayor of Evanston, IL Elizabeth B. Tisdahl
Mayor of Los Angeles, CA Eric Garcetti
Mayor of Philadelphia, PA Michael Nutter
Mayor of Portland, OR Charlie Hales
Mayor of Richmond, CA Gayle McLaughlin
Mayor of San Francisco, CA Edwin Lee
Mayor of Sunnyvale, CA Tony Spitaleri (Ret.)
Contra Costa County, CA Supervisor John Gioia
Chicago, IL Superintendent of Police Garry F. McCarthy
Chicago, IL Alderman Deborah Graham
Los Angeles, CA Council Member Paul Koretz

Los Angeles, CA Council Member Paul M. Krekorian
Los Angeles, CA City Attorney Michael Feuer
Pleasant Hill, CA Council Member David Durant
Pleasant Hill, CA Council Member Michael Harris
San Francisco, CA District Attorney George Gascón
San Francisco, CA Supervisor Malia Cohen
San Francisco, CA Supervisor Mark Farrell
State’s Attorney of Cook County, IL Anita Alvarez
State’s Attorney of Upper Marlboro, MD Angela Alsobrooks
San Francisco, CA City Attorney Dennis J. Herrera
Seattle, WA City Attorney Peter S. Holmes
Baltimore, MA Solicitor George A. Nilson
Emeryville, CA Chief of Police Ken James
Philadelphia, PA Police Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey
San Francisco, CA Chief of Police Greg Suhr
Reverend Michael McBride
Harvard Professor, David Hemenway, Ph.D