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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.


  • CHARLES A. HURLEY, Former CEO of the Mothers Against Drunk Driving
  • DR. STANTON GLANTZ, PhD, UCSF American Legacy Foundation Distinguished Professor of Tobacco Control
  • MATT LEWIS, Vice President & Director, Communications at Next Generation
  • ROBYN THOMAS, Executive Director, Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence

MARK FOLLMAN, Senior Editor and Award-Winning Journalist, Mother Jones 


Free to Law Center Members | $20 Non-Members

To reserve your ticket by phone, or find out if you’re a member, please call 415.433.2062 x 309




Charles A. Hurley was the Chief Executive Officer of Mothers Against Drunk Driving from 2005 until his retirement in 2010. He previously held senior leadership positions with the National Safety Council and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety over the last thirty years. In addition to his work on drunk driving issues, he has worked extensively with law enforcement on air bag and seat belt issues, teen driving, and child passenger safety. He was honored to work with then State Senator Obama on his successful efforts in 2003 to strengthen Illinois’ seat belt, teen driving, child passenger safety, and racial profiling laws. Prior to his career in highway safety, Chuck Hurley worked for a Governor, State Speaker, Mayor, and Member of Congress and was a naval intelligence officer.

Dr. Stanton Glantz, PhD is the American Legacy Foundation Distinguished Professor of Tobacco Control, and conducts research on a wide range of topics ranging from the health effects of secondhand smoke (with particular emphasis on the cardiovascular system) to the efficacy of different tobacco control policies. He served for 10 years as an Associate Editor of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology and is a member of the California State Scientific Review Panel on Toxic Air Contaminants. He was elected to the Institute of Medicine in 2005.

Matthew Lewis is Vice President and Director of Communications at Next Generation. Mr. Lewis has two decades of experience as a media and communications professional, most recently as the Director of Communications for the ClimateWorks Foundation and co-founder of Climate Nexus. He has worked in the private sector as a media consultant to clean energy start-ups, and began his career as an award-winning broadcast and print journalist and publisher.

Robyn Thomas has been the Executive Director of the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence for seven years. She is an expert in gun law policy and works tirelessly to promote smart gun laws that save lives. Before working in the non-profit arena, she practiced law at Locke Lord Bissell & Liddell LLP and at Milberg LLP in New York. She is a graduate of Duke University and University of Miami School of Law.


Mark Follman is a senior editor at Mother Jones. He is a former editor of Salon and a cofounder of the MediaBugs project. His reporting and commentary have also appeared in Salon, Rolling Stone, The Atlantic, the Boston Globe, and USA Today. The in-depth investigation into mass shootings he led for Mother Jones was honored with multiple national awards for reporting excellence: the 2013 Izzy Award, a Society of Professional Journalists award, and an Online Journalism Award.


The Law Center would like to thank our lead sponsors Peter and Michelle Detkin as well as Navigant Consulting, Inc. and Green Barrel Wine Merchants for their generous support of this event.


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