The ACLU of Southern California held its 18th Annual Law Luncheon, which honors and recognizes the work of attorneys and bravery of individuals who speak up when injustices occur. The celebration took place in downtown Los Angeles at the Marriott Hotel on Friday June 8, 2012. Laurie L. Levenson, professor of law at Loyola Law School, delivered the keynote speech, which addressed the issue of the death penalty in California.
Honorees included attorneys from some of the top law firms in the Los Angeles area, such as Hadsell Stormer Keeny Richardson & Renick for their work in challenging the federal government for secretly spying on Orange County Muslims in their mosques just because of their religion. Chaplain Paulino Juarez was recognized for his bravery in stepping forward to expose deputy-on-inmate violence in L.A. County jails in spite of his fear of retaliation.
The ACLU/SC Annual Law Luncheon was created 18 years ago to honor and recognize lawyers in private practice, who despite demanding schedules, join with us to pursue litigation, consult with our staff attorneys and testify on legislation. It also celebrates individuals who are willing to take a risk and face repercussions to speak out against violations of civil liberties and rights.
“We have accomplished much in the past year,” said Hector Villagra, executive director of the ACLU/SC. “We could not have done it alone without the dedicated commitment of our cooperating attorneys, board members and generous supporters. We look forward to taking on new challenges together with our partners in private practice.”