2014 Justice Awards

  • California Club 538 S Flower St Los Angeles, CA 90071

The annual Justice Awards celebration recognizes exemplary commitment to the pursuit of a more peaceful and just society.  Proceeds further Western Justice Center’s work to build a more civil, peaceful society where differences are valued.

Justice Awards Master of Ceremonies Petri Hawkins-Byrd (an actor known for his role as bailiff on the television court program Judge Judy.

Justice Awards Master of Ceremonies Petri Hawkins-Byrd (an actor known for his role as bailiff on the television court program Judge Judy.

Thomas A. Saenz - President and General Counsel of MALDEF

Champion of Justice

The Honorable Vilma Martinez and former U.S. Ambassador to Argentina presents the Champion of Justice Award to Thomas A. Saenz, Esq., President and General Counsel of Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF).

The Honorable Vilma Martinez and former U.S. Ambassador to Argentina presents the Champion of Justice Award to Thomas A. Saenz, Esq., President and General Counsel of Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF).

Thomas A. Saenz is President and General Counsel of MALDEF, the nation’s leading Latino legal civil rights organization. He is also a new member of the WJC Board of Directors and is a founding director of ENCOMPASS. Tom is known for his legal and policy work, for standing up for and litigating basic civil rights and for working for peace and justice. Tom is without question a Champion of Justice.

Thomas A. Saenz, President and General Counsel of MALDEF, leads the civil rights organization's five offices in pursuing litigation, policy advocacy, and community education to promote the civil rights of Latinos living in the United States. Saenz re-joined MALDEF in August 2009, after spending four years on Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's executive team as Counsel to the Mayor. He previously spent twelve years at MALDEF practicing civil rights law as a staff attorney, regional counsel, and vice president of litigation. He served as MALDEF's lead counsel in successfully challenging California's anti-immigrant Proposition 187. Saenz graduated from Yale College and Yale Law School, and he clerked for two federal judges before initially joining MALDEF in 1993. Learn more at maldef.org

Manatt, Phelps, & Phillips, LLP

Defender of Justice

Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP partner and WJC Board Member Craig de Recat, Esq. accepts the Defender of Justice Award from WJC Executive Director Judge Judith C. Chirlin (Ret.) on behalf of his firm.

Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP partner and WJC Board Member Craig de Recat, Esq. accepts the Defender of Justice Award from WJC Executive Director Judge Judith C. Chirlin (Ret.) on behalf of his firm.

Manatt Phelps & Phillips, LLP, has established a reputation as a leader in pro bono innovation, developing groundbreaking programs and securing meaningful change on behalf of its pro bono clients. Firm professionals and staff are actively involved in pro bono representations, devoting significant billable time and resources to hundreds of individuals and not-for-profit organizations across the nation unable to afford traditional legal fees. Manatt is working with WJC to build a more civil, peaceful society where differences are valued. WJC is proud to recognize Manatt as a Defender of Justice.

Manatt is one of the nation's leading law and consulting firms, with offices strategically located in California (Los Angeles, Orange County, Palo Alto, San Francisco and Sacramento), New York (New York City and Albany) and Washington, D.C. Manatt has Hollywood roots, D.C. clout and Wall Street cred. The firm represents a sophisticated client base – of Fortune 500, middle-market and emerging companies – across a range of practice areas and industry sectors that include healthcare, energy, entertainment, financial services, real estate, media and advertising. Learn more at manatt.com.

Manatt Phelps & Phillips, LLP, has established a reputation as a leader in pro bono innovation, developing groundbreaking programs and securing meaningful change on behalf of its pro bono clients. Firm professionals and staff are actively involved in pro bono representations, devoting significant billable time and resources to hundreds of individuals and not-for-profit organizations across the nation unable to afford traditional legal fees. Manatt is working with WJC to build a more civil, peaceful society where differences are valued. WJC is proud to recognize Manatt as a Defender of Justice.

Manatt is one of the nation's leading law and consulting firms, with offices strategically located in California (Los Angeles, Orange County, Palo Alto, San Francisco and Sacramento), New York (New York City and Albany) and Washington, D.C. Manatt has Hollywood roots, D.C. clout and Wall Street cred. The firm represents a sophisticated client base – of Fortune 500, middle-market and emerging companies – across a range of practice areas and industry sectors that include healthcare, energy, entertainment, financial services, real estate, media and advertising. Learn more at manatt.com.

Kaiser Permanente

Advocate of Justice

Kaiser Permanente SVP & General Counsel Mark Zemelman (r) accepts the Advocate of Justice Award on behalf of Kaiser Permanente from WJC Board Member Craig de Recat.  Photo credit:  Rick Kraemer.

Kaiser Permanente SVP & General Counsel Mark Zemelman (r) accepts the Advocate of Justice Award on behalf of Kaiser Permanente from WJC Board Member Craig de Recat.  Photo credit:  Rick Kraemer.

Kaiser Permanente is an Advocate of Justice. For more than a decade, Kaiser Permanente and WJC have worked together to create healthier schools and communities. For example, Kaiser Permanente grants have funded WJC's annual Peer Mediation Invitational for elementary, middle and high school students and also The ABCs of Conflict training for hundreds of teachers in Southern California. As a result, thousands of students, staff and community members have learned to resolve their differences in a collaborative manner.

Kaiser Permanente is committed to helping shape the future of health care. They are recognized as one of America’s leading health care providers and nonprofit health plans. Founded in 1945, Kaiser Permanente’s mission is to provide high-quality, affordable health care services and to improve the health of the members and communities they serve – approximately 9.3 million members in eight states and the District of Columbia. Care for members and patients is focused on their total health and guided by their personal physicians, specialists and team of caregivers. Learn more at kp.org/share

Kaiser Permanente is an Advocate of Justice. For more than a decade, Kaiser Permanente and WJC have worked together to create healthier schools and communities. For example, Kaiser Permanente grants have funded WJC's annual Peer Mediation Invitational for elementary, middle and high school students and also The ABCs of Conflict training for hundreds of teachers in Southern California. As a result, thousands of students, staff and community members have learned to resolve their differences in a collaborative manner.

Kaiser Permanente is committed to helping shape the future of health care. They are recognized as one of America’s leading health care providers and nonprofit health plans. Founded in 1945, Kaiser Permanente’s mission is to provide high-quality, affordable health care services and to improve the health of the members and communities they serve – approximately 9.3 million members in eight states and the District of Columbia. Care for members and patients is focused on their total health and guided by their personal physicians, specialists and team of caregivers. Learn more at kp.org/share


2014 Sponsors

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Platinum

Paul and Liza Wachter

Gold

Silver

Diane & David Paul

 
 

Bronze

John and Louise Brinsley

Walt and Zan Cochran-Bond

Hon. Raymond C. Fisher and Nancy Fisher


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