Guardians of the Constitution
Foundation for Criminal Justice 2014 Awards Dinner
August 1, 2014, 7:00 pm
National Constitution Center
525 Arch Street
The Foundation for Criminal Justice (FCJ) held its 2014 annual awards dinner Philadelphia to
celebrate the tens of thousands of criminal defense lawyers across the
country who dedicate their careers to guarding the fundamental
protections of the Constitution. The evening was a magical event with performances by a founding member of the Barenaked
Ladies, Steven Page and Grammy Award-winning Ken Ulansey Ensemble, as
well as remarks delivered by Kerry Kennedy, President of the Robert F.
Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights. Cynthia Hujar Orr received NACDL's Robert C. Heeney Memorial Award, and Rick Jones received NACDL's Champion of Justice Legal Award.
Even if you missed the event, you can still support the Foundation for Criminal Justice.
Steven Page is a founding member of the critically acclaimed band, Barenaked Ladies. Page left the band in 2009 to pursue other solo projects. Since then Page released his first solo album entitled, The Vanity Project, in 2005. He also has composed the score for three productions at Canada's Stratford Shakespeare Festival.
The Ken Ulansey Ensemble is made up of several outstanding Philadelphia musicians, from Grammy Award winners to nationally-honored soloists. Ulansey himself has played and recorded with some of the best musicians of our time, including James Taylor, Sonny Rollins, and Phillip Glass. Known as a get-out-of-your-seat-dance-band, the Ensemble is sure the liven up the night.
Kerry Kennedy, President of the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights, has dedicated her life to the pursuit of justice and protection of basic human rights. Kennedy established the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Human Rights in 1988 and has led over 50 human rights delegations across the globe since then. She has also the author of New York Times best sellers, Being Catholic Now: Prominent Americans talk about Change in the Church and the Quest for Meaning and Speak Truth to Power: Human Rights Defender Who Are Changing Our World.
The Foundation for Criminal Justice preserves and promotes the core values of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the American criminal justice system. Through the projects it supports, the Foundation for Criminal Justice is at the vanguard of pursuing reforms necessary to make America’s criminal justice system fairer and more humane by supporting public defense and sentencing reform, addressing racial and ethnic disparities in the criminal justice system, opposing overcriminalization, guarding against the evisceration of fundamental constitutional rights, and supporting death penalty reform.
This is an important time for supporters of criminal justice reform. The federal indigent defense crisis threatens the already embattled right to counsel and the quality of justice. Technological innovation and policy trends present unprecedented risks to privacy rights. Collateral consequences of conviction threaten our clients with permanent civil incapacitation. Overcriminalization, Brady violations, and the “trial penalty” continue to stifle due process of law. There has never been a more important time to press for reform and to support the nation’s criminal defense bar.
The Foundation for Criminal Justice is fighting to address these issues. Here are a few of the current and upcoming initiatives that the Foundation Supports:
Advocacy for fewer criminal laws and for adequate intent requirements;
- Brady reform designed to ensure prompt disclosure of all favorable evidence;
Projects that tear down the collateral consequences of conviction and promote legal mechanisms to restore rights and status after conviction, such as pardons, expungements, and certificates of good conduct;
Training programs and Web-based resources for lawyers whose clients face collateral consequences of conviction, especially involving their immigration status;
Strategic opportunities to combat excessive sentencing;
Indigent defense reform on the state level and preservation of the embattled federal indigent defense system; and
Projects such as the Domestic Drone Information Center and innovative efforts to end racial and ethnic disparities in the criminal justice system.
For any other questions, please call Daniel Weir at (202) 465-7640.
All proceeds from this event will help the Foundation for Criminal Justice pursue its vital criminal justice reform goals in 2014 and beyond.
You can also support this event today with an online donation to the Foundation for Criminal Justice.
FCJ Awards Dinner Sponsors
Champions of Liberty
Guardians of Justice
Protectors of Civil Rights
Advocates for Change
Gerald B. Lefcourt
Mark M. O'Mara, P.A.
Patrons of Freedom