City of Justice Awards

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Join us on December 5 for the 2019 City of Justice Awards Dinner, honoring Randi Weingarten (President, American Federation of Teachers), Stuart Davidson (Partner, Willig, Williams & Davidson), Ann Cohen (Manager, EVX Team), and more! Featuring special Keynote presenter Governor Deval Patrick.

The premier progressive event in California, the City of Justice Awards Dinner attracts over 1,000 attendees each year, including elected officials, labor leaders, philanthropists, entertainment executives, business owners and activists, and honors outstanding leaders who help to improve the lives of working people.

Proceeds from the City of Justice Awards Dinner benefit LAANE, ensuring LAANE can continue our work of taking on the two toughest challenges of our time — economic inequality and climate change — and win.

THE 2019 HONOREES

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RANDI WEINGARTEN

President, American Federation of Teachers
Randi Weingarten is president of the American Federation of Teachers, a union of 1.7 million professionals. She was elected in 2008, following twelve years as president of New York City’s United Federation of Teachers and six years as a teacher at Clara Barton High School. Weingarten spearheaded the development of Share My Lesson, the largest free collection of educational resources created by a union for educators and parents. Weingarten and the AFT lead a partnership to transform McDowell County, W.Va., one of the poorest counties in the United States, through efforts to improve the quality of education, and to focus on jobs, housing, healthcare and social services. Since 2014, the AFT has led the way to invest $16 billion in pension assets in U.S. infrastructure, creating more than 100,000 jobs. Weingarten served on the congressional Equity and Excellence Commission, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Common Core Task Force and the 2016 Democratic National Committee platform committee. Weingarten’s column “What Matters Most” appears monthly in the New York Times’ Sunday Review.
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SUSAN GENCO

Co-President, The Azoff Company
Susan Genco is Co-President of The Azoff Company, working alongside industry veteran Irving Azoff. Susan’s responsibilities include oversight and management of a diverse portfolio of entertainment companies along with the company’s strategic and legislative efforts. Susan is a Lecturer in Law at UCLA School of Law. She was selected for Billboard Magazine’s “Power 100” and featured in Billboard Magazine’s “Women in Music: The 100 Most Powerful Executives” as one of the Executives of Year.  Susan serves on the KCRW Foundation Executive Committee for the USO Entertainment Advisory Council; Executive Committee and Advisory Board of Entertainment Law Initiative; and the KCRW Foundation Board. In addition, Susan is a member of the Wellesley Business Leadership Council and is a Founder & Co-Chair of The XX Fund.
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STUART DAVIDSON

Partner, Willig, Williams & Davidson
Stuart Davidson tirelessly advocates for labor unions and the workers they represent. He represents public and private multiemployer benefit funds, fighting to preserve the ability of workers to retire with dignity and to have access to affordable health care. His work includes leading contract negotiations, presenting interest and grievance arbitrations and advising on external and internal union matters. Stuart serves as chief counsel to large regional and local unions along the East and Gulf coasts and in the Chicago area.

 

Stuart began his legal career by successfully defending the pension rights of state employees in a case that was ultimately decided by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. On the heels of that success, he has been involved in representing a wide range of union workers, including musicians, longshoremen, university faculty, firefighters, film and television casting directors, teamsters, police officers, food and commercial workers and NFL players.

Consistent with his efforts on behalf of workers, Stuart is committed to community and public service. He is working to reform the criminal justice system with Philadelphia Lawyers for Social Equity. He helped to develop and serves on the Board of Advisors of the Workshop School in West Philadelphia, a standalone, four-year project-based learning institution helping young people unleash their creative and intellectual potential to solve the world’s toughest problems. Stuart was instrumental in the genesis of and now serves on the Advisory Board of Our Generation Speaks (OGS), a fellowship program and incubator where emerging Israeli and Palestinian social entrepreneurs create high-impact ventures and in so doing, build a shared economic future. He also serves on the Advisory Board of Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy (LAANE), the largest social justice advocacy group on the West Coast.

Johns Hopkins University elected him to its Board of Trustees in 1979. As a trustee, he helped to establish the University’s School of Hygiene and Public Health for the Advisory Council for Occupational and Environmental Health, on which he served for nearly a decade. Stuart is a Fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers and has served as a commissioner on the Delaware River Port Authority. He has also served as Chair of the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plan’s Professionals Committee; Chair of the Pennsylvania Board of Law Examiners, and Chair of the American Friends of Yitzhak Rabin Center.

Throughout his career, Stuart has worked to protect the safety, security and dignity of the people he represents, and he continues to champion workers.

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ANN COHEN

Manager, EVX Team
Ann Cohen began her career with the City of Philadelphia in 1970.  In 1984 she was elected President of AFSCME Local 1637, a full-time position she held until her retirement in 2008. As president of Local 1637, she served on the negotiating committee for District Council 33 for City of Philadelphia and Philadelphia Parking Authority contracts. She led her members through two strikes and won ground-breaking contract language regarding contracting out, comparable worth, and civilianization of jobs in the police department.  Through her leadership, the local amassed a string of major grievance arbitration victories on behalf of the members she represented.

In 1993, Ann and AFSCME Local 1637, in partnership with the city, created an Internship and Apprenticeship Program that gives inner city high school students the opportunity to work with veteran city employees and creates a pathway for them to permanent unionized positions in the city’s Office of Fleet Management. The program celebrated its 26th anniversary this year with a new group of interns and apprentices.

Ann retired to become the Manager of the EVX Team as it began its multi-year journey in the Progressive Automotive XPrize, a competition to build cars that achieved 100 MPG. The EVX Team was the only high school in the world to qualify, and it was the only team of color to participate. The Team out-performed over 90 industry and college entries, making it to the semi-finals of the contest. The team’s astonishing performance resulted in the Team’s invitation to the Obama White House. TWICE!

Ann continues as Team manager and volunteers at the Workshop School, a public project-based high school in West Philadelphia that serves as the home for the EVX Team.

Ann also serves on the Board of Directors of HIAS PA, one of the largest refugee resettlement agencies in Philadelphia. In addition, she is on the Board of Leah’s Dream, a small non-profit that provides mentorship and scholarships to young women in Northern Ghana.

Earlier this year, Ann was an “Inductree” to the city’s Forest of Fame. The honor from Tree Philly recognized her commitment to planting trees and volunteering at tree give-aways. Tree Philly programs are one the city’s efforts to address climate change by increasing the urban tree canopy. Ann believes that it is her personal responsibility, to Plant One Million, as the regional effort is called.

FEATURING

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DEVAL PATRICK

Keynote

Originally from the South Side of Chicago, Deval Patrick came to Massachusetts at 14, when he was awarded a scholarship to Milton Academy through the Boston-based organization A Better Chance. After Harvard College and Harvard Law School, he clerked for a federal appellate judge and then launched a career as an attorney and business executive, becoming partner at two Boston law firms and a senior executive at Texaco and Coca-Cola. In 1994, President Clinton appointed Patrick to the nation’s top civil rights post, Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights. In 2006, in his first bid for public office, he became the state’s first African-American governor.  In his two terms as Governor, Patrick oversaw the expansion of affordable health care to more than 98 percent of state residents, launched initiatives stimulating clean energy and biotechnology, won a national Race to the Top grant, and steered the state out of recession to a 25-year high in employment. Patrick currently serves as a Managing Director of Bain Capital Double Impact, where he focuses on investments that deliver both a competitive financial return and significant positive social impact. He is a Rockefeller Fellow, a Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute, and the author of two books, A Reason to Believe: Lessons from an Improbable Life and Faith in the Dream: A Call to the Nation to Reclaim American Values.

DIRECTIONS

Beverly Hilton Hotel
9876 Wilshire Blvd.
Beverly Hills, CA 90210

MAP


From LAX/South: Take Century Boulevard to 405 North. Take 405 North to Santa Monica Blvd. East exit. Go east on Santa Monica Blvd. approximately 2 miles. Hotel will be on the left side (just before Wilshire Blvd).

From North: Take 405 South to Santa Monica Blvd. East exit. Go east on Santa Monica Blvd. approximately 2 miles. Hotel will be on the left side (just before Wilshire Blvd).

From East: Take 10 West. Take Exit 6 for Robertson Blvd. Turn right onto S. Robertson Blvd. Turn left on Wilshire Blvd. Turn left onto N. Santa Monica Blvd. Hotel will be on the right side.

From West: Take 10 East to 405 North. Take Santa Monica Blvd. East exit. Go east on Santa Monica Blvd. approximately 2 miles. Hotel will be on the left side (just before Wilshire Blvd).

Valet: $18, Self-Parking: $15, No validations

Please allow 20 minutes for parking and registration. 

LOGISTICS

When is the Dinner?
Thursday, December 5, 2019 — Reception: 6 PM, Program and Dinner: 7:30 PM

Where is the Dinner?
The Beverly Hilton Hotel International Terrace and Ballroom

What is the dress code?
Business formal or cocktail attire

How do I get my ticket/table number?
The registration table will be located in the lobby of the Beverly Hilton Hotel, just inside the front doors by the valet circle. Please check in under your last name at the registration table to receive your ticket/table number. Please allow 20 minutes for valet and check-in.

What if I need to send someone in my place?
Please have the substitute guest check in under the original ticket holder’s name.

What if I need to purchase another ticket?
Please do so before the RSVP deadline on November 15 by visiting our payment page.

How do I order a vegan/vegetarian meal?
Just let your waiter know that you would like a vegan/vegetarian meal.

What time does the Dinner program conclude?
The program will wrap up by 9:30 pm.

CONTACT US

For message/ad questions and payment questions, please contact:
Nisha Randhava
nrandhava@laane.org
213-977-9400 x122

 

For guest name, sponsorship, and event questions, please contact:
Jaimie Carlos
jcarlos@laane.org
213-977-9400 x137