MIKE FEUER, Featured Speaker May 7, 2017

“Gun Violence is a national public health and safety crisis, and a priority for this office.”

Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer has long been one of California’s leading lawyers and lawmakers. As L.A.’s chief lawyer and prosecutor since July 2013, he has brought an innovative, problem-solving focus to the office that combines tough and effective prosecution with creative initiatives to improve public safety and the quality of life throughout the city. His efforts have also sparked change throughout the state and the nation. 

Since taking Office, Feuer has instituted multiple reforms, to name just a few, launched a broad neighborhood school safety initiative, tackled substandard housing, instituted a program to protect immigrants from fraud, and advanced environmental justice. Feuer has focused on neighborhoods, nearly tripling the widely-touted Neighborhood Prosecutor Program and establishing a Community Justice Initiative–an array of inventive neighborhood-based programs that apply restorative justice strategies to quality of life offenses, truancy, prostitution, issues confronting homeless people and more–to address root causes of crime and reduce recidivism. He also has expanded a project to rid problem properties of gangs, guns and drugs that threaten neighborhood safety. Feuer has written some of America’s toughest laws to curb gun violence, initiated L.A.’s 3-1-1 non-emergency services system and spearheaded ethics and business tax reforms.

A national leader in preventing gun violence, Feuer created a Gun Violence Prevention Unit in his office and has worked aggressively to keep guns out the hands of criminals and children. Feuer has brought charges against parents who did not properly store firearms, which later fell into the hands of their children. Working with the LAPD, he created protocols to assure domestic violence perpetrators do not have weapons. In a groundbreaking national effort, Feuer joined with Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance, Jr. to co-found and chair Prosecutors Against Gun Violence (PAGV)—an independent, non-partisan coalition devoted to prosecutorial and policy solutions to the public health and safety crisis of gun violence. During a recent national meeting of PAGV, Feuer stated, “Keeping guns out of the hands of domestic abusers and those in crisis will save lives.”

Regarding the creation of firearm regulations and legislation, Feuer said,  “Prosecutors, law enforcement and legislators join in supporting these commonsense gun violence prevention measures because they’re based on solid evidence. These proposals deserve wide, bipartisan support.”

In reference to the federal Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017 (H.R. 38), City Attorney Feuer believes that, “Local officials know best what it takes to make their communities safe, including who should be allowed to carry a concealed weapon. The Constitutional Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act would undermine important local safeguards that protect the public.”

In 2006 Feuer was elected to the California State Assembly representing the 42nd Assembly District and served three two-year terms. Feuer served as the Majority Policy Leader of the California Assembly and Chair of the Assembly’s Judiciary Committee, writing many public safety, children’s health, transportation, consumer protection and environmental laws. He also served as chairman of multiple subcommittees and introduced bills of major importance to Californians. Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger approved Feuer’s microstamping bill: Crime Gun Identification Act. Microstamping is a modern technology that makes it possible to trace guns from expended cartridges found at crime scenes.

Feuer served as a member of the Los Angeles City Council from 1995 to 2001. He wrote ordinances and created new programs to combat gun violence, expand decent, affordable housing, protect seniors from elder abuse, advance the rights of women and girls, enhance environmental quality, improve emergency services and public safety, promote better race relations, and reform City government. Feuer chaired the City Council’s Budget and Finance Committee, delivering balanced multibillion-dollar budgets and intervening to ensure meals and transportation for seniors in need, jobs for disadvantaged youth, basic services for Los Angeles’ neighborhoods and funding to promote literacy

Feuer received both a bachelor’s degree (magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa) and a law degree (cum laude) from Harvard University. The recipient of dozens of awards for his achievements for children, seniors, consumers, environmental protection, education reform, gun violence prevention, access to justice, transportation improvements and more, Feuer taught at the UCLA School of Law and the UCLA School of Public Affairs. He practiced law at two prominent firms, Hufstedler, Miller, Carlson & Beardsley and Morrison & Foerster, and was a commentator on NPR member station KPCC. He began his career as a judicial clerk for California Supreme Court Justice Joseph Grodin.

Feuer served as executive director of Bet Tzedek Legal Services – The House of Justice. He transformed Bet Tzedek into a “national success story” by establishing programs to help Alzheimer’s patients, victims of the Northridge earthquake and L.A. civil unrest, and Holocaust survivors striving to obtain restitution. At Bet Tzedek, Feuer oversaw free legal representation for more than 50,000 elderly, poor, and disabled clients on issues including health care, nursing home abuse, consumer fraud, and slum housing.

Mike Feuer and his wife, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Gail Ruderman Feuer, have been married for thirty-three years and have two children, Aaron and Danielle.

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