Save the date: Our 26th Annual Awards Dinner is May 7

Senator Bernie Sanders will accept the Abolition Awards and Judy Clarke and Speedy Rice will accept the Mario Cuomo Acts of Courage Award.
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Mark your calendar now for DPF’s 26th Annual Awards Dinner on the evening of Sunday, May 7, 2017 at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, CA. Please join us as we honor extraordinary individuals fighting for justice, human rights, and an end to the death penalty.

The Abolition Award: Senator Bernie Sanders
Presented by Jane Sanders

Sen. Sanders was the first presidential candidate in nearly 30 years to forcefully declare his opposition to the death penalty. He was instrumental in getting the Democratic Party to adopt abolition of capital punishment as a plank in its official platform last year.

The Mario Cuomo Acts of Courage Award: Judy Clarke and Speedy Rice
Presented by Sister Helen Prejean

Judy Clarke has represented defendants in some of the most high-profile capital cases in recent history, including Susan Smith, Theodore Kaczynski, and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. She has been recognized by the Ninth Circuit for her “sterling character and unquestioned integrity, coupled with ongoing dedication to the highest standards of the legal profession and the rule of law.”

Thomas H. Speedy Rice has led numerous international missions in the fight against the death penalty, including meetings with Heads of State, legislative bodies, judicial conferences, and UN and EU bodies. He has tried cases in U.S. State and Federal courts and argued appellate cases before a number of American courts, including the United States Supreme Court, the California Supreme Court, and the New Mexico Supreme Court.

Tables and sponsorships are available now. Please contact or call 818-814-6670 for more information about purchasing a table or placing an advertisement in the event’s tribute booklet.

More information, including additional honorees, presenters and ticket sales, will be announced as the date approaches. Visit for the most up-to-date information.

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