JAIL COMMISSION LAUNCHES WEBSITE AND CONSIDERS PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT PROCESS

February 15, 2012  The Los Angeles County Citizens Commission’s on Jail Violence (CCJV) has recently launched a public website (http://ccjv.lacounty.gov), hired an Executive Director, brought a General Counsel on board, and approved a timeline that provides for a process to include public hearings and the issuance of a public report later this year.

In addition to the Commission’s Executive Director and General Counsel, a team of 15 pro-bono lawyers from several local law firms have agreed to serve as Deputy General Counsel, in a model similar to that of the Christopher Commission, and will be heading investigatory teams. Complete background information on the CCJV Commissioners and staff is available on the Commission website at http://ccjv.lacounty.gov.

This past week, Commissioners and staff have begun visits to County jail facilities, which will continue into March. Additionally, and at the direction of the full Commission, a sub-committee is creating a process for community engagement and public outreach. Anyone interested in attending or learning more about the Commission’s upcoming meetings or these community forum events can subscribe to the Commission’s website for updates.

“Our mandate is not simply to review allegations of inappropriate use of force by Deputies in our jails, but also to restore public confidence in the integrity and constitutional operation of our jails. Community engagement, education and outreach is an integral part of that endeavor,”  said Commission Chair Lourdes Baird.

“The Commissioners are committed to an open and accessible process that includes a vehicle for informing and engaging community members who are deeply concerned about allegations of violence in our jails. We recognize that public perceptions matter and are vitally important for the Commission to hear and consider as our work continues in the months ahead,”  said Miriam Krinsky, the Commission’s Executive Director.

For more information contact:

MIRIAM ARONI KRINSKY
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
LOS ANGELES COUNTY CITIZENS’ COMMISSION ON JAIL VIOLENCE
http://ccjv.lacounty.gov

Hon. Dickran M. Tevrizian, Jr. (Ret.)

Dickran M. Tevrizian, Jr. was a judge for the United States District Court for the Central District of California, a position he has held since 1986. He is the first Armenian-American to have served as a Federal Judge in the history of the United States. Judge Tevrizian began his judicial career at age 31 when former California Governor Ronald Reagan appointed him to the Los Angeles Municipal Court in 1972. He was one of the youngest judges ever to be appointed to the judiciary by Governor Reagan. Six years later, California Governor Edmund Brown, Jr. elevated Judge Tevrizian to the Superior Court of the State of California for the County of Los Angeles. In 1982, he returned to the practice of law and stayed until his appointment as a Federal Judge by President Ronald Reagan. On August 5, 2005, Judge Tevrizian took senior status and retired from the Federal Judiciary on April 19, 2007.

Judge Tevrizian graduated Cum Laude from the University of Southern California with a B.S. in Finance in 1962. Three years later, he received his J.D. from the U.S.C. School of Law. From 1966 until his appointment to the Los Angeles Municipal Court, Judge Tevrizian was first an associate and later became a partner in the law firm of Kirtland and Packard. From 1982 until his appointment to the United States District Court, Tevrizian practiced law in the Southern California area as a partner in the law firm of Manatt Phelps Rothenberg & Tunney and as Of Counsel to the law firm of Lewis, D’Amato, Brisbois & Bisgaard. In 1987, he was named Trial Judge of the Year by the California Trial Lawyers Association. Judge Tevrizian was also named the 1994-1995 Trial Jurist of the Year by the Los Angeles County Bar Association. In 1998, Judge Tevrizian was named Federal Court Trial Judge of the Year by the Malibu Bar Association. In 1999, Judge Tevrizian was named the Ellis Island Medal of Honor. In 2002, Judge Tevrizian was awarded the Maynard Toll Award from the Los Angeles County Bar Association for his service to the underprivileged. In 2003, he was awarded the Distinguished Public Service Award from the Orange County Federal Bar Association. In 2005, Judge Tevrizian received the Emil Gumpert Award for his efforts in promoting alternative dispute resolution. He received the 2005 Justice Armand Arabian Leaders in Public Service Award. From 1999 to 2007, Judge Tevrizian served as an Advisory Director to the University of California, Los Angeles (U.C.L.A) School of Public Policy. Judge Tevrizian and his wife Geraldine are residents of Pasadena, California.

Judge Tevrizian has been a lecturer for numerous Bar Associations, California Continuing Education Programs and State Bar Mandatory Continuing Legal Education Seminars. He also has served on the Board of Directors for a number of charitable organizations such as: Armenian General Benevolent Union (A.G.B.U.); Glendale Memorial Hospital Foundation; Armenian Eye Care Project; Exceptional Children’s Foundation; and Southwestern University School of Law.

Upon Judge Tevrizian’s retirement from the federal judiciary, the University of Southern California named him the first holder of a Judge Robert M. Widney Chair in the faculty of the University of Southern California. In addition, Judge Tevrizian assumed the role of a private mediator/arbitrator with Judicial Arbitration and Mediation Services (JAMS) in their Los Angeles office.

Recently, Judge Tevrizian was named to the Advisory Board of LegalZoom and as a member of the Board of Directors for Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles and Tutor Perini Corporation.

Richard E. Drooyan

RICHARD DROOYAN is a partner in the Los Angeles firm of Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP. After graduating from law school, Mr. Drooyan joined the law firm of Kadison, Pfaezler, Woodard, Quinn & Rossi in November 1975 as a litigation associate.

From October 1978 to September 1984, Mr. Drooyan was an Assistant United States Attorney in the Criminal Division of the United States Attorney’s Office in Los Angeles where he tried numerous criminal cases, including racketeering (RICO), securities fraud, murder, bank robbery, extortion, bank fraud, mail and wire fraud, and obstruction of justice cases. He also argued numerous cases before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. From June 1982 to December 1982, Mr. Drooyan was the Chief of the Criminal Complaints Unit, which handled the intake and filing of approximately 50 percent of the cases filed by the office. From December 1982 to September 1984, he was the Chief of the Major Frauds Section, which consisted of six senior Assistant U.S. Attorneys responsible for handling the most complex and sensitive white collar matters in the United States Attorney’s Office.

From September 1984 to January 1988, Mr. Drooyan was the Chief Assistant United States Attorney under United States Attorney Robert C. Bonner. As Chief Assistant, Mr. Drooyan supervised over 105 Assistant United States Attorneys in the Criminal, Civil and Tax Divisions and the Administrative Office. He also conducted an extensive political corruption investigation and tried six criminal cases, including four corruption cases arising out of the political activities of W. Patrick Moriarty, the owner of Red Devil Fireworks.

From January 1988 through December 1993, Mr. Drooyan was a partner in the Los Angeles office of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, where his practice involved civil litigation, internal investigations, and white collar defense matters. From 1989 through June 1992, he represented Dai-Ichi Kangyo Bank and Mitsubishi Bank and served as lead counsel for 10 international banks (represented by nine firms) in an action in United States District Court arising out of a massive default in the servicing of federally insured student loans. Aside from the litigation, the matter involved substantial work-out and settlement negotiations among the parties and with state guaranty agencies, the United States Department of Education and the United States Department of Justice.

From January 1993 through December 1996, Mr. Drooyan was the Chief of the Criminal Division of the United States Attorney’s Office in Los Angeles, where his responsibilities included the supervision of approximately 165 Assistant United States Attorneys and the review and approval of prosecutive decisions in all significant criminal cases. He also had direct supervisory responsibility for a number of priority criminal matters, including the investigation and prosecution of the Mexican Mafia, Arizona Governor J. Fife Symington, III, United States Congressman Walter Tucker, former Compton City Councilwoman Patricia Moore, and Los Angeles Kings owner Bruce McNall. He also personally tried two criminal cases, including a civil rights beating case, and argued three criminal appeals.

From January 1997 to January 1999, Mr. Drooyan served as the Chief Assistant United States Attorney under United States Attorney Nora Manella. In addition to general oversight responsibility over 235 Assistant United States Attorneys, he had direct supervisory responsibility for certain priority criminal investigations and cases, including the investigation and prosecution of United States Congressman Jay C. Kim for election violations. His responsibilities also included interfacing with the Department of Justice in Washington, D.C. on sensitive investigations, personnel issues, Congressional inquiries, and Department policies. Mr. Drooyan also tried two criminal cases, including the prosecution of Congressman Kim’s campaign treasurer for election crimes, and argued two criminal appeals.

Mr. Drooyan has served on the Los Angeles County Bar Association’s Board of Trustees and the LACBA committees on professionalism and sentencing, and as President of the Los Angeles Chapter of the Federal Bar Association. Mr. Drooyan has also taught trial advocacy at the University of Southern California Law Center, advanced criminal procedure at Loyola Law School, and has participated in numerous panels on internal investigations.

In 1991, Mr. Drooyan served as a Deputy General Counsel for the Independent Commission on the Los Angeles Police Department (the “Christopher Commission”). In 2000, he served as General Counsel of the Rampart Independent Review Panel. From 1994 to 2009, he served on the Board of Trustees for the Camp Ronald McDonald for Good Times. Mr. Drooyan is currently on the Board of Trustees of the Children’s Law Center of Los Angeles. Since April 2010 he has served as Commissioner on the Board of Police Commissioners for the Los Angeles Police Department and in 2011 he was elected to the post of President of the Police Commission. Since joining Munger, Tolles & Olson, Mr. Drooyan’s practice has involved civil litigation, white collar defense, and securities enforcement matters. He has handled several qui tam lawsuits and represented major law firms in connection with civil litigation. Mr. Drooyan successfully obtained a defense verdict for Northrop Grumman Corporation, formerly known as TRW, in a federal false claims act wrongful termination lawsuit tried before a jury in December 2004. Mr. Drooyan has tried over forty criminal and civil jury trials.

Education
Harvard Law School (J.D., cum laude, 1975)
Claremont Men’s College (B.A., summa cum laude, 1972)

Alex Busansky

Alex Busansky is President of the National Council on Crime and Delinquency (“NCCD”). He joined NCCD as President in 2010. Alex also currently serves on the Los Angeles County Commission on Jail Violence.

Alex is a former prosecutor who began his career at the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office in 1987. During more than a decade of work at the district attorney’s office, he handled homicides, serious domestic violence and other family violence, and sex abuse cases.

In 1998, Alex left New York City to work for the U.S. Department of Justice, becoming a trial attorney in the Criminal Section of the Civil Rights Division in Washington, D.C. For nearly five years, he investigated and prosecuted cases across the country involving excessive use of force by federal, state, and local law enforcement and corrections officers and racial and religious hate crimes. In 2002, he was detailed to the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee, becoming counsel to U.S. Senator Russ Feingold of Wisconsin. In that role, he worked on a broad range of juvenile justice, criminal justice, and homeland security issues including developing strategies to address the USA PATRIOT Act, drafting legislation concerning the use of excessive force by U.S. Customs agents, and developing the Anti-Gang Act.

In 2004, Alex joined the Vera Institute of Justice as the Executive Director of the Commission on Safety and Abuse in America’s Prisons. He was the founding Director of Vera’s Washington, D.C., office, where he led Vera’s work on numerous national and local projects and worked to develop new initiatives for Vera. Alex also served as an adjunct professor at American University School of Law, co-teaching the Prosecution Seminar. Alex earned his Juris Doctor at the Georgetown University Law Center. He received a Bachelor of Arts in history from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Reverend Cecil L. “Chip” Murray

Following graduation from Florida A & M University, Cecil L. “Chip” Murray spent 10 years on flying duty in the United States Air Force as a radar intercept officer in the two seated jet fighter in the Air Defense Command, and as navigator in the Military Air Transport Service. Transitioning to the reserves as captain, he obtained his Doctorate of Religion from the School of Theology at Claremont. During a half century of ministry, he moved from Pomona, California to Kansas City, to Seattle, to 27 years service at the oldest black church in Los Angeles–First African Methodist Episcopal Church, known as FAME, and coming to focus as a gathering point in the civil unrest of 1992.

Upon mandatory retirement in 2004, Rev. Murray was brought on board the faculty at the University of Southern California, where he holds the Tansey Chair of Christian Ethics at the Center for Religion and Civic Culture. He presently holds board membership with the California African American Museum, the Ray Charles Foundation, the Los Angeles Homeless Services Commission, the Los Angeles Children’s Commission, School on Wheels for homeless children, Opportunities for Learning Charter School. A new era has begun on campus at USC with the founding of the Cecil Murray Center for Community Engagement. He is similarly honored to serve on the Los Angeles County Citizens’ Commission on Jail Violence.

Chief Jim McDonnell

Jim McDonnell was appointed 25th Chief of Police for the Long Beach Police Department (LBPD) in March 2010. Chief McDonnell is responsible for a department consisting of 1,500 employees and a $200 million budget.

During his first year with the LBPD, a number of innovative technologies and data driven crime strategies were employed leading the city to experience unprecedented crime declines. Homicides went down by 25%, with a clearance rate of 90%; the lowest number in 40 years. Gang homicides went down an incredible 53.8%. During 2011, the overall homicide rate decreased an additional 20%, the lowest since the 1960s.

McDonnell served with the Los Angeles Police Department for 29 years and held every rank in the department, ultimately serving as Chief of Staff, second-in-command of the LAPD. He has received numerous community and department awards, including the LAPD’s highest award for bravery, the Medal of Valor.

Chief McDonnell serves on numerous Boards of Directors that focus on furthering the interests of local youth and leadership in the policing profession on a local, statewide and national level. He is an active member of several more organizations, such as the International Association of Chiefs of Police; Fight Crime: Invest in Kids; Southern California Leadership Network; California Police Chiefs’ Association; and Peace Officer’s Association of Los Angeles County.

He also serves as a Commissioner on the California Commission on Peace Officers’ Standards & Training (POST) and the L.A. County Commission on Jail Violence. McDonnell is a member of the California Peace Officers’ Association, (Immediate Past President) and currently serves as First Vice President for the Los Angeles County Police Chiefs Association.

McDonnell was recently appointed to the U.S. Attorney General’s National Task Force on Children Exposed to Violence and is participating in two U.S. Department of Justice National Executive Sessions; the National Executive Session on Law Enforcement & Public Health: Inter-Disciplinary Strategies and the National Executive Session on Police Legitimacy and Racial Reconciliation.

Chief McDonnell holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from St. Anselm College in Manchester, New Hampshire, and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of Southern California. He is also a graduate of the FBI’s prestigious National Executive Institute, the Senior Management Institute for Police and has completed Executive Education programs at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.

Hon. Lourdes G. Baird (Ret.)

Hon. Lourdes G. Baird (Ret.) served with distinction in the federal and state courts and enjoys a reputation as an intelligent, fair, and approachable arbitrator and mediator. Following her previous appointments as a United States Attorney and as a judge in the Los Angeles Superior and Municipal Courts, she served for thirteen years in the United States District Court in the Central District of California. Judge Baird is also fluent in Spanish.

Judge Baird served as U.S. District Court Judge for the Central District of California from 1992 to 2005. She also served as United States Attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice in the Central District of California from 1990-1992. Judge Baird served as judge for the Los Angeles Superior Court (1988-1990), Los Angeles Municipal Court (1987-1988), and Municipal Court, East Los Angeles Judicial District (1986-1987). She was a Partner at Baird, Munger & Myers from 1983-1986. She served as Assistant United States Attorney for the Central District of California from 1977-1983.

Judge Baird has received numerous awards and distinctions over time. She was selected as a Southern California Super Lawyer in the field of Alternative Dispute Resolution, 2010 and has been recognized as a Top 50 California Neutral, Daily Journal, 2009 and 2010, and as a Top 40 California Neutral, Daily Journal, 2007. The Los Angeles County Bar Association named Judge Baird Outstanding Jurist of the Year in 2001. Judge Baird was named the UCLA School of Law Alumnus of the Year in 1991 and received the UCLA Professional Achievement Award in 1991. She also received the YWCA Silver Achievement Award for the Professions in 1994. The Hispanic Women’s Council named Judge Baird Woman of Promise in 1991.

Judge Baird served as Vice Chair of the Attorney General’s Advisory Committee for the U.S. Department of Justice from1990 to1992. She was a Member of the Judicial Advisory Committee to the U.S. Sentencing Commission from 1996 to 1998. Judge Baird served as Chair of the Administrative Office Committee of the Judicial Conference of the United States from 2000 to 2003.

Judge Baird is a member of Rule of Law Delegations in Latin America, Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Middle East, Hispanic National Bar Association and California Women Lawyers. Judge Baird received her J. D. from UCLA School of Law in 1976 and B.A. from the University of California Los Angeles in 1973.

Miriam Aroni Krinsky

Miriam Aroni Krinsky is the Executive Director of Los Angeles County’s Citizens’ Jail Commission on Jail Violence. She also serves as a Lecturer at the UCLA School of Public Policy, an Adjunct Professor at Loyola Law School, and a policy consultant on youth violence prevention and juvenile justice issues for The California Endowment. She sits on the California Judicial Council (the leadership body for the state’s judicial branch), the ABA Youth at Risk Commission Advisory Council, the California Blue Ribbon Commission on Foster Care, Journal editorial boards, and numerous federal, state and local policy groups. She has testified before national and state legislative, governmental and judicial bodies, authored over 50 articles, and lectured nationwide on criminal trial and appellate law, foster care, juvenile justice, and sentencing issues.

After law school, Ms. Krinsky practiced at the Los Angeles law firm of Hufstedler, Miller, Carlson & Beardsley. She then served for 15 years as a federal prosecutor — both in Los Angeles and on an organized crime and narcotics task force in the Mid-Atlantic region. During her tenure as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Central District of California, Ms. Krinsky served as Chief of the General Crimes Sections (supervising the work of over 50 new prosecutors), Chief of the Criminal Appellate Section (overseeing the Office’s docket of over 1,000 criminal appeals), chaired the Solicitor General’s Advisory Group on Appellate Issues, served on the Attorney General’s Advisory Committee on Sentencing, and received Attorney General Janet Reno’s highest national award for appellate work.

Ms. Krinsky left the Department of Justice to serve as Executive Director of the Children’s Law Center of Los Angeles — a 185 person nonprofit legal services organization that represents over 20,000 children in foster care. In that capacity, Ms. Krinsky worked on policy endeavors aimed at improving outcomes for children and youth at risk. Thereafter, she spent a year working closely with California judicial and government leaders in launching the state’s Child Welfare Council.

Ms. Krinsky has had extensive involvement in community and bar endeavors, including serving as President of the Los Angeles County Bar Association (the first lawyer from the public sector to hold that office) and also on the Los Angeles City Ethics Commission (she served as Commission President for three years). Ms. Krinsky received her B.A. in economics from UCLA and her J.D. from the UCLA School of Law. She is married to Glenn Krinsky (a partner at the Los Angeles office of the Jones Day law firm) and is the proud parent of Sarah (age 21, a senior at Yale University) and Hannah (age 18, a University of Pennsylvania freshman).

Carlos R. Moreno

Carlos R. Moreno is Of Counsel at Irell. Prior to joining Irell, he served as an Associate Justice of the California Supreme Court for a decade. Justice Moreno began his career as a deputy city attorney with the Los Angeles City Attorney’s office, prosecuting criminal and civil consumer protection cases and handling politically sensitive and legislative matters as special counsel to the city attorney. He then joined the firm of Mori & Ota (now known as Kelley, Drye & Warren) in 1979, representing institutional clients in the firm’s general commercial litigation practice.

In the fall of 1986, Governor George Deukmejian appointed Justice Moreno to the Municipal Court, Compton Judicial District, where he handled general criminal matters and supervised the court’s civil department. In October 1993, Governor Pete Wilson elevated Justice Moreno to the Los Angeles County Superior Court, where he presided over felony trials in downtown Los Angeles. Justice Moreno was nominated to the federal bench by President Bill Clinton and in February 1998, was unanimously confirmed to the United States District Court for the Central District of California by the United States Senate. He served as a federal district court judge for over three years, presiding over a broad range of complex civil and criminal matters. Justice Moreno has served as President of the Mexican American Bar Association and has been a member of the California Judges Association, the Presiding Judges Association, and the Municipal Court Judges Association of Los Angeles County. He has served on the Board of Visitors of Stanford Law School and the Board of Governors of the Association of Yale Alumni. Justice Moreno is a Director of the Arroyo Vista Family Health Center and a former President of the Yale Club of Southern California. The Los Angeles County Bar Association awarded him the Career Achievement Award in 2010 and the Criminal Justice Superior Court Judge of the Year Award in 1997. Justice Moreno also received the Roger J. Traynor Appellate Justice of the Year Award from the Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles in 2003. He is the former Chair of the California Blue Ribbon Commission on Children in Foster Care and former Co-Chair of the Child Welfare Council.

Bar & Court Admissions

1975, California

Robert C. Bonner

Robert C. Bonner is counsel to Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher and the senior principal of the Sentinel HS Group, LLC, a Washington, D.C.-based homeland security consulting firm that provides strategic advice regarding homeland and border security issues. In September 2001 Mr. Bonner was appointed Commissioner of the U.S. Customs Service, and served until 2006 as the first Commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the agency of the Department of Homeland Security responsible for managing and securing U.S. borders while facilitating trade and travel. Prior to that, Mr. Bonner’s government service included Administrator of the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), U. S. District Judge, and the United States Attorney for the Central District of California. He was the chair of the California Commission on Judicial Performance and currently serves on the board of trustees of the California Institute of Technology. Recently he was a member of the Mayor’s Blue Ribbon Panel on LAX security.