On May 17, we spent an evening honoring and celebrating 25 years of the Center alongside our supporters and partners.
The Honorable Jonathan Lippman, former New York State Chief Judge and Of Counsel, Latham & Watkins
Shaun Leonardo, Artist and Advocate
JPMorgan Chase & Co.
The Tow Foundation
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Together, we can achieve justice and equity; create safe, healthy, and thriving communities; and transform justice systems.
Lifetime Achievement Award: Judge Jonathan Lippman
Judge Jonathan Lippman played an essential role in helping found the Center for Court Innovation in 1996 and supporting it during his tenures as New York State’s chief administrative judge (1996-2007) and chief judge (2009-2015). As a leader, he championed a wide range of reforms. He made New York a leader in the development of problem-solving courts, such as drug treatment and domestic violence courts, to improve outcomes for victims, litigants, and communities. He also strengthened access to justice initiatives by, among other things, providing more funding for civil legal services and resources for self-represented litigants.
Community Innovator: Shaun Leonardo
Queens-born and Brooklyn-based artist, performer, and advocate Shaun Leonardo, and our Community Innovator honoree, has played a key role in using art to help communities and those impacted by the justice system thrive, including by working with our Project Reset diversion programming.
Corporate Innovator: JPMorgan Chase
Our Corporate Innovator honoree, JPMorgan Chase, has been a leader in fostering employment through its Second Chance Agenda, which seeks to remove the barriers to employment and economic opportunity facing the millions of Americans with an arrest or conviction record.
Philanthropic Innovator: The Tow Foundation
The Tow Foundation received the “Philanthropic Innovator” award at our 25th Anniversary benefit for supporting new ideas and initiatives that promote a more equitable, fair, and safe justice system, with the ultimate goal of ending mass criminalization.
Marshall L. Miller
Judge Victoria Pratt
Dr. Ashwin Vasan