For Immediate Release
June 19th, 2001
Contact: Michael Fell (714) 347-8499; pager (714) 568-9127
DA Tony Rackauckas Among Group Honored At Domestic Violence Prevention Conference
Irvine, CA—Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas was one of several community leaders who attended the Domestic Violence Prevention Conference today and acknowledged the fight against domestic violence. After speaking to the group of nearly 600 attendees, most of whom were educators from throughout the Orange County Unified School District, Rackauckas, along with Marian Bergeson, County Supervisor Tom Wilson, William Gillespie, County Executive Officer Michael Shumacher, Director of Social Services Larry Leamon, Public Defender Carl Holmes, Orange County Sheriff Captain Tom Davis, Laguna Beach Police Chief Jim Spriene and Probation Chief John Robinson, were honored for their dedication to eradicate domestic violence in Orange County. The conference lasted the full day and several speakers addressed those gathered. State Attorney General Bill Lockyer, who was instrumental in the passage of numerous Civil Rights legislation while he served in the Senate was among those in attendance.
The event, which was organized and hosted by Superior Court Judge Pamela Iles, focused on educating teachers in recognizing signs of domestic violence. Identification of early warning signs exhibited by children in violent homes and effective interventions to be used by teachers are examples of two of the objectives covered at the conference. Judge Iles was appointed to the Orange County Bench in 1983 and has been actively involved with the battle against domestic violence for many years. She has received several awards and commendations for her work on behalf of children and sexual assault victims. Additionally, the National Organization of Victims Assistance in Washington D.C. will be honoring her work in the area of domestic violence and child abuse.
Rackauckas was joined by nine of his deputy district attorneys. Two of the Deputy District Attorneys, Mary Meloch and Erin Rowe, also gave presentations to the attendees. In addressing the crowd, D.A. Rackauckas stated that the Orange County District Attorney’s Office is “dedicated to work on this program of domestic violence.” Rackauckas then introduced the nine deputy district attorneys in attendance who specialize in domestic violence prosecution. “We’re going to make a lot of difference and this is going to better our society,” claimed the District Attorney.