2018 Frederick Douglass Awards Dinner Honorees

Frederick Douglass Equal Justice Award

Virginia “Ginny” Sloan, Founder & Former President, The Constitution Project

 

Ginny SloanGinny Sloan is President and Founder of The Constitution Project, and serves on its Board of Directors. Ms. Sloan previously served as Executive Director of the Task Force on Gender, Race and Ethnic Bias of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia and, for 14 years, was a counsel to the U.S. House Judiciary Committee. She was a law clerk to a federal judge and a Deputy Federal Public Defender in Los Angeles.

Ms. Sloan is a former member of the Boards of Directors of the Southern Center for Human Rights, the Mid-Atlantic Innocence Project, and Measures for Justice, and the Honorary Board of the Washington Council of Lawyers. She is also a member of the American Law Institute. She served as a Council member of the ABA’s Individual Rights and Responsibilities Section, and is now a special counsel, serving as the Section’s Constitutional Rights Division Director and Chair of its Death Penalty Due Process Review Project. She chaired the ABA's Criminal Justice Committee, which co-sponsored the organization's successful 1999 death penalty moratorium resolution. She is also an Advisor to the 9/11 Voices for Restoring the Rule of Law Campaign of September 11 Families for a Peaceful Tomorrow. In May 2008, Ms. Sloan was honored by the Legal Times as a “Champion,” “one of 30 lawyers who have had the greatest impact on the Washington legal community over the last 30 years and whose community and public service has set an example that other D.C. lawyers should follow.” Other awards include the Washington Council of Lawyers’ 2002 President’s Award for pro bono and public service.

Frederick Douglass Human Rights Award

Jason Flom, CEO, Lava Records and Lava Music Publishing

 

Jason FlomAmerican music industry executive Jason Flom is the CEO of Lava Records and Lava Music Publishing. Flom previously served as Chairman and CEO at Atlantic Records, Virgin Records and Capitol Music Group and is personally responsible for launching acts such as Kid Rock, Katy Perry, and Lorde. The New Yorker described him as “one of the most successful record men of the past 20 years…known for his specialty in delivering ‘monsters.”

Jason Flom is a leading philanthropist who has long championed various political and social causes. He has demonstrated his commitment to social justice as a founding board member of the Innocence Project and a board member of Families Against Mandatory Minimums, The Legal Action Center, The Drug Policy Alliance, The Anti-Recidivism Coalition, NYU Prison Education Program, Proclaim Justice and VetPaw. Jason Flom is known as a leading civilian expert on clemency and is personally responsible for dozens of clemencies including 17 that were granted by President Clinton, all of whom were nonviolent drug offenders serving between 15 and 85-year mandatory sentences.

Flom is the host of the podcast Wrongful Conviction, now in its fourth season, which features interviews with men and women who have spent decades in prison for crimes they did not commit. With the support of defense lawyers and representatives from various advocacy groups, he recounts insane stories behind these wrongful conviction cases, as a way to expose the broader issues. His goal is to promote alternatives to mass incarceration and offer his ideas on how to reduce the indecencies of wrongful convictions. Wrongful Conviction with Jason Flom is available on iTunes, iHeartRadio, Google Play, and Spotify.