For many years, Tom Mesereau
has actively donated his time to various inner city organizations that help
impoverished and vulnerable people. These include N-Action Family Network
(women in drug recovery and their children); Save Our Sons (black mothers whose
sons are incarcerated); Women of Watts (mothers and their children who are
against gang violence); Families to Amend California Three Strikes (families
who have a relative serving a life sentence under this law) and other free
clinics at African-American churches. Mr. Mesereau often speaks at middle
schools and high schools about the need for education and the problems
surrounding gangs and interracial violence. He has received many awards for
these activities. Each year, N-Action Family Network awards the "Thomas A.
Mesereau, Jr. Humanitarian Award" for excellence in public service.
last twelve years, Tom has defended at least one capital murder (death penalty)
case per year in the Deep South (Alabama, Mississippi). He has
accepted no legal fees for these cases and has paid all of his costs
personally. No one has received the death penalty.
Mesereau works closely with Collier Image Studios, a small inner city
entertainment and public relations company. This organization organizes and
produces events that focus on inner city children, including the development of
their creative talents.
Mesereau has received numerous awards and commendations from bar associations,
law schools, the city of Los Angeles, the county of Los Angeles, churches,
secondary schools, colleges, businesses and civil rights organizations, et al.
for his excellence as a trial lawyer and devotion to equal justice for all.
Public Service Awards and Accomplishments
Mr. Mesereau has received the following honors and awards:
County of Los Angeles, California formerly announced the celebration of "Attorney Thomas Mesereau Day" -for Mr. Mesereau's numerous contributions to the underprivileged and civil rights.
President's Award from United States Dream Academy, Washington D.C. - for work with inner city children whose parents are incarcerated - received with Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton.
Community Service Award from the Honorable Antonio Villaraigosa, Mayor of Los Angeles, California - for years of contributions to the city, including willingness to represent unpopular defendants and commitment to poor citizens.
Humanitarian Award issued in Mr. Mesereau's name each year by N-Action Family Network, an organization devoted to helping women in drug recovery and their children re-enter society.
Award from the Sarah Allen Women's Missionary Society of First African Methodist Episcopal Church, Los Angeles - for contributions to the African-American and other minority communities.
Eagle Award from the Honorable John Chiang, California State Controller - for "leadership, vision and outstanding contributions to California."
Certificate of Appreciation from Los Angeles County Supervisor Yvonne Brathwaite Burke - for dedicated service to the citizens of Los Angeles County.
Special Honor Award for Outstanding Lifetime Achievement from St. Gregory's College, Lagos, Nigeria - for accomplishments in civil rights.
Sankofa Award from the National Bar Association - for legal leadership and excellence in civil rights.
Humanitarian Award from the National Association of Blacks in Criminal Justice - "in recognition of your ongoing commitment to justice for all."
Award from the Reverend Cecil Murray, former Senior Minister of the First African Methodist Episcopal Church - for the many hours of volunteer time devoted to the church's free legal clinic.
Service Award from Dr. Frederick Ormonde Murph, Senior Minister, Brookins Community African Methodist Episcopal Church - for civil rights accomplishments.
Certificate of Appreciation from the City of Los Angeles, California - for Mr. Mesereau's contributions to the annual "Women of Watts Taking our Lives Back March" and his commitment to improving the lives of families in the community - presented by the Honorable Janice Hahn, Councilwoman, 15th District, Los Angeles, California.
Commendation from the District Attorney of Los Angeles County - "in recognition of dedicated community service."
Recognition by the Honorable Linda T. Sanchez, member of the United States Congress - for "his many years of outstanding and invaluable service to the community."
Commendation by the 13th Assembly District of the California State Legislature - for "outstanding commitment to providing quality legal services to the people of the State of California."
Certificate of Appreciation from Sharing Love Ministries Church in south Los Angeles - for Mr. Mesereau's "active participation in the work of the ministry of Christ."
Formal Commendation from Compton Seventh Day Adventist Church - for Mr. Mesereau's time and effort given to pro bono legal services in Los Angeles.
Certificate of Appreciation from the African-American Community Empowerment Organization, Los Angeles, California - for efforts to assist at-risk youth to develop their skills and goals.
California School Board President's Award - for "outstanding contributions to the children of the ComptonUnified School District, Los Angeles, California.
Award from the State Bar of California, Board of Governors - for providing pro bono legal services to low-income Californians.
Civil Rights Award from Collier Image Studios - for contributions to the inner city.
Morton Herbert Service Award from Criminal Courts Bar Association of Los Angeles, California - for "his generous and noble service and furtherance of social justice."
Annual Service Award from N-Action Family Network - for efforts on behalf of women in drug recovery.
Special Honor from the Human Relations Commission of the City of Los Angeles - for efforts to improve the inner city.
Keynote Speaker Award from the Salvation Army of Compton, California.
Special Honor from the Urban Issues Forum of Greater Los Angeles - for commitment to public discussion of critical urban issues.
Tom providing student volunteers advice on how to work with Legal Clinic clients and volunteer attorneys
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