Thank you for supporting our 2018 Shining Star Gala!
Your generous sponsorship of this once-a-year fundraiser is critical — every dollar will truly make a difference. As one client said to us,
“The Victim Rights Law Center changed the course of my life. You gave me back control. You helped me go from victim to victor. “
All proceeds will go toward advancing the mission of the VRLC: to provide free, comprehensive legal services for survivors of sexual violence to help them rebuild their lives, and promote a national movement committed to seeking justice for each and every rape and sexual assault victim. Our goal is to ensure that every sexual assault victim has a trained attorney by their side, helping them piece together their lives after the trauma.
2018 Leadership Award:
Kristen Gibbons Feden, Esq.
Special prosecutor in Bill Cosby's sexual assault retrial
Kristen M. Gibbons Feden concentrates her practice on complex commercial litigation, securities litigation and enforcement, education law, employment & labor, and white-collar defense. Prior to joining Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young, she was Assistant District Attorney in Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office where she served the community as Prosecutor in the Trials Division. Leading the Domestic Violence Unit and Elder Abuse Unit as Captain, as well as an assigned prosecutor within the Sex Crimes Unit, Attorney Feden investigated and prosecuted cases of child and elder abuse and neglect, rape, sexual violence, internet crimes against children, and financial exploitation against elders. Over the course of her tenure in the District Attorney’s Office, Attorney Feden has prosecuted all types of criminal cases, ranging in seriousness, including homicides, rapes, aggravated assaults, burglaries, elder financial exploitation crimes, cases of child pornography, and more. Some notable cases include: Commonwealth v. Rahaat, Commonwealth v. Meridith, Commonwealth v. Perkins, Commonwealth v. Tucker, Commonwealth v. Staab, Commonwealth v. Dunnigan, Commonwealth v. Gibney, Commonwealth v. Gardner, Commonwealth v. Hawthorne, Commonwealth v. Storms, Commonwealth v. Rosario, Commonwealth v. Yandamuri, and most recently, the trial and re-trial of Commonwealth v. Cosby. Attorney Feden began her legal career as the Law Clerk for the Honorable Garrett D. Page.
Recently, in May of 2018, Attorney Feden was named The American Lawyer’s Litigator of the Week, and one of the 2018 Lawyers on the Fast Track. About a year prior, in May of 2017, Attorney Feden earned a Commendation from the Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office for her prosecutorial work. In the same month, she earned a Unit Commendation from the Montgomery Township Police Department, and similarly, in January of 2015, she earned a Unit Commendation from the Upper Merion Police Department. In April of 2016, Attorney Feden was named one of the Top 40 individuals under the age of 40 by the Philadelphia Business Journal.
In addition to working full time as a litigator and passionately advocating victims of all ages, Attorney Feden is the proud mother of two boys – Nicholas David Feden Jr., age 6, and Ethan Wayne Feden, age 4, - and delighted wife of Nicholas Feden, Sr.
Attorney Feden earned her law degree from Temple University Beasley School of Law in the Spring of 2009 and her Bachelors in Science Degree in Neuroscience at Lafayette College in 2004. During law school, Attorney Feden received numerous awards, including a Commendation Award from the Rubin Public Interest Honor Society, noting her volunteerism during law school. She also obtained the “Best Oral Advocate” Award, the “Outstanding Oral Advocate” Awards several times, the Barristers’ Award, and “Distinguished Class Performance” Awards several times. Upon graduation Attorney Feden received the Andrew Gay Award, for excellence in Trial Advocacy in the area of Criminal Law, and the Jacquelyn E. Davis Success Award for her efforts and commitment towards public service. Prior to law school, Attorney Feden worked as a Financial Analyst for Bloomberg, L.P. in New York.
Attorney Feden continues to volunteer and serve as a member on numerous task forces and Boards. Additionally, Attorney Feden volunteers her services within her church, and within the community.
2018 Champion Award:
Manatt, Phelps & Phillips LLP
Manatt is a multidisciplinary national firm with a strong presence in America’s most important business markets (New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles among them), which has shown an outstanding commitment to providing pro bono legal services to survivors of sexual violence. Throughout the past year, Manatt’s commitment to the VRLC and sexual assault survivors was endlessly demonstrated, especially through their incredible pro bono support of the VRLC’s National Privacy Rights project.
2018 Shining Star Award:
Jeremy Meisinger, Esq.
An associate in the Administrative Law Department of Foley Hoag, Attorney Meisinger counsels public and private-sector clients on a variety of regulatory questions and advises clients under investigation by federal and state regulatory agencies.
He also maintains an active pro bono practice, and his continued, long-standing commitment to the VRLC has been invaluable to our organization and clients. Known for going above and beyond for each VRLC client, he approaches each case with sensitivity, compassion, and a real understanding of the complex issues involved in sexual violence.
Emcee: Janet Wu
Janet recently joined Bloomberg after many years as an anchor reporter at Boston's NBC station. She is also an adjunct professor at Emerson College. Her work has been published in The New York Times, The Boston Globe and The 2018 Norton Sampler of Essays. She is a founding member of SheGives, a philanthropic fund created by women. Wu is an overseer for the New England Conservatory of Music and Franciscan Children's Hospital. She sits on advisory boards for Homestart, the Boston chapter of the Heart Association, and the Max Warburg Courage Curriculum. She graduated from Yale with a dual major in Philosophy and Psychology and earned a Master's degree in Journalism and International Affairs from Columbia. She was named the 2015 New England Girl Scouts Leading Woman of the Year and delivered a TedX Talk on perspective. She plays the piano and cello and has traveled to 71 countries, 28 solo.