WilmerHale Partner and former US Deputy Attorney General Jamie Gorelick, who assembled and oversaw the prosecution team in the 1995 bombing in Oklahoma City, delivered the keynote speech and was honored at the 2015 Reflections of Hope Award Luncheon on April 20 in Oklahoma City. Gorelick was one of 44 prosecutors, defense attorneys and judges recognized by the Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum for ensuring justice following the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building on April 19, 1995.
In Gorelick’s keynote address she noted that, “We wanted the American people to see us as we saw ourselves: respectful of the rule of law, even as we were determined to hold the perpetrators accountable. Our team had to embody those values and express those values in the courtroom. We were going to show American justice at its best. And we wanted an error-free trial that would withstand any legal assault.”
The Reflections of Hope Award honors a living person or active organization whose conduct exemplifies in an extraordinary fashion two core beliefs of the Oklahoma City National Memorial Foundation: that hope can survive and blossom despite the tragedy and chaos of political violence, and that, even in environments marred by such violence, peaceful approaches provide the best answers to human problems.