Richard M. Aborn

Richard Aborn is a managing partner of Constantine Cannon and has over two decades of experience in litigation, public and government affairs, program analysis, management, issue advocacy, and social sector enterprises. Mr. Aborn combines his experience as an attorney and years of experience in the public policy sector, with an emphasis on criminal justice and organizational integrity issues, to provide clients with a wide range of services.

Mr. Aborn advises police departments and criminal justice agencies in the United States and in Europe on a variety of issues ranging from police integrity issues to use of force policy to building more effective relationships between police departments and criminal justice agencies. Current projects include the Los Angeles Police Department, the Hartford Police Department, Transport for London, the MET Police, British Transport Police and the Crown Prosecution Service.

Mr. Aborn also advises organizations in both the public and private sector on the best methodologies to control internal corruption.

Mr. Aborn previously served as the senior law enforcement advisor to the Democratic candidate for Mayor of New York in 2001. In that capacity, he was responsible for developing a comprehensive criminal justice policy for the City of New York. This policy included greater coordination of governmental agencies to focus on reducing recidivism, wireless technology for police officers, establishment of a 311 program, additional focus on firearms violence and a city based response to the terrorist attacks on 9/11.

Prior to that, Mr. Aborn was commissioned by the Office of the Public Advocate of New York City to conduct an investigation of the response of the New York City Police Department to civilian complaints of misconduct and its disciplinary system. This investigation included numerous recommendations to control police misconduct. He also investigated NYPD’s disciplinary decisions concerning officers involved with the fatal shooting of Amadou Diallo, an unarmed individual shot 41 times by police.

From 1992 to 1996, Mr. Aborn was President of Handgun Control, Inc., (now the Brady Campaign) the leading gun control advocacy organization in the United States. Mr. Aborn was one of the principal strategists behind the passage of the landmark Brady Bill and the legislation to ban assault weapons and large capacity clips. He has testified on Capitol Hill and in numerous state and local legislatures and worked closely with the White House, the Justice Department and the Treasury Department. As one of the chief spokespersons for Handgun Control, Mr. Aborn has appeared on numerous national and local television and radio shows.

As president, he was the senior management official responsible for day-to-day operations and fundraising and was charged with analyzing the strategy being used by the organization to achieve legislative victories and to implement whatever changes were required.

Concurrently, Mr. Aborn served as President of the Center to Prevent Handgun Violence, where he developed a program, now used by schools nationwide, to reduce gun injuries by working with the New York City public school system. He also established a research division at the Center to evaluate and supervise studies testing the impact of gun control legislation.

Previously, starting in 1979, Mr. Aborn was an Assistant District Attorney in the Manhattan District Attorney’s office where he prosecuted major felonies, including homicides. Upon leaving the District Attorney’s Office, Mr. Aborn started the law firm of Aborn and Anesi where he managed complex litigation representing victims of fraudulent activity on an international basis and assisted corporations seeking to eradicate internal corruption.

Mr. Aborn has lectured at the Law School of New York University, debated at the Yale Political Union, served as a Visiting Fellow at Columbia University and been a consultant to the Ford Foundation.

Mr. Aborn serves on the Board of Directors of many not-for-profit organizations, encouraging them to maximize their impact by developing substantive, measurable programs and by utilizing strategic skills to promote their issues.

Mr. Aborn is admitted to practice in New York; the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of N.Y.; and, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of N.Y.

Richard M. Aborn's Publications & Speeches

May212015
NYC needs 1,000 new cops so it can protect communities better

amNEWYORK (May 21, 2015) Click here to read the article.

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Apr142015
New York City Makes Changes to Summons Court

Wall Street Journal (April 14, 2015) Click here to read the article.

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Apr52015
Stop cyber fights before they get bloody: Column

USA Today (April 5, 2015) Click here to read the article.

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Apr12015
Reform conditions in prisons

Albany Times Union (April 1, 2015) Click here to read the article.

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Mar192015
Mayor is Handcuffed on NYPD Size

Wall Street Journal (March 19, 2015) Click here to read the article.

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Feb122015
Ensuring Long-Term Oversight and Accountability at Rikers

Gotham Gazetter (Feb 12, 2015) Click here to read the article.

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Jan152015
NYPD rift is a chance to improve the system

amNEWYORK (Jan. 15, 2015) Click here to read the article.

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Sep292014
Demilitarize towns, help fund the NYPD

New York Daily News (Sept. 29, 2014) Click here to read the article.

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Aug42014
Cruelty to adolescents at Rikers Island will ruin the lives of thousands: expert

Daily News (Aug.4, 2014) Click here to read the article.

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Jun12014
Aborn: A commonsense gun restriction

Newsday (June 1, 2014) Click here to read the article.

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Feb232014
College for convicts? Yes

Daily News (Feb. 23, 2014) Click here to read the article.

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Dec92013
Raise age for adult crimes

Daily News (Dec. 9, 2013) Click here to read the article.

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Nov22013
Preventing school shootings starts with gun safety at home

The Record (Nov. 2, 2013). Click here to read the article.

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Nov12013
Prisons: In Jail, But Not Sentenced

 Americas Quarterly (Winter 2013). Click here to read the article.

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Sep12012
Toward a Future, Wiser Court: A Blueprint for Overturning District of Columbia v. Heller

Fordham Urban Law Journal (Fall 2012) Click here to read the article.

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Jun12012
A Stalled Farewell to Arms—Reinvigorating the Gun Control Movement

NYSBA Government, Law and Policy Journal (Summer 2012) Reprinted with permission from : Government, Law and Policy Journal, Summer 2012, Vol. 14, No. 1, published...

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May312012
Why Indifference to Gun Violence is a National Crime

Washington Post (May 31, 2012) Click here to read the article.

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Jan102012
DNA Can Boost NY Justice

New York Post (Jan. 10, 2012) Click here to read the article.

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Jan82012
No More Jared Lee Loughners

Daily News (Jan. 8, 2012) Click here to read the article.

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Jul82010
DNA Tests Should Be Routine as Fingerprints

Albany Times Union (July 8, 2010) download PDF

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Dec42009
Make DNA the New Fingerprint

New York Daily News (2009) download PDF

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May72008
States Must Unite to Put an End to Illegal Gun Trafficking

New York Daily News (2008) download PDF

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Jan222008
City Should Help Judicial System

New York Daily News (Jan. 22, 2008) download PDF

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Oct12006
Juvie Crime Wave Could Bring Rising Violent Tide

New York Daily News (2006) download PDF

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Jun92006
DNA: Connect N.Y. Dots

New York Daily News (2008) download PDF

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May192005
Gambling: Who's Really at Risk? The Connection Between Gambling and Crime

(May 19, 2005) download PDF

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Mar42005
The End of Recidivism

The Nation (March 4, 2005) download PDF

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