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Firms Honored at Annual Volunteer Recognition Event

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Firms Honored at Annual Volunteer Recognition Event

On September 26, 2007, at the 21st Anniversary and Volunteer Recognition Event, the Death Penalty Representation Project honored WilmerHale and Mayer Brown LLP for their exceptional service to prisoners on Death Row.

Recent success stories from our volunteer firms.

Texas is one of the epicenters of death penalty litigation in this country - in terms of both numbers of executions, and the creative litigation that is generated as a result. Not surprisingly, the situation in Texas presents particular and pressing needs.

A Marine recruiter with over 18 years of service including a tour in Kuwait and Iraq during Operation Desert Storm is on Death Row in Mississippi without an attorney.

In 2002 attorneys at Patton Boggs volunteered to represent Tony Barksdale, a death row prisoner in Alabama without counsel. Two years later, shareholder and volunteer lawyer Steven Schneebaum left Patton Boggs and joined Greenberg Traurig but retained a strong commitment and interest in continuing to work on the case.

It has been 25 years since the first lethal injection (LI) occurred in the UnitedStates, but increasing concern over the procedure has resulted in de facto moratoriums across the country this past year.

Many factors determine the length of state post-conviction proceedings, including the jurisdiction, judge, and issues in a case.

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