On September 24, 2009, the Death Penalty Representation Project held its 23rd Anniversary and Volunteer Recognition Event in Atlanta, Georgia, at the Woodruff Arts Center. Two volunteer law firms, Goodwin Procter LLP and Dykema Gossett PLLC, received the Project’s Exceptional Service Award given for extraordinary legal service to the men and women on Death Row
We’ve all experienced months of economic uncertainty and anxiety, and some of us have had to deal with real loss and hardship. The year 2010 may bring more of the same, but recovery and better times cannot be far off. Optimism in the midst of overwhelming misfortune is also what it takes to handle a death penalty case.
Summaries of recent successes by volunteer law firms
A number of news stories about the death penalty garnered national media attention during 2008-2009. From Texas to Georgia to Ohio, there were stories about exonerations, wrongful convictions, funding problems for defenders, and the cost of the death penalty.
When attorneys consider volunteer death penalty work, they often think about the personal rewards of helping an indigent death-sentenced prisoner. But equally important are the professional benefits of pro bono death penalty work.
Our mission at the Death Penalty Representation Project is to ensure that all persons facing a possible death sentence have the assistance of competent, effective lawyers at every stage of the proceedings against them.