23rd Anniversary and Volunteer Recognition Event

Volume II Issue 3

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.   

Volunteer lawyers from both firms made compelling remarks about their death penalty cases and experiences, and nationally recognized advocate Stephen B. Bright was the keynote speaker.  More than 75 people from the Atlanta area and around the country attended the awards ceremony and the reception that followed.  

2009 Award Recipients

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“On behalf of the Dykema firm and myself, I wanted to thank you and the American Bar Association again for the wonderful event the [Project] held in Atlanta on September 24, 2009.  Even more appreciated than your recognition is the ABA’s commitment to pro bono work that your efforts convey to the volunteers.  We are humbled and gratified to travel in your company and look forward to continued work with you.” 

~Joseph C. Basta, Dykema Gossett PLLC

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“Our dedication to the Kenneth Richey case is a testament to the firm’s strong belief in helping those who do not have the opportunity to advocate for themselves.  We are thrilled that the ABA Death Penalty Representation Project recognizes Goodwin Procter’s commitment to justice and fairness in regard to death penalty issues.”

~ Kenneth Parsigian, chair of Goodwin Procter LLP’s Pro Bono Committee and lawyer for Mr. Richey

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