For 25 years, the Project has existed to provide death-sentenced prisoners with a voice. Our work encompasses a range of issues to ensure that death row prisoners receive the competent and effective legal representation that is essential to fairness and justice.
Each year pro bono firms are nominated by their colleagues for exceptional service to prisoners on death row. This year, the Project gratefully recognized the work of Arnold & Porter LLP, Dorsey & Whitney LLP, and Fredrikson & Byron PA.
The Project honored Justice John Paul Stevens at the 25th Anniversary & Volunteer Recognition Event in gratitude for his lifetime commitment and dedication to justice for death row prisoners.
This year we mark a bittersweet anniversary – the Project’s 25th year providing legal assistance to death row prisoners.
2011 was a year of significant developments in the modern death penalty era, with events as diverse as abolition in Illinois to the execution of a man whose guilt was in serious doubt. Although these stories captured headlines, little was heard about the common thread that connected each event: the contributions of volunteer attorneys, many of whom worked closely with the Project. They are the unsung heroes.
The Project receives countless requests for assistance from prisoners on death row across the country who are without counsel. When volunteer attorneys and law firms take on death penalty matters, they demonstrate their commitment to the fundamental principle of the American justice system that every person charged with a crime is entitled to a fair trial and competent legal representation.