The Death Penalty Representation Project and its thousands of volunteer attorneys have been inspired and sustained by Justice Stevens’ words and actions throughout his distinguished tenure at the Court. We are indebted to Justice Stevens for his support of pro bono service, which he has long championed. Writing in a 2000 article for the Chicago Bar Association, he said, “I remain convinced that the principal rewards that are available to the best lawyers in our profession are intangible rather than monetary. . . . [T]here is no substitute for pride in a job well done and knowledge that your talent and training have served others badly in need of help.”
The Project is proud to announce a new award to be given by the Project beginning next year: it will be given to an individual lawyer who has demonstrated the kind of courage and commitment we associate with Justice Stevens. In his honor, it will be named the Justice Stevens Guiding Hand of Counsel Award.