Death Penalty Representation Project

The Death Penalty Representation Project is the Association’s expert on issues related to the defense effort in death penalty cases. Since 1986 its singular focus has been to improve the quality and availability of legal representation for persons facing  possible death sentences.


Guidelines and Standards for Capital Representation

Information and standards about the appointment and performance of defense counsel in capital cases, including the 1989 and 2003 ABA Guidelines, as well as analysis of Bobby v. Van Hook.

View - Guidelines and Standards

Learn from Volunteers!

Listen to recorded testimonials from several of our most experienced volunteer attorneys! Each recording addresses a different topic or question of interest to new volunteers.

Listen to - Testimonials

Donate to the Project

Consider showing your support for our work by making a tax-deductible financial contribution to the Death Penalty Representation Project. Your assistance is essential to the Project’s success and to the lives of the men and women on death row.

Project News & Updates

New Clemency Resource Website Launched!

The Project has launched a new website for the public and practitioners devoted to capital clemency, as part of its joint Clemency Initiative. Visit our Initiative page to learn more!

Learn - More

2017 Year-End Report & Newsletter

Read our 2017 year-end report and newsletter, which includes a roundup of death penalty news from the past year and updates on the work of the Death Penalty Representation Project and our volunteer law firm partners.

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Learn More About Our Work

ABA Death Penalty Representation Project

The Death Penalty Representation Project has worked for 30 years to improve the quality of and access to counsel for individuals facing the death penalty. This short video about our work features just a few of our pro bono lawyers and their clients.