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.

PBI’s 2019 Annual Conference: New Frontiers in Death Penalty Cases

We are at a unique moment in the history of the death penalty in the United States where shifting attitudes, scientific advances, and legal developments have created new pathways to relief for some of the 2,500 people on death row. This session will cover emerging legal issues, new tools and partnerships, societal and scientific developments, the status of pro bono opportunities, and how to get involved. Please join Project Director Emily Olson-Gault at the Gaylord National Resort, D.C.’s National Harbor, on March 28, 2019. Panel speakers include DPIC's Robert Dunham, recently exonerated Pennsylvania death-row prisoner Jimmy Dennis, and his pro bono counsel at Arnold & Porter, Rebecca Gordon. Time tentatively set for 11am-noon.


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.

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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.

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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

Year-End Report & Newsletter

Read our 2018 Year-End Report & Newsletter, which includes a review of Supreme Court decisions and pending cases from the past year, death penalty news, Project updates, and much more!

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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!

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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.