2019 Volunteer Recognition & Awards Dinner

Event Info

September 19, 2019
Cocktail hour: 5:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Dinner & Program: 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Dessert & coffee: 8:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

The Decatur House
748 Jackson Pl NW
Washington, DC 20006

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Exceptional Service Awards

Every fall, the Project celebrates volunteer lawyers at its Volunteer Recognition & Awards Dinner. Pro bono firms are nominated by their colleagues for exceptional service to death row prisoners and honored with the Exceptional Service Award.

This year's Exceptional Service awards will be presented to two outstanding volunteer law firms:


White & Case

John Paul Stevens Guiding Hand of Counsel Award

The Project also recognizes the extraordinary efforts of individual lawyers with the John Paul Stevens Guiding Hand of Counsel Award, which was first presented to Justice Stevens in 2011. 

This year's Guiding Hand of Counsel Award will be presented to Kelley J. Henry from the Capital Habeas Unit of the Federal Public Defender's Office for the Middle District of Tennessee.

Project Leadership Award

This year the Project will also present a special recognition award to Ronald J. Tabak, Special Counsel at Skadden, in honor of his extraordinary leadership and contributions to the work and mission of the Death Penalty Representation Project.

You can make a gift in honor of Ron and his service to the Project and help in our mission to recruit and train pro bono lawyers to ensure due process. 

Read more about the awards and learn about past award recipients here.

Keynote Speaker

The Project is honored to welcome Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner as keynote speaker for this year's awards dinner.

A long-time champion of criminal justice reform and former defense attorney, Mr. Krasner has already had a significant impact on the Philadelphia criminal justice system during his first year in office. In addition to reviewing several controversial convictions, Mr. Krasner’s office has also brought an historic challenge to the state’s death penalty system. Earlier this year, the office petitioned the state supreme court to strike down the state's death penalty, citing such issues as racial bias and the lack of qualified counsel and adequate funding for indigent defendants.

Pennsylvania’s capital punishment regime may very well reserve death sentences for those who receive the 'worst' (i.e., the most poorly funded and inadequately supported) representation.

Brief of Commonwealth of PA for Respondent

Cox v. Comm.

We are delighted that Mr. Krasner will be able to join us to share his experiences and help us celebrate the extraordinary work of pro bono attorneys and capital defenders. 


Event tickets are on sale now!

Ticket prices:

$100 - Regular
$50 - Non-profit/government

Tickets can be purchased online at For other purchasing options, group sales, or questions, please contact the Project at 202-662-1738 or Note that all of our sponsorship packages include tickets to the event. These sponsorships provide critical funding that directly supports the work of the Project.


Sponsorship of this event provides us with critical funding that allows us to continue our work year-round. Information about this year's sponsorship packages is available on our sponsorship page. If you would like to learn more about general sponsorship opportunities, please contact the Project at (202) 662-1738.

To make a tax-deductible financial contribution to the Project and become a part of our life-saving work, you can make a donation online or visit our donation page for additional options.

Look Back: 2018 Volunteer Recognition & Awards Dinner

Look Back: 2018 Volunteer Recognition & Awards Dinner