24th Anniversary and Volunteer Awards

Each year the Project celebrates its dedicated volunteers at our Anniversary & Volunteer Recognition Event. Pro bono firms are nominated by their colleagues for exceptional service to prisoners on Death Row and honored with our award. Award criteria include commitment above and beyond to pro bono death penalty work through the number of death penalty cases handled; financial and hourly commitment in ratio to resources; attention devoted to the death penalty debate; significant impact on the justice system through legal victory, legislation, and/or litigation.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010 
Downtown Aquarium, 410 Bagby, Houston, TX, 6-8 p.m.

For more information about this event please contact the Project at (202) 662-1738 or email us at .

Event Media

See photos of the event here. 

Program Booklet

Exceptional Service Awards

Each year pro bono firms are nominated by their colleagues for exceptional service to prisoners on Death Row and honored with our Exceptional Service Award. The Death Penalty Representation Project presents the 2010 Exceptional Service Awards for exceptional pro bono contributions on behalf of death-sentenced prisoners to Drinker, Biddle & Reath LLP and Reed Smith LLP.

Drinker, Biddle & Reath

Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP is particularly proud of its long and dedicated commitment to death penalty representation in many different contexts. Two aspects of this work give our firm special pride. First, the firm’s commitment to these difficult engagements finds its wellsprings not just in the original firm of Drinker Biddle & Reath, but also from the several firms that have combined with us in recent years. Indeed, the integration of these firms into Drinker Biddle & Reath has been so successful in part because of the shared commitment to this important pro bono work of those who have joined us along the way – a commitment that has broadened and deepened as we’ve grown.

Read their full bio here.

Reed Smith

Reed Smith has been representing inmates on death row for twenty (20) years. The firm’s attorneys are doing this work in Pennsylvania, Illinois, and Alabama, and are currently representing seven men on death row.

Read their full bio here.

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

Keynote Speaker

Ray Krone

Ray was the 100th person exonorated and released from Death Row in the United States.  We are honored to welcome him as the keynote speaker at our 24th Anniversary and Volunteer Recognition Event.  Visit Ray's page at to learn more about his remarkable story!


In support of the work of the ABA Death Penalty Representation Project and those honored at the event we would like to provide the opportunity to purchase ad space in acknowledgement of these individuals and to have your own organization recognized by those attending.

The Project would like to thank our sponsors for 2010:

  • Covington & Burlington LLP
  • Crowell & Moring LLP
  • Drinker Biddle LLP
  • Jenner & Block LLP
  • King & Spalding LLP
  • Skadden, Meagher, Arps & Flom LLP
  • Reed Smith LLP

Thank you to our sponsors!