March 09, 2012

Board of Governors Report on the 2012 Midyear Meeting in New Orleans

The ABA Board of Governors met and heard from John H. Mathias, Steering Committee Chair of the ABA Death Penalty Representation Project, who reported on the Project’s work. Celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2011, the goals of the Project are to raise awareness about the lack of representation available to death row prisoners, to address the urgent need by recruiting competent volunteer attorneys and to offer these volunteers training and assistance. Mathias reported that thousands of volunteer lawyers nationwide have contributed well over a hundred million dollars of billable time to pro bono death penalty cases and tens of millions of dollars in out-of-pocket costs. In addition, he said that through the Project’s work, 52 death row inmate have been exonerated or have had their death sentences commuted.