Justice John Paul Stevens retired from the U.S. Supreme Court on June 29, 2010. He was the third longest-serving justice in the history of the Court. During his lengthy tenure, Justice Stevens authored many opinions expressing concerns about injustices in the administration of the death penalty, including racial bias, limitations on the courts’ abilities to correct constitutional violations, and lack of access to competent counsel. He has been described as a “champion of the powerless” in recognition of his advocacy for the rights of criminal defendants, including those on death row. Since his retirement from the Court, Justice Stevens has continued to be an influential voice for the most vulnerable members of our society and for changes that will give meaning to our Constitutional protections.
To nominate an individual for the Project’s 2012 Justice Stevens Guiding Hand of Counsel Award, please contact the Project at (202) 662-1738 or firstname.lastname@example.org.