A large and dedicated group of Kaye Scholer lawyers and legal assistants convinced the Virginia Governor to stop an execution the evening of June 8. The reprieve came just an hour before Virginia was ready to execute our client, a young man with an IQ of 66 who suffers from severe mental illness.
Our efforts included traditional legal argument, extensive analysis of the medical evidence, research into other successful clemency petitions, persuasive drafting, lobbying for support from prominent world leaders, including Desmond Tutu, advocacy in the press, and a lot of political savvy. But most of all, an unwavering commitment to justice and human decency.
The Kaye Scholer team included Kevin Willett, Arthur Brown, Lori Leskin and Jennifer Patterson.
Also of Interest
- Harty Receives Lawyers Alliance 2016 Cornerstone Award November 18, 2016 • Recognitions
- Kaye Scholer Receives Legal Aid Society’s Pro Bono Publico Award November 4, 2016 • Recognitions
- Kaye Scholer Named a Law360 Pro Bono Firm of the Year October 4, 2016 • Recognitions
- Pro Bono Team Advances CodeEd’s Comp Sci Efforts for Coeds September 14, 2016 • Client Successes
- Summer Associates Successfully Assist Transgender Clients July 27, 2016 • Client Successes
- Kaye Scholer Secures Pro Bono Victory for Father Falsely Accused of Child Abuse July 1, 2016 • Client Successes
- Chicago Team Receives 2016 Award for Excellence in Pro Bono Service May 25, 2016 • Recognitions
- Kaye Scholer Clients Are “Prevailing Parties” in Transgender Birth Certificate Case... May 10, 2016 • Client Successes
- Assad Rajani Awarded Two California Pro Bono Distinctions April 26, 2016 • Recognitions