The American Bar Association Death Penalty Representation Project presented its highest award, the Exceptional Service Award, to Kaye Scholer LLP at its 22nd Anniversary & Volunteer Recognition Event on September 9, 2008, in New York City. New York Litigation Partners Lori Leskin and Jennifer Patterson accepted the award on behalf of the firm.
Award criteria include commitment 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; and significant impact on the justice system through legal victory, legislation, and/or litigation.
The ABA created the Death Penalty Representation Project in 1986 with the goals of raising awareness about the lack of representation available to death row inmates, addressing this urgent need by recruiting competent volunteer lawyers, and offering these volunteers training and assistance. The Death Penalty Representation Project works for systemic changes in the criminal justice system that would assure those facing death are represented at all stages of the proceedings from trial through clemency by qualified, adequately compensated counsel.
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