For 26 Years, Firm Maintains Top 10 Pro Bono Standing
Jenner & Block is proud of its 2019 pro bono results:
Once again, Jenner & Block ranks among the top 10 in The American Lawyer’s guide to pro bono commitment among the nation’s 200 highest-grossing firms. Based on 2015 hours, the firm ranks #7 in AmLaw’s 2016 guide. Further, Jenner & Block is tied for 10th place in “breadth of commitment,” a chart that ranks firms by the percentage of US-based lawyers who performed more than 20 hours of work in 2015: 77 percent of Jenner & Block lawyers did so. In total, firm lawyers devoted 54,510 hours to pro bono work in 2015. AmLaw has ranked the firm #1 in pro bono seven times, most recently in 2015.
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Earlier this year, Jenner & Block was named to The National Law Journal’s “Pro Bono Hot List,” one of only 10 law firms across the United States that made the list.
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Firm Wins 2016 Exceptional Service Award from the ABA Death Penalty Representation Project
The firm has won the 2016 Exceptional Service Award from the ABA Death Penalty Representation Project. In noting the “exceptionally strong” pool of applicants under consideration this year, the Project’s Awards Committee felt that the breadth of our past and present pro bono commitments, along with our influence on the development of capital punishment law, set us apart.
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Pro Bono: 30 Seconds to Lose Your Life, 30 Years to Get It Back - The Story of Johnnie Lee Savory
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Long-Running Representation Ends with Client Permanently Removed from Death Row
After representing Hector Torres Garcia in Texas death penalty post-conviction proceedings for nearly 10 years, the firm secured the reversal of his death sentence in December 2015 and then negotiated a deal that removed him from death row permanently.
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Release from Prison Four Years Early
In 2005, client Juan Deshannon Butler was convicted of possession of a firearm after he voluntarily turned over a gun that had been forced upon him at gunpoint. The trial court sentenced him to a mandatory minimum of 15 years under the Armed Career Criminal Act’s “residual clause” based on a prior conviction for “escape,” which involved walking away from a penal institution. Mr. Butler sought relief, arguing that a 2009 Supreme Court case clarified that “escape” did not quality under the ACCA’s residual clause. The US District Court for the District of Arizona concluded his claim was procedurally barred. In September 2015, the firm offered to represent Mr. Butler pro bono before the US Supreme Court, challenging the court of appeals’ denial of his motion for relief. By December 2015, the firm obtained a court order directing Mr. Butler’s immediate release from prison.
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Team Convinces State of Georgia to Dismiss Charges Against Client Facing Death Penalty
On June 12, 2015, a team convinced the State of Georgia to voluntarily dismiss its case against the firm’s client Larry Lee, who had been on death row for 28 years. Mr. Lee had been convicted of three counts of murder and sentenced to death in November 1987, in Wayne County, Georgia, for his alleged role in the robbery and killing of a couple and their 14-year-old son in April 1986. Between 1987 and 2008, the case was on direct appeal and then went on to habeas proceedings. Mr. Lee always maintained his innocence.
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