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The American Bar Association’s Death Penalty Representation Project has honored Jenner & Block with the 2016 Exceptional Service Award, lauding “the breadth of Jenner’s past and ongoing pro bono commitments to death penalty clients [and] influence on the development of capital punishment law.”
The award recognizes US firms for extraordinary commitment to pro bono capital representation. This marks the second time the Project has honored Jenner & Block with the award, the first time being in 2006, the inaugural year for the award. Only one other law firm has ever received the award twice.
The 2016 submission recounted the firm’s longstanding commitment to representing clients facing sentences of death, going back to the landmark US Supreme Court decision in Witherspoon v. Illinois in 1968. It also described the firm’s leadership in helping to effect systemic reform in the death penalty arena and highlighted several key recent representations, including:
The Project is the ABA’s leading resource on issues related to the defense effort in death penalty cases. Since its creation in 1986, its focus has been to improve the quality and availability of legal representation for people facing possible death sentences. Firm Partners John H. Mathias, Jr. and Terri L. Mascherin are past chairs of the Project’s Steering Committee,and Partner David W. DeBruin served for many years as a committee member.
The award will be presented at the annual volunteer recognition event scheduled for September 15, 2016, in Washington, DC.