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December 1, 2016

Moments in History: Jenner & Block's 100-Year Story

Juan Rivera’s Conviction Is Reversed

Freedom for Juan Rivera Hugging His MomFreedom for Juan Rivera Hugging His MomDecember marks the fifth anniversary of the Illinois Appellate Court for the Second District reversing the conviction of pro bono client Juan Rivera.  Mr. Rivera had been convicted of the 1992 rape and murder of an 11-year-old girl.  The Illinois court found insufficient evidence to support his conviction in light of the DNA evidence excluding him as the perpetrator.

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CATEGORIES: Moments in History, Wrongful Conviction

October 6, 2016

Moments in History: Jenner & Block's 100-Year Story

Jean Marc Nken Asylum Case Anniversary

Lindsay Harrison US Supreme Court for pro bono blogOctober marks the fifth anniversary of the granting of asylum for pro bono client Jean Marc Nken.  Mr. Nken fled Cameroon in 2001 after having been jailed and tortured by the government for his participation in pro-democracy protests.  He lost his initial asylum case and several unsuccessful appeals and was set to be deported when Jenner &  Block Partner Lindsay C. Harrison took on his case. 

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CATEGORIES: L Harrison, Moments in History, US Supreme Court

October 4, 2016

Moments in History: Jenner & Block's 100-Year Story

Anniversary of Dowaliby Reversal

October marks the 25th anniversary of the Illinois Appellate Court reversing the conviction of pro bono client David Dowaliby in a high-profile case that centered on the kidnapping of Mr. Dowaliby’s 7-year-old daughter Jaclyn in 1988. The Illinois Appellate Court ruled the prosecutors failed to prove that no one else killed Jaclyn and that the evidence against him was not sufficient.

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CATEGORIES: Moments in History, Wrongful Conviction

September 6, 2016 Anniversary of Second Circuit Decision in Pinnacle

For pro bono blog Sept. 6 2016

September marks the third anniversary of the firm’s victory in the Second Circuit on behalf of a class of 22,000 tenants and Pinnacle Group, one of New York City’s largest residential landlords that owned scores of rent-controlled apartments.   Capping a five-year legal battle, the Second Circuit affirmed a district court’s approval of a landmark settlement agreement between the parties.

Click here to read more and see a video about the case.

CATEGORIES: Moments in History

June 7, 2016

Moments in History: Jenner & Block's 100-Year Story

Firm Secures US Supreme Court Victory in Case Regarding the Right to Effective Counsel

US Supreme Court Pro BonoJune marks the 13th anniversary of the firm’s victory on behalf of pro bono client Kevin Wiggins before the US Supreme Court.  Mr. Wiggins had been found guilty of capital murder after a bench trial in 1989; a jury sentenced him to death.  But the two public defenders did not thoroughly investigate Mr. Wiggins’ background and, therefore, former partner Donald Verrilli successfully argued, failed to tell the jury of “powerful mitigating evidence” that could have spared him that fate.  

Please click here to read more and see a video about the case.

CATEGORIES: Moments in History, US Supreme Court

June 2, 2016

Moments in History: Jenner & Block's 100-Year Story

Victory in Witherspoon Case Reforms Jury Selection Process in Capital Cases

US Supreme Court Pro BonoJune marks the 48th anniversary of the firm’s victory on behalf of pro bono client William Witherspoon before the US Supreme Court.  The case would have major implications for how juries are selected in capital cases throughout the nation.  In 1960, a jury sentenced Witherspoon to death.  The jury was selected in a process that permitted the prosecution an unlimited number of challenges for cause with respect to any potential juror who expressed qualms about the death penalty.  As a result, the jury that sentenced Witherspoon to death was composed only of people who had no qualms about capital punishment.  Jenner & Block represented Mr. Witherspoon in a post-conviction review that successfully challenged the constitutionality of this process. 

Please click here to read more about the case.  Click here to read the opinion of the U.S. Supreme Court in Witherspoon.  Click here for a recording of Mr. Jenner’s oral argument presented to the Court.

CATEGORIES: A Jenner, Death Penalty, Moments in History, US Supreme Court

September 30, 2014

Moments in History: Jenner & Block's 100-Year Story

Watch Some of Firm's New York Lawyers Discuss the Victory for Class of Tenants in Pro Bono Housing Matter

 

Capping a five-year legal battle, the Second Circuit on this day in 2013 affirmed a district court’s approval of a landmark settlement agreement between a class of 22,000 tenants and Pinnacle Group, one of New York City’s largest residential landlords that owned scores of rent-controlled apartments.  Read more ...

CATEGORIES: Class Action, Moments in History

December 9, 2011

Moments in History: Jenner & Block's 100-Year Story

Watch Partner Terri Mascherin Discuss the Release of Firm's Pro Bono Client After Serving 19 Years


A team working with attorneys from Northwestern University Law School’s Bluhm Legal Clinic Center on Wrongful Convictions and Stanford Law School Professor Lawrence Marshall represented Juan Rivera in appealing his third conviction of the 1992 rape and murder of an 11-year-old girl, Holly Staker.  Read more...

CATEGORIES: Moments in History, T Mascherin, Wrongful Conviction