October 23, 2006

Jenner & Block was honored by the American Bar Association’s Death Penalty Representation Project for “exceptional pro bono contributions” on behalf of Death Row prisoners at the Projects’ recent 20th Anniversary & Volunteer Recognition event.

Partner Terri L. Mascherin accepted the Volunteer Award on behalf of the Firm.  Ms. Mascherin is the former Chair of the Project’s Steering Committee and has represented several Death Row inmates on a pro bono basis throughout her career.

In recognizing the Firm’s contributions, Robin M. Maher, Director of the Death Penalty Representation Project, emphasized the Firm’s representation of dozens of prisoners over the years on a pro bono basis and support of the project since its inception.  She also noted that the Firm currently represents two Texas men through the project who are on Death Row and is involved in litigation in several states challenging the constitutionality of execution by lethal injection.

Ms. Maher praised the Firm’s recent efforts in Wiggins v. Smith, the 2003 U.S. Supreme Court decision that reaffirmed the importance of effective assistance of counsel in capital cases.  Partner Donald B. Verrilli, Jr. argued the case before the Court and had led the Firm’s team representing Death Row inmate Kevin Wiggins over many years.

The ABA created the Death Penalty Representation Project in 1986 to raise awareness about the lack of representation available to death row inmates and to recruit competent volunteer attorneys.