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The Norman Redlich Capital Defense Distinguished Service and Pro Bono Awards

The New York City Bar Association’s Capital Punishment Committee will present the Norman Redlich Capital Defense Distinguished Service and Pro Bono Awards at its annual habeas corpus training program to those who have shown excellence in the representation of death-row inmates or in advocating for the abolition of the death penalty.

The Capital Defense Distinguished Service Award will be given to a practitioner in New York who has demonstrated outstanding lifetime commitment to capital defense work, whether as counsel for a capital defendant or as an advocate for reform.  The Pro Bono Award will be given to a practitioner, team of practitioners, or law firm in New York that has made a substantial contribution to representing one or more death-row inmates or to the abolition of the death penalty within our criminal justice system on a pro bono basis.

These awards seek to honor Dean Redlich’s legacy by recognizing those members of the New York bar who emulate his life-long dedication to challenging the death penalty.  Previous recipients of the awards include Kevin Doyle (Distinguished Service) and David Herrington (Pro Bono).

Letters of nomination for these awards should be submitted to John Howley (jhowley[at]johnhowleyesq.com) on or before May 17, 2013.  The letter should include the name, address, phone number, and e-mail address of the nominee and nominator.  It should also state whether the nominee is being proposed for the Capital Defense Distinguished Service Award or Pro Bono Award and should provide a detailed description of the basis for the nomination.

Applications will be reviewed by a three-member panel of the Capital Punishment Committee, consisting of John Howley, Elizabeth Kostrzewa, and Kate McMahon.  The panel will make recommendations for the awards to the full Capital Punishment Committee, which will vote for the award winners.

Recipients of the award will be announced at the annual habeas corpus training program hosted by the New York City Bar Association on Monday, July 15, 2013.  Recipients and their nominators will be contacted on or before June 14, 2013.

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