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The New York City Bar Association presented its Norman Redlich Capital Defense Distinguished Service and Pro Bono Awards on July 14th. James S. Liebman, a litigator and scholar who has worked to abolish the death penalty and to prevent the execution of numerous prisoners sentenced to death, received the Distinguished Service Award, and Kaye Scholer LLP, which has advocated for death-row inmates since the early 1990s, received the Pro Bono Award. Representing Kaye Scholer was Lori B. Leskin.

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The New York City Bar Association’s Capital Punishment Committee has honored Eleanor Jackson Piel with its Norman Redlich Capital Defense Lifetime Achievement Award, and James W. B. Benkard with its Norman Redlich Capital Defense Pro Bono Award. In a ceremony at the City Bar on July 15, 2013, Piel was honored for her career, principally in solo practice, as a civil rights, criminal defense and capital defense attorney. She was the first chair of what is now known as the … Continue reading

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On Monday, the City Bar’s Cyrus R. Vance Center for International Justice presented its Access to Justice Awards to former City Bar President Michael A. Cooper and Fundación Pro Bono of Chile. I had the pleasure of presenting the award to Mike, who has been a mentor and friend from the time I was a junior associate at Sullivan & Cromwell. The day after that, I was proud to represent the City Bar and the City Bar Justice Center by testifying at Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman’s Hearing on Civil Legal Services at the First Department. Continue reading

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