WilmerHale Honored With The 2008 NLADA Beacon of Justice Award

WilmerHale Honored With The 2008 NLADA Beacon of Justice Award

On June 11, WilmerHale was presented the National Legal Aid & Defender Association (NLADA) Beacon of Justice Award at the 2008 Exemplar Awards Annual Dinner in Washington, DC. This year’s awards honor only 14 law firms that have demonstrated significant and exemplary commitment to providing pro bono representation to people on death row.

WilmerHale was selected specifically for two significant victories that the firm achieved in its pro bono representation of defendants on death row. In December 2006, the firm represented Vernon Evans, a Maryland death row inmate, when the Maryland Court of Appeals held that the procedures for implementing lethal injection were adopted without complying with the state’s Administrative Procedure Act and indefinitely postponed Vernon Evans’s death.

In August 2006, the firm obtained a victory for Virginia death-row client Darick Walker when the Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, reversing its own prior holding, permitted Walker to go forward with a Brady claim, finding that prosecutors had suppressed statements that would have undermined a key witness's trial testimony.

This is the second time that WilmerHale has been recognized for its pro bono work by the NLADA. In 2007, the firm received the Beacon of Justice Award for its pro bono representation and courageous work on behalf of the detainees at Guantanamo Bay, which continues today.

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