The non-profit legal clinic known as the Innocence Project, founded by Barry Scheck and Peter Neufeld in 1992 at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law at Yeshiva University, has inspired and informed a network of 66 Innocence Projects today spanning the U.S. and the globe. The Northern California Innocence Project’s (NCIP) Fifth Annual Freedom for All Dinner last evening in San Jose highlighted this successful model. Winning post-conviction reversals of wrongful convictions requires dedication, persistent hard work, and the leadership of Innocence Projects’ lawyers, staff, and law students, combined with important support from many others.
The NCIP utilizes its annual Justice For All Dinner to celebrate hard-won victories, raise critical financial resources, and recognize their partners in the pursuit of justice. Among last evening’s recognized colleagues…
The 2012 Justice Award was awarded to Bay area attorneys Dennis Riordan, Donald Horgan, John Philipsborn and Michael Burt, who represented the West Memphis Three on their appeals.
The 2012 Pro Bono Award went to the law firm of Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP, for years of dedicated work and contributed resources on behalf of the wrongfully convicted.
The 2012 Freedom Award was presented to NCIP client Obie Anthony III, who was freed after wrongful conviction and 17 years in prison. Anthony represented all exonerees, who must have the will to support the often long process of post-conviction efforts.
Special Recognition went to Frank Quattrone for his leadership and guidance as NCIP Advisory Board Chair over the past five years