WASHINGTON, August 15, 2006—King & Spalding, a leading international law firm, is being honored by the American Bar Association (ABA) for its work on behalf of death row inmates. The firm will receive the inaugural ABA Death Penalty Representation Volunteer Award at ceremonies in Washington, D.C., in October, marking the 20th anniversary of the establishment of the ABA’s death penalty representation project.
King & Spalding has worked on more than a dozen pro bono death penalty cases, including a 2005 federal habeas corpus proceeding in which the Texas Court of Appeals for the first time reversed a lower court’s decision on post-conviction DNA testing.
The ABA created its death penalty representation project in 1986. Since then, more than 100 major law firms have been involved as volunteer counsel for capital post-conviction cases. The project’s goals are to better inform the bar and the public about the lack of representation for death row inmates, recruit volunteer attorneys and offer training and assistance in order to assure that all inmates facing death sentences are represented at all stages of their legal proceedings.
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