David Richman, of counsel at Pepper Hamilton LLP, will be presented with the PNC Achievement Award by the Philadelphia Bar Association at the Association's Annual Meeting Luncheon on Tuesday, December 8 at the Hyatt at the Bellevue in Philadelphia.
The PNC Achievement Award is presented annually to honorees who have made significant accomplishments in improving the administration of justice.
"David Richman is co-founder of the Pennsylvania Innocence Project and has served as chair since its inception," the Association noted in announcing the honor. "He was appointed lead counsel for a class of prisoners in Harris v. City of Philadelphia, challenging over-crowded prison conditions in 1982. After 18 years, his work led to the closing of Holmesburg Prison and eventually, the opening of new prison facilities."
The nomination of Mr. Richman for the award also noted that he has served on the board of the Defender Association of Philadelphia for 20 years, including his role in the successful representation of the Defender Association against attempts by prosecutors to disqualify its federal court Habeas Corpus Unit from representing defendants in capital cases. Mr. Richman also has served on the board of the the Public Interest Law Center of Philadelphia for 22 years, and has played a significant role in numerous other public interest organizations and pro bono legal matters involving improvements to the justice system.