Robert E. Heideck, executive partner at Pepper Hamilton LLP, accepts the Hero of Justice Award from Richard Glazer, executive director of the Pennsylvania Innocence Project.
Pepper Hamilton LLP was presented with the Hero of Justice Award from the Pennsylvania Innocence Project at the organization’s third anniversary celebration, held on May 23 at the Power Plant in Old City Philadelphia.
Pepper Hamilton was honored for its high level of support of the Pennsylvania Innocence Project and for the numerous contributions of many lawyers and staff to its creation, management, operations and special events. David Richman is a co-founder and president of the Project and Joseph A. Sullivan, special counsel and director of pro bono programs at Pepper, is a board member and chairs the Project’s communications committee. Other Pepper lawyers who have provided significant assistance to the Project include Nicole J. Aiken, Brian A. Berkley, Lydia M. Furst, Thomas M. Gallagher, Hannah Dowd McPhelin, Michelle M. Moersfelder and William M. Taylor. Their efforts include the representation of innocence claimants; screening of innocence claims; corporate and tax counseling; legislative advocacy; advocacy in support of amendments to the Rules of Professional Conduct strengthening prosecutorial accountability; and co-authorship of an amicus brief in the Pennsylvania Supreme Court advocating the admissibility of expert testimony on the factors that lead to mistaken eyewitness identifications.
The event focused on the serious role that science plays in forwarding the Project’s mission. Highlights included an aerialist performance by Airplay Entertainment; fortune telling, handwriting analysis and fingerprint scans; a silent auction; wine tasting courtesy of Moore Brothers Wine Company; and demonstrations and catering by Charcoal.
About The Pennsylvania Innocence Project
The Pennsylvania Innocence Project has as its four-fold mission to: (1) secure the exoneration, release from imprisonment, and restoration to society of the convicted innocent; (2) prevent innocent people from being convicted and wrongdoers from escaping justice by advocating the adoption of best practices by police, prosecutors and courts; (3) provide clinical training and experience to students in the fields of law, journalism, criminal justice and forensic science; and (4) make the criminal justice system more reliable and effective by educating lawyers and the public at large about the need for, and availability of, evidence-based reforms. The Project is hosted by Temple University’s Beasley School of Law and trains law students from Temple, Villanova, Drexel and Penn.
About Pepper Hamilton
Pepper Hamilton LLP is a multi-practice law firm with more than 500 lawyers nationally. The firm provides corporate, litigation and regulatory legal services to leading businesses, governmental entities, nonprofit organizations and individuals throughout the nation and the world. The firm was founded in 1890.