NEW YORK, April 23, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP announced that it will be honored for its long-standing support of the Innocence Project, a national litigation and public policy organization dedicated to exonerating wrongfully convicted individuals through DNA testing and reforming the criminal justice system to prevent future injustice. The Firm will be recognized at the Innocence Project's upcoming gala, "A Celebration of Freedom & Justice," to be held in New York City on April 30.
Fried Frank regularly provides legal advice to Innocence Project staff and serves as co-counsel with the Innocence Project on a number of pro bono matters. The Firm has assisted the Innocence Project in representing individuals claiming actual innocence and seeking post-conviction relief through the submission of amicus curiae briefs on issues such as the flawed science of bite-mark identification and eyewitness misidentification.
Several Fried Frank attorneys individually support the Innocence Project by serving in a number of capacities, including as members of the Lawyers Committee, which is dedicated to supporting the Innocence Project's national policy program to reform the criminal justice system and protect the public against wrongful prosecution and imprisonment and the Young Professionals Committee and, from 2006 to 2011, the Board of Directors.
"Fried Frank deeply values its relationship with the Innocence Project, and is proud to stand with our long-time pro bono partner in its mission to deliver legal services where they are so urgently needed," said Fried Frank Chair Valerie Ford Jacob.
"We are grateful to Fried Frank for its continued support," said Maddy deLone, Executive Director of the Innocence Project. "The commitment and talent that the Fried Frank team brings to each case has been of extraordinary benefit to the Innocence Project as well as the individuals who have been exonerated."
The Innocence Project's seventh annual benefit gala will take place at the Grand Hyatt New York. Fried Frank will be honored along with Tony Goldwyn, who directed the 2011 feature film Conviction and currently stars in the television hit Scandal, and Jack Taylor, a founding Innocence Project board member and head of the Global Real Estate Finance Group at Prudential.
About Fried Frank
Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP is a leading international law firm. From offices strategically located in the world's principal financial centers in the US, Europe and Asia, Fried Frank's client base includes many of the markets' most influential players, from multinational Fortune 500 companies, to leading financial institutions and investment firms, to entrepreneurial companies across all sectors. Fried Frank is proud to work with individuals and organizations across a wide spectrum of pro bono areas including immigration, civil rights, community development, education, domestic violence, criminal defense, employment and labor, intellectual property and tax, among others. Visit www.friedfrank.com for more information.
About The Innocence Project
The Innocence Project, which is affiliated with Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law at Yeshiva University, is a national litigation and public policy organization dedicated to exonerating wrongfully convicted people through DNA testing and reforming the criminal justice system to prevent future injustice. To date, the Innocence Project has represented or assisted in the representation of 170 of the 305 people who have been exonerated nationwide through DNA testing, and dozens of states have implemented critical reforms to prevent wrongful. Visit www.innocenceproject.org for more information.
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