Pennsylvania Innocence Project 3rd Anniversary Party – Helix Dancing

Pennsylvania Innocence Project’s (PIP) 3rd Anniversary Celebration was celebrated with a cocktail reception last week at the Power Plant in Old City.

The innocence movement and the Pennsylvania Project have enjoyed a busy, productive year; they have exonerated or have been awarded reduced sentences for over 290 wrongly convicted people based on the advance development of DNA science.
James Giles, Samantha Southal, Denis Lawler and Howard Scher; The Project works to exonerate those convicted of crimes they did not commit and to prevent innocent people from being convicted. Based at Temple University’s Law
School, the Project is working with a small dedicated staff as well as partnering with several prestigious law firms in Pennsylvania; they do not limit themselves to cases in which biological evidence
exists for DNA testing, but they also look at cases in which
questionable forensic evidence or other investigatory issues are

Chermei Wong, Chris Hanson, Mary Creamer and Dan Berman
Joseph Nullmeyer, Ryan Hancock, Jen Sperling, Mike Lee and Jennifer Tobi; PIP is a Pennsylvania non-profit
corporation under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Law
students from Temple University Beasley School of Law, Villanova Law
School, Earle Mack School of Law at Drexel University, and the
University of Pennsylvania, earn credit while working for the Project
investigating applicants’ cases.
If the facts that are uncovered through investigation reveal new facts
that support an innocence claim, the next step is to prepare a petition
for a new trial; most often, this is in Pennsylvania state court using
the Post-Conviction Relief Act (PCRA). Generally, law students will
write the first draft, with either the legal director or the staff
attorney working with them to perfect the filing. Before we file the
PCRA petition in court, we invite a firm to co-counsel with us, pro
bono. If co-counsel has particular concerns or suggestions for the
petition before it is filed, then we all work together to have the
petition in perfect order before filing in court. Once the PCRA
petition is filed, Project lawyers and pro bono counsel share in the
work and responsibility of moving the case forward as quickly as
possible, including meeting with prosecutors to discuss the merits of
the case and a possible disposition.

Doubles Helix was a special aerialist performance by AirPlay Entertainment

At the event they honored Pepper Hamilton LLP (Pepper Executive Partner receiving it is Bob Heideck) with the “Hero of Justice Award” which was presented by Richard Glazer, Esq. Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Innocence Project,

Lacey Soslow, Rob Whitmore and Jen Sperling

Theresa and Jim Figorski , Dechert LLP

Another “Hero of Justice Award” given was given to John Thompson (r), who was saved 
from execution at the hands of the state of Louisiana by Morgan
Lewis& Bockius lawyers J. Gordon Cooney (L) and Michael Banks (who wasn’t present), who
represented him for 23 years. Check out the The Pennsylvania Innocence Project.  
Thanks to event sponsors: 

Hamilton, LLP; Frank and Denise Quattrone Foundation; Kairys, Rudovsky,
Messing & Feinberg LLP; Ballard Spahr LLP; Buchanan Ingersoll &
Rooney PC; Glazer Family Foundation; Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP;
David Richman and Janet Perry; Anthony B. Creamer and Navigant
Consulting, Inc.; Hangley Aronchick Segal Pudlin & Schiller;
Greenberg Traurig LLP; Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP; Joan C.
Mazzotti and Michael C. Kelley; Raynes McCarty; Cornerstone Legal
Consultants; Fox Rothschild LLP; Montgomery McCracken Walker &
Rhoads LLP; DLA Piper US LLP; Glickman-Pivnick Family Foundation;
Kenneth and Susan Kaiserman; Cozen O’Connor; Anne Poulin; Sam Silver;
Joseph A. Sullivan; Rich Myers; Jeff Lindy.