Foundation for Improvement of Justice Paul H. Chapman Award 2010
St. Louis Partner Charles Weiss, Counsel Stephen Snodgrass and Associate James Wyrsch have been selected by the Foundation for Improvement of Justice to receive its 2010 Paul H. Chapman Award. The award is in recognition of their work in the pro bono effort that resulted in the 2009 exoneration of Joshua Kezer, a man who served 16 years in prison for a murder he did not commit.
Weiss, Snodgrass and Wyrsch will receive the award at the foundation’s annual awards banquet, set for Sept. 25 at the Four Seasons Hotel in Atlanta, Ga. The foundation gives awards to individuals, programs or organizations within the United States for outstanding and successful accomplishments in the improvement of justice.
The Foundation for Improvement of Justice is a private, nonprofit organization based in Atlanta, Ga., that was created for the purpose of improving local, state and federal systems of justice. Its mission is to recognize innovative and effective works or programs whose efforts have made positive, influential differences in the United States criminal and civil judicial arenas. Paul Chapman, after whom the Paul H. Chapman Award is named, developed the concept for the foundation and its awards. The foundation was established by an endowment of the Chapman family.