Bryan Cave’s significant pro bono support of the Clemency Project 2014 was highlighted in the July edition of The American Lawyer. The publication examined the successes and shortcomings of the nationwide project, which seeks to get some drug offenders who had served significant time released from prison. Bryan Cave was featured as a “standout supporter” of the project.
The Clemency Project represents federal inmates seeking early release under an initiative announced by the Obama administration in April 2014. It is a collective effort spearheaded by working groups including representatives of the American Bar Association, the American Civil Liberties Union, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Families Against Mandatory Minimums, and the Federal Public and Community Defenders, assisted by the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. The program offers the possibility of clemency for nonviolent, low-level offenders without ties to gangs or organized crime who have served at least 10 years and behaved well in prison, among other requirements.
More than 4,000 lawyers nationwide have been involved with the Clemency Project since its inception. Bryan Cave has devoted a significant number of pro bono hours to the project, most notably by Senior Counsel Dan Schwartz, Partner Mark Srere and Associate Kristin Robinson, all in DC. Also involved from Bryan Cave are lawyers from around the firm: from Denver, Laura Perlov, Andrew Mohraz, Courtney Warren, Steve Gurr, Linsey Glosier; from Atlanta, Sean Christy, John Bush, Ally Hopson, Jennifer Odom, Ann Ferebee; from New York, Bieta Andemariam, Dan Waxman, Jacquelyn Schell, William Hibsher, Sarah Bloom; from Chicago, Jane Kwak; and from DC, Josh James.
In 2015, Bryan Cave attorneys evaluated the cases of 32 prisoners and submitted executive summaries of their candidacies for commutation to Clemency Project.