The award was presented to Larry Hammond in New York on November 18, 2010.
Death Penalty Fairness Advocate Wins 2010 Award
The international law firm of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, LLP and The University of Alabama School of Law announced today that Larry Hammond, founder and chair of the Arizona Justice Project and the creator of the Center for Forensic Science and Public Policy at The American Judicature Society, has been awarded the 2010 Morris Dees Justice Award.
Hammond, the 2010 award recipient, has spent much of his career in public service, including stints clerking for U.S. Supreme Court Justices Hugo L. Black and Lewis F. Powell, Jr.; as an Assistant Special Prosecutor during Watergate; and as Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the Office of Legal Counsel at the Department of Justice.
Hammond is the founder and chair of the Arizona Justice Project, and a member of the Board of the Arizona Capital Representation Project. He also serves as chair of the Criminal Justice Reform Committee of The American Judicature Society (AJS), an organization he served as president from 2003 to 2005.
Hammond is honored for his tireless work to correct systemic injustice in death penalty litigation in the United States, for his representation of defendants in capital cases and for leading efforts to create the AJS Institute for Forensic Science and Public Policy during his presidency of AJS.
A recipient of many local and national awards, Hammond was nominated by a distinguished group that included former U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno and former Dean of Yale Law School Harold Hongju Koh.
About the Award
About Morris Dees
2010 Selection Committee
Judge Bernice B. Donald
Cheryl I. Harris
Bradley S. Phillips
Susan Butler Plum
Steven R. Shapiro
Vaughn C. Williams
Judith A. Winston