Chief executive officer and director of clerking David Barnes will join the judging panel selecting this year’s Amicus Champions of Justice Awards. The winners will be announced on Tuesday 8 December at Amicus’ 2020 Champions of Justice Award & ’40 Years to Freedom’ panel event.
The event will celebrate the law firms and individual volunteers who work pro bono with Amicus to ensure justice in the USA death penalty system. The annual Amicus Champions of Justice Awards, announced at the event, recognise and honour the outstanding contributions to justice made by individuals and legal teams this year.
40 Years To Freedom marks the release of Bobby Moore earlier this year after 40 years on Texas Death Row, and highlights the nature of the work of Amicus lawyers and volunteers. The event will kick off with a live panel, whose members will be presenting their personal and legal stories spanning 30 years of fighting for justice through the courts, up to the Supreme Court of the United States (twice). Supported by many teams of dedicated pro bono lawyers over the years, the panel will discuss what this seminal case meant to the people involved on the frontline and to Bobby himself.
David is joined on the judging panel by Professor Robin Maher, a former director of the ABA Death Penalty Representation Project and now a professor at George Washington University, David Bentley QC, a highly-regarded criminal defence specialist involved in cases of potential miscarriages of justice and referrals from the Criminal Cases Review Commission, and Professor Carolyn Hoyle, director of the Death Penalty Research Unit at Oxford University and a leading academic in capital punishment research.
For more information and to book a place, go to the Amicus website.