The American Bar Association’s annual Lawyer as Problem Solver Award recognizes lawyers and groups who find creative solutions to complex problems. Innocence Project Co-Director Barry Scheck will accept the award today on behalf of the organization at a ceremony in California. From the Bar Association’s announcement:
Collectively, these diverse activities go far beyond the limited focus of lawyer as adversarial courtroom advocate (which the Project also does superbly). The approach provides an excellent example of zealous advocacy addressing the totality of clients' interests, including moral, social, economic, and political, in addition to legal. Through this innovative advocacy, the Project targets and achieves empowerment and recognition for its clients — as well as freedom.