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Honorees

Hero of Justice Award

Each year, the Pennsylvania Innocence Project presents its Hero of Justice Award to an individual who has shown sustained commitment to achieving criminal justice for all. Because the work we do involves instances where the criminal justice system has catastrophically failed, we recognize those who strive to improve the system to meet our ultimate goal: that no innocent person be arrested or convicted of a crime they did not commit.

2018
Stewart Greenleaf
Senator

2016
Kenneth Thompson
District Attorney of Brooklyn, NY

2015
Barbara Haldeman

Charles Haldeman

2014
Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey
Philadelphia Police Department

2013
Denise Foderaro
The Quattrone Center for the Fair Administration of Justice at the University of Pennsylvania Law School

2012
John Thompson
Exoneree

Pepper & Hamilton LLP

2011
Ellen McBennet
Defender Association of Philadelphia

Karl Schwartz
Defender Association of Philadelphia

Gordon Cooney
Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP

Michael Banks
Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP

Maureen Rowley Award

Maureen Rowley served as the Chief Defender for the Federal Community Defender Office for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. Throughout her career, she fought tirelessly for all indigent defendants and to give voice to the voiceless. On her passing, friends said, “Maureen Rowley’s career in law has been based upon an unyielding and successful commitment to extend the highest quality representation to those who are too often ignored by the legal profession, the abused, the indigent criminal defendant and the outcast.” In her honor, the Pennsylvania Innocence Project recognizes an attorney who has similarly devoted their career to pursuing justice.

2016
Bradley Bridge
Defender Association of Philadelphia

2015
Chief Defender Ellen Greenlee
Defender Association of Philadelphia

2014
Dean JoAnne Epps
Temple University Beasley School of Law

2013
Charlotte Whitmore
Former PAIP staff attorney

Edward D. Ohlbaum Volunteer Award

Eddie Ohlbaum was a beloved professor and legal advocate, and an early supporter of the Pennsylvania Innocence Project’s work. An expert on evidence, an advocate for the American justice system, a defender of children’s rights and the wrongly convicted, Eddie’s zeal for justice and fairness never dimmed. We honor Eddie with an award recognizing outstanding work by our Project pro bono partners because of Eddie’s commitment to pro bono service, and his belief that giving back to his community was part of being a lawyer.

2016
Katelyn Matscherz
Jones Day Law Firm

Jeffrey Bresch
Jones Day Law Firm

2015
Joshua Snyder
Boni & Zack LLC

2014
James Figorski
Dechert LLP