NACDL/FAMM State Clemency Project 

The Clemency Project partners with the NACDL/FAMM State Clemency Project to represent clemency applicants under New York Governor Cuomo’s clemency initiative.  In 2017, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and FAMM launched the State Clemency Project, deploying core staff and infrastructure to support clemency initiatives focusing on state inmates. The State Clemency Project partners with governors to assist with their executive clemency goals, and develop tailored programs to best accomplish those goals. 

Neighborhood Justice Center 

The Clemency Project partners with staff attorneys at the Neighborhood Justice Center, Inc. (NJC) to represent indigent defendants in sentencing proceedings in Ramsey, Washington and Dakota counties.  The NJC is a non-profit, community-based law office that provides comprehensive and high-quality criminal defense services to assist low-income persons, largely persons of color, in receiving fair treatment in the legal system as well as achieving equitable outcomes and helping prevent future legal problems.

King & Spalding 

The Clemency Project has partnered with King & Spalding to represent inmates seeking “second looks” at their lengthy sentences.  In June 2018, after 18 months of litigation in federal and local courts in D.C., Prof. Murray and Pro Bono King & Spalding partner, Joshua Toll, finally secured release for Derrin Perkins, previously sentenced to life plus 18 years.  King & Spalding is an international law firm with a vibrant pro bono program that represents a broad array of clients, including half of the Fortune Global 100, with 1,000 lawyers in 20 offices in the United States, Europe, the Middle East and Asia. 

Minnesota Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers 

Since 2014, the Clemency Project has partnered with members of the Minnesota Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers to represent clemency applicants in federal cases, and also to represent individual clients in sentencing proceedings.  Of the 35 clemency petitions the Project filed under President Obama’s initiative, two were filed in partnership with local Minnesota defense lawyers.  In addition, eight local lawyers filed ten petitions for Minneosta-based clemency applicants that were screened by the Law School’s Clemency Project.  MACDL is Minnesota’s pre-eminent defense bar association, with more than 350 members statewide.

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