The global legal practice of Squire Sanders is pleased to congratulate its colleague George H. Kendall, this year’s recipient of the John Paul Stevens Guiding Hand of Counsel Award, presented by the American Bar Association’s Death Penalty Representation Project.
The award recognizes Kendall’s exceptional commitment to providing legal services to prisoners on death row. Kendall is the second recipient of the award, which the ABA established in 2011; the first recipient was former U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens, for whom the award is named.
"It is truly humbling to receive this prestigious award,” said Kendall. “Justice Stevens long believed that indigents facing severe sanctions require the guiding hand of able counsel. Given the complexity of both capital punishment and habeas corpus law, it is essential that our country's large law firms help provide such needed representation.”
Kendall leads Squire Sanders’ Public Service Initiative, part of its pro bono effort, and manages a dedicated team of lawyers who devote the majority of their time to pro bono work.
“We congratulate George on this well-deserved and impressive recognition,” said Squire Sanders Chair and Global CEO, James J. Maiwurm. “Our global legal practice is proud to support him and all the lawyers of our Public Service Initiative as they undertake important work, helping to ensure constitutional protections for every American.”
The Public Service Initiative reflects Squire Sanders’ demonstrated commitment to providing pro bono legal services. The Initiative’s efforts include assisting indigent inmates who seek a vindication of innocence, a remedy for purposeful and harmful constitutional violations, including cruel and unusual punishment, relief from wrongful infliction of the death penalty or an enforcement of the right to vote, among others. Lawyers on this special legal team have played a significant role in achieving victories for their pro bono clients before U.S. Appellate Courts and the U.S. Supreme Court. Recent successes include a significant victory in the U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals on a pro bono case involving a claim of deliberate indifference under the Eighth Amendment to the serious medical needs of an inmate, a victory in the U.S. Supreme Court decisions regarding juvenile life-without-parole cases and a victory in the Texas capital case, Texas v. Banks, in which the state has agreed to abandon the death penalty in lieu of a life sentence.