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Prominent Pro Bono Appellate Team Joins Squire Sanders

George H. Kendall, Nationally Recognized Death Penalty Defense Lawyer, to Lead Firm’s New Public Service Initiative

14 September 2009



Global law firm Squire, Sanders & Dempsey L.L.P. has launched an innovative program combining pro bono litigation representation, public policy reform and related public education. George H. Kendall, one of the leading death penalty defense trial lawyers in the United States, is the program director.

“This initiative represents a significant expansion of our pro bono activities that reflects Squire Sanders’ continuing commitment to that important area and also brings exceptional talent to our federal appellate practice and the firm’s growing New York office,” said Squire Sanders chair R. Thomas Stanton.

Kendall and initiative associates Samuel Spital, Corrine A. Irish and Carine M. Williams join the firm from Holland & Knight LLP. Noted communications consultant Laura Burstein also joins the firm’s Washington DC office.

Howard J. C. Nicols, who oversees Squire Sanders’ advocacy practice area, said the move is part of the firm’s focus on steadily expanding its litigation practice. Over the past two years, Squire Sanders has doubled the number of trial lawyers in its New York office. Nicols described the public service initiative as a way of doing well by doing good.

“In addition to taking on significant pro bono litigation, George and his team will partner with leaders across the legal spectrum – from lawyers in other major law firms and leading nonprofit trial lawyers, organizations and associations to public law interest offices and prominent law school faculty, as well as members of the US judicial, legislative and executive branches,” Nicols said. “Apart from the immediate substantial enhancement of our pro bono resources, there’s long-term benefit to the firm and its clients from the relationships and experience coming out of these collaborations.”

Kendall said Squire Sanders support for the initiative demonstrates the firm’s commitment to addressing pro bono needs at a national level at a time when pro bono resources are spread thin. “Hard times have not diminished the need for creative and effective pro bono representation, particularly in demanding cases involving major constitutional issues at the state and federal levels,” Kendall said.

About the team:

George H. Kendall is director of the firm’s public service initiative. He has represented clients at the US Supreme Court level for more than 25 years. Over the past 20 years, he has worked to improve indigent defense services in state and federal courts, partnering with the Defender Services Division of the Administrative Office of the US Courts. He currently is working with The Constitution Project on ways to improve discovery in criminal cases. Other contributing partners to those efforts are The Heritage Foundation, The Federalist Society, the Washington Legal Foundation and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.

Samuel Spital has represented indigent prisoners in federal habeas corpus challenges and in civil litigation designed to ensure that the conditions of their confinement satisfy constitutional standards. He also has experience with voting cases, working to protect the equal rights of minorities. He was a clerk for US Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens from 2005 to 2006 and for US Court of Appeals Judge Harry T. Edwards for the District of Columbia Circuit from 2004 until 2005. Spital received his J.D. in 2004 from Harvard Law School and his B.A., magna cum laude, in 2000 from Harvard University.

Corrine A. Irish has substantial experience in the areas of civil rights, death penalty and indigent defense. She clerked for US District Court Judge William G. Young for the District of Massachusetts from 2005 to 2006 and for US Court of Appeals Judge Barrington D. Parker for the Second Circuit from 2006 to 2007. She received her J.D. in 2004 from Harvard Law School and her B.A., cum laude, in 1999 from the University of Pennsylvania.

Carine M. Williams has worked on matters involving death penalty litigation, prison litigation and felon voter disenfranchisement cases. From 2006 to 2008, she clerked for US District Court Judge Deborah A. Batts for the Southern District of New York. She received her J.D. in 2006 from Yale Law School and her B.A., magna cum laude, in 2000 from Harvard University.

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