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.
In 2019, all of our clients who had been exonerated by the time of the ceremony received the Hero of Justice award.
Stewart Greenleaf, Pennsylvania State Senator
Cozen O’Connor, P.C.
Kenneth Thompson, District Attorney of Brooklyn, NY
Barbara Haldeman, Charles Haldeman
Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey, Philadelphia Police Department
Denise Foderaro, The Quattrone Center for the Fair Administration of Justice at the University of Pennsylvania Law School
John Thompson Exoneree, Pepper & Hamilton LLP
Ellen McBennet Defender Association of Philadelphia
Karl Schwartz, Defender Association of Philadelphia
Gordon Cooney, Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP
Michael Banks, Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP