BGL team hears moving stories from exonerees and celebrates advocates for the wrongfully convicted at the annual Mid-Atlantic Innocence Project’s Annual Awards Luncheon.

A Brown, Goldstein & Levy team attended the Mid-Atlantic Innocence Project’s (MAIP) 14th Annual Awards Luncheon on June 28, where they heard moving stories from exonerees and celebrated the individuals and organizations advocating for justice for the wrongfully convicted across the region.

Attorney Neel Lalchandani, who is a MAIP board member, attended the event along with attorneys Michael Abrams, Jason Harary, Lauren Kelleher and social worker Maya Campbell. MAIP is a non-profit organization working to prevent and correct the conviction of innocent people in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, D.C.

This year’s event was centered on storytelling. Ransom Watkins and David Boyce, both of whom were exonerated from prison after MAIP helped prove their innocence, shared their stories at the event. Mr. Watkins is a part of the Harlem Park Three, three men who each served 36 years in prison for a murder they did not commit after homicide detectives coerced false testimony. BGL is proud to represent all three men in their fight for justice.

Awardees included Jason Flom, Jeff Kempler, and their network, Lava for Good. Mr. Flom, who is a founding board member of the Innocence Project, recently spoke to Lauren and BGL client and exoneree Clarence Jones about the injustice Mr. Jones and his family suffered and their ongoing fight for accountability on the Lava for Good Wrongful Conviction podcast. Listen to the episode here.

BGL has proudly supported MAIP in previous organization events. In June 2022, BGL served as a sponsor for the organization’s 13th Annual Awards Luncheon, which recognized MAIP’s decades-long advocacy on behalf of exonerees.

BGL has a long history of advocating and obtaining significant verdicts and settlements for clients who were arrested without probable cause or who were convicted for crimes they did not commit. We represent exonerees in court throughout their wrongful conviction cases and assist exonerees with their reentry into society. We connect exonerees with necessary services – such as employment opportunities, mental health treatment, and compensation from state agencies separate from their civil rights lawsuits. Read more about our commitment to Maryland’s exonerees here.

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