Clemency Project 2014, borne from the efforts of The American Bar Association, the American Civil Liberties Union and three other civil rights groups, has been regarded as the largest pro bono project ever. More than 4,000 lawyers, who include attorneys from more than 70 large firms, as well as solos and smaller firms, have participated. Twenty-two firms in The Am Law 200 listed it as one of their top pro bono projects last year: Ballard Spahr has committed 7,400 hours in the last two years;

There have been 111 people released so far due to Clemency Project 2014.

Marjorie Peerce, a partner at Ballard Spahr who serves on the steering committee of Clemency Project 2014 and whose firm has won three clemency grants, says she's proud of the project's accomplishments. "Every single person who is released from prison gives me great pleasure," says the white-collar defense lawyer. "I applaud the president and the Justice Department for finally realizing that sentencing practices were just insane."


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