Ballard Spahr Denver office managing partner Steve Suflas and associate Matthew Thornton represented Milton Kemp, a Georgia man who was sentenced to 23 years in prison for selling 3.3 grams of crack cocaine. Kemp was included in the 214 prisoners granted clemency by President Barack Obama Aug. 3. That group also included two other Ballard Spahr pro bono clients.

The Ballard Spahr attorneys got involved in the case through Clemency Project 2014, a group of lawyers and advocates launched after Deputy Attorney General James Cole asked the legal profession to provide pro bono assistance to federal prisoners who would likely have received a shorter sentence if they had been sentenced today.

A second Ballard Spahr client granted clemency was represented by Philadelphia lawyers Frank Chernak and Elanor Mulhern. The third client is represented by lawyers Barbara Beckman and Melissa Margulies, client service and professional development counsel, also in Philadelphia.

Marjorie Peerce, a white collar criminal defense lawyer in the New York office who has been lauded for her years of service on Clemency Project 2014, guided their efforts and helped prepare submissions, according to a release from Ballard Spahr.