Ropes & Gray Pro Bono Team Accepts “Arc of Justice” Award at New England Innocence Project Event
On Dec. 3, The New England Innocence Project presented Ropes & Gray partner Kirsten Mayer and a pro bono Ropes & Gray litigation team with the 2019 ARC OF JUSTICE award at its inaugural Voices of the Innocent: Still We Rise storytelling event in Boston.
Presented for the first time, the ARC OF JUSTICE award recognizes a New England Innocence Project partner who has demonstrated unparalleled commitment, tenacity, and courage to "bend the arc of the moral universe toward justice" for innocent people convicted of crimes they did not commit. The New England Innocence Project celebrates Ropes & Gray as the first recipient of this award for the firm’s partnership in helping to free Gary Cifizzari, an innocent Massachusetts man wrongly convicted for a crime he did not commit, and who was released in July 2019 after serving 35 years in prison.
“I am honored to accept this award on behalf of the entire team who worked to ensure that Mr. Cifizzari was justly released from prison while the Court decides his Motion for New Trial on the basis of newly discovered evidence,” said Ms. Mayer. “The firm is proud to support the critical work carried out by our colleagues at The New England Innocence Project.”
Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly highlighted the award in its “People in the Law” section.