Willkie and Bloomberg Collaborate on Clemency Initiative

December 12, 2016

The project addresses the large number of federal prisoners who, if sentenced today under current sentencing laws and policies, would likely have received a substantially lower sentence for their nonviolent crimes.

Beginning in January 2014, President Obama and the Department of Justice launched a clemency initiative to address the large number of federal prisoners who, if sentenced today under current sentencing laws and policies, would likely have received a substantially lower sentence for their nonviolent crimes. In response, a number of organizations, including the ACLU, Families Against Mandatory Minimums, and the American Bar Association formed Clemency Project 2014.

Through Clemency Project 2014, Willkie attorneys in Washington, Houston and New York have been working with attorneys and staff from Bloomberg on 15 different clemency petitions. Eleven of those have been submitted to the Office of the Pardon Attorney. The remainder will be filed within the next few weeks.

The Willkie attorneys handling clemency petitions are partners Jeffrey Clark, Amelia Cottrell, Jeffrey Korn, Benjamin McCallen and Robert Meyer; counsel Richard Jackson and Miriam Bishop; and associates David Aaronson, Timothy Andree, Arthur Biller, Monique Boyce, Alison J. Brown, Daniel Bumpus, Casey Donnelly, Sarah Geiger, Andrew English, Catherine Fata, Brendan Forbes, P. Maxwell Griffith, James Hahn, Katherine Doty Hanniford, Stephanie Klock, Annise Maguire, Mirela Missova, Matthew Pei, Christina Perpignano, Meredith Ruggles, Neesa Sood and Ann Weber.