2020 Champions of Justice Award & '40 Years to Freedom' panel event

Please join Amicus virtually on Tuesday, 8th December 2020 at 6pm for our annual celebration of the amazing law firms and individual volunteers who work pro bono with us to ensure justice in the USA death penalty system. We will also be announcing the winners of our annual Amicus Champions of Justice Awards, recognising and honouring the outstanding contributions to justice made by individuals and legal teams this year. Nominations are now open! 

40 Years To Freedom marks the release of Bobby Moore earlier this year after 40 years on Texas Death Row, and highlights the nature of the work of our lawyers and volunteers. We will kick off the event with an exciting live panel, whose members will be presenting their deeply personal and legal stories spanning 30 years of fighting for justice through the courts, up to the Supreme Court of the United States (twice). Supported by many teams of dedicated pro bono lawyers over the years, the panel will discuss what this seminal case meant to the people involved on the frontline and to Bobby himself. Not only was Bobby’s life saved and he was finally released, but the case, and the fight, created an instrumental change for those with an intellectual disability facing a death sentence in the USA. Hear these inspirational individual stories which are guaranteed to give you and your firm a pro bono morale boost. 

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Amicus Champions of Justice Awards and '40 years to freedom' panel event, will be a live virtual extravaganza this year

Nominations for the 2020 Champions of Justice Awards are now closed


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Nominees for the 2020 Champions of Justice Awards

Awards Selection Panel 2020

This year, we are honoured that the following distinguished experts have agreed to form the Award Selection Panel:


Professor Robin Maher (Chair)

George Washington University, former Director of the ABA Death Penalty Representation Project and Amicus Patron

David Barnes

Chief Executive of Atkins Chambers and former Chair of the Institute of Barristers’ Clerks

David Bentley QC

Doughty Street Chambers

Professor Carolyn Hoyle

University of Oxford Centre for Criminology and former Centre Director

About the Awards

The first annual Amicus Champions of Justice awards were presented on 7th Nov. 2019 at Bush House in London. On this evening, Amicus recognised the exceptional contributions from one firm and from one individual to Amicus’ work during the year. Nominations were either self-nominations or nominations by a third party.

The 2019 nominated firms and individuals have made significant contributions to Amicus’ work this year, as have the many, many other firms and individuals who were not nominated but who have also worked ceaselessly during 2019 to help the fight for justice on death row.

Without you, our work would not be possible. Thank you. 

Champions of Justice awards 2019


Champion Individual

The recipient of this award in 2019 was Paul Gil. 

Andrew Lee Jones Award

The recipient of this award in 2019 was Luke Varley.

Champion Firm

The recepient of this award in 2019 was Ashurst.

Awards Selection Panel 2019

In 2019, Amicus was honoured that the following distinguished experts agreed to form the Award Selection Panel:


Professor Robin Maher (Chair)

George Washington University, former Director of the ABA Death Penalty Representation Project and Amicus Patron

David Barnes

Chief Executive of Atkins Chambers and former Chair of the Institute of Barristers’ Clerks

David Bentley QC

Doughty Street Chambers

Professor Carolyn Hoyle

University of Oxford Centre for Criminology and former Centre Director

Leslie Thomas QC

Joint Head of Garden Court Chambers



2019 Awards Photo Gallery