Ballard Spahr’s prisoner civil rights team will receive the 2013 Alan J. Davis Award for public service today in Baltimore. Timothy F. McCormack will accept the award from firm chair Mark Stewart on behalf of a team of Baltimore lawyers and paralegals representing an inmate who allegedly was repeatedly assaulted by prison guards.
McCormack and more than a dozen other lawyers, paralegals and law students conducted extensive discovery (including reviewing more than 85,000 documents produced by the state), and won a motion for sanctions for the state’s failure to comply with the court’s order to produce relevant e-mails. Many of the allegations in this case have been corroborated by a U.S. Department of Justice investigation into systemic prisoner abuse and destruction of evidence at the prison in question. That case is expected to go to trial in late 2013 or early 2014.
“Tim and his team not only did an outstanding job of representing their client, they also potentially helped even more prisoners,” said Jon M. Laria, Managing Partner of Ballard Spahr’s Baltimore office. “Their dedication is a testament to the firm’s longstanding commitment to providing pro bono services to individuals and organizations in need.”
Named for the late Philadelphia city solicitor and distinguished Ballard Spahr litigator with a passion for public service, the Alan J. Davis Award is a $25,000 cash prize that is donated to charities chosen by the winners. The Baltimore team is being recognized along with lawyers and paralegals from the firm’s San Diego, New Jersey and Washington, D.C., offices who also provided pro bono legal services to ensure the civil rights of prisoners.
McCormack and his team are donating its portion of the award to the Free Minds Book Club & Writing Workshop, a reading and writing program for juveniles charged as adults in the District of Columbia, and New Leash on Life, a program that enables adult offenders to care for and train service dogs while incarcerated.
McCormack, a partner, represents commercial creditors in insolvency actions, particularly those involving distressed real estate, and also advises management on private-sector employment law.
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Ballard Spahr LLP, a national firm with more than 500 attorneys in 13 offices in the United States, provides a range of services in litigation, business and finance, real estate, intellectual property and public finance. The firm is committed to providing legal assistance to those who cannot afford it and each year undertakes a diverse range of pro bono work, including death penalty, voting rights, asylum and immigration, and child advocacy cases. The firm also provides tax, corporate, real estate and labor law assistance to a wide variety of nonprofit organizations.
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