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School of Law Discusses Pro Bono Work

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Western New England University School of Law hosted Chris Jensen, managing partner at the NYC law firm of Cowan, Liebowitz, & Latman, on January 25. Jensen’s talk, titled “A Story- Saving a Life,” discussed his famous pro bono case in which he helped Edward Lee Elmore by not only releasing him from death row but in helping him to become a free man.

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In 2011, the 4th Circuit vacated Elmore’s convictions finding that his trial counsel provided constitutionally ineffective assistance during the guilt phase of Elmore’s capital trial. Subsequently, South Carolina prosecutors offered Elmore an Alford plea in which he was sentenced to time served and released, after serving 30 years in prison for a crime he did not commit. Other big name clients in Jensen’s portfolio include Jim Henson of the Muppets and Estee Lauder.

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Jensen’s talk coincided with the launch of the School of Law’s new pro bono requirement which states that students must perform 20 hours of pro bono work over a three year period in order to graduate. The requirement has also been extended to the faculty of Western New England University.

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