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Jason Flom Donation Establishes Senior Litigation Position at the Innocence Project

Posted: May 5, 2011 4:39 pm




Innocence Project Co-Founders Peter Neufeld and Barry Scheck with Board
of Directors Member Jason Flom.

Innocence Project Board of Directors member and President of LAVA Records, Jason Flom, has donated $1 million to the Innocence Project to support a new position in honor of his late father Joseph Flom. 

The new position, to be named The Joseph Flom Special Counsel, will significantly increase the capacity of the Innocence Project to address the causes of wrongful conviction.  Flom announced the new position at the Innocence Project’s annual gala at the Waldorf Astoria last evening. 

"Jason’s contribution will have an impact in law that would be an appropriate tribute to the groundbreaking legal work of his father Joseph Flom and the enormous impact his life has had in advancing justice in the United States," said Innocence Project Co-founder Peter Neufeld.

Joseph Flom, who passed away in February, was a pioneering corporate lawyer and will be remembered as an innovator and groundbreaker who overcame barriers in his work. 

The Joseph Flom Special Counsel will bring impact litigation to set wide-ranging precedents that advance criminal justice reforms.  It will also support the work of lawyers across the country that work to free the innocent with evidence other than DNA. 

"For nearly a decade, the Flom family’s generosity has been vital to the progress the Innocence Project has made in our efforts to free the innocent and bring essential reforms to the criminal justice system," said Innocence Project Co-founder Barry Scheck.