Correcting and Preventing Wrongful Convictions in D.C., Maryland and Virginia.

Sponsor MAIP’s Seventh Annual Awards Luncheon

The Mid-Atlantic Innocence Project is pleased to announce that our Seventh Annual Awards Luncheon will honor Jennifer Thompson, a rape victim who misidentified her rapist and has spent the past 15 years advocating to prevent and correct wrongful convictions. In addition, MAIP will be honoring the legal teams from Hogan Lovell US LLP, Miller & Chevalier, and Steptoe & Johnson LLP that have helped MAIP have its most successful year ever. Our luncheon will be held at the Mandarin Oriental on July 16, 2014, and we hope you will join us to celebrate the efforts of Ms. Thompson and these incredible legal teams.

Ms. Thompson, the co-author of the New York Times Bestseller Picking Cotton, was raped as a college student and identified Ronald Cotton as her attacker. Eleven years after his conviction, DNA testing proved that she was wrong and that another man actually had raped her. Rather than hiding from her tragic mistake, Ms. Thompson apologized to Mr. Cotton and, since 2001, has been telling her story all over the country as she advocates for criminal justice reforms, particularly in the areas of eyewitness identification, compensation for the wrongfully convicted, and the death penalty. As a direct result of her advocacy, states and municipalities around the country have taken a new look at how they approach eyewitness identifications and either voluntarily or by statute adopted reforms that have improved eyewitness identification procedures and are preventing wrongful convictions every day. She also works with victims in other wrongful conviction cases, serving as an informal counselor at all hours of the day and night. She has done the vast majority of this work without pay, because she believes it is the right thing to do.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014
Mandarin Oriental
1330 Maryland Ave. SW
Washington, D.C. 20024

12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Check in from 11:15 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.

We are also thrilled to honor the pro bono legal teams that have, since shortly before last year’s luncheon, helped MAIP secure the freedom of three men: Sabein Burgess, Jerry Jenkins and Johnathan Montgomery. While MAIP’s legal staff does excellent work, those clients would not have been freed without the incredible pro bono work of our co-counsel in those cases: Jon Talotta, Adam Aft, Erica Knievel-Songer and Marques Richardson at Hogan; Jim Bensfield and Jonathan Kossak at Miller & Chevalier; and Roger Yoerges, Jessica Rothschild and Brigid Kelly at Steptoe.

Please join us in honoring the tireless of efforts of Ms. Thompson and our co-counsel, as well as the strength of our other innocent clients by sponsoring MAIP’s 2014 Luncheon. As a non-profit organization with a small staff and limited budget, your support is vital for MAIP to continue to assist the countless men and women in D.C., Maryland, and Virginia who have been wrongfully convicted, and to prevent future miscarriages of justice.
To sponsor this event, please choose from the options below. Checks may be sent to:

The Mid-Atlantic Innocence Project
at the George Washington School of Law
2000 H St. NW
Washington, DC 20052

For sponsorships of up to $10,000, you may also pay via PayPal:

Sponsorship Options

Voice of Courage – $25,000: Sponsors will receive a full table (10 tickets) at a prime location, logo recognition on the back cover of the event’s program; logo signage recognition on sponsored table; logo acknowledgement in the invitation; logo placement on screen during the event; and year-long premier recognition on MAIP’s website.  Sponsors will also be recognized in on-screen looping of ad as guests arrive/depart the event;  will have an opportunity to  air a 60-second video during the event; will have an opportunity to display their product or service at the event; and will receive verbal acknowledgement during the event.

The Decade Society – $10,000: Sponsors will receive a full table (10 tickets); logo recognition on the back cover of the event’s program; logo signage recognition on sponsored table; logo acknowledgement in the invitation; logo placement on screen during the event; and year-long premier recognition on MAIP’s website.  Sponsors will also be recognized in on-screen looping of ad as guests arrive/depart the event;  will have an opportunity to display their product or service at the event; and will receive verbal acknowledgement during the event.

Champion of Justice – $5,000: Champions will receive a full table (10 tickets); name recognition on the program book back page; name on signage at your sponsored table; name recognition on screen during the event; name recognition on the invitation; name recognition on event signage; and year-long recognition on MAIP’s website.  Champions will also be recognized in on-screen looping of ad as guests arrive/depart the event and will receive verbal acknowledgement during the event.

Defender of Innocence – $3,000: Defenders will receive 5 tickets; name recognition on the program book back page; name recognition on screen during the event; and name recognition on event signage.  Defenders will also be recognized in on-screen looping of ad as guests arrive/depart the event.

Advocate – $1,500: Advocates will receive 2 tickets and name recognition on screen during the event.

Individual Tickets – $150
Public Interest Rate – $100

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Additionally, if you would like to donate a different amount or are unable to attend the event but would still like to support our cause, please feel free to use the button below:

For questions, please contact Caryn Fiscella at cfiscella@exonerate.org. Thanks for your support, and we look forward to seeing you on July 16!