January 28, 2013 New York Law Journal - Cardozo Law professors Barry Scheck and Peter Neufeld, two of the nation's most prominent civil rights attorneys and the co-founders of the Innocence Project, have received the New York State Bar Association's Gold Medal, the organization's highest honor.


The award, given to individuals who exhibit lifelong excellence in the legal profession and unparalleled civic contributions, was presented by State Bar President Seymour W. James, Jr. on January 26 during the President's Dinner at the conclusion of the organization's 136th Annual Meeting.


"The State Bar Association is pleased to honor Peter Neufeld, Barry Scheck and the Innocence Project. Their groundbreaking work has helped reverse many wrongful convictions and has raised awareness of the systemic procedures and practices that have led to those injustices," said James (The Legal Aid Society in New York City).


In 1992, Scheck and Neufeld founded the Innocence Project at Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law at Yeshiva University. Since then, the Innocence Project has helped free more than 300 wrongfully convicted prisoners, including 18 who had been sentenced to death.