TKO for Pro Bono

Dewey BozellaThe PBEye sends special congratulations to Dewey Bozella on winning his first and only professional boxing match on Saturday.  As we’ve reported on this blog previously, Bozella was an amateur boxer when he as wrongfully convicted of murder and spent 26 years in prison.  He was released in 2008 thanks to the hard work of attorneys at Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale & Dorr LLP*, which took his case pro bono.

Incidentally, Bozella will be our special guest at the 2011 PBI Annual Dinner in New York.  Bozella’s story is truly inspiring and reminds us of the importance of pro bono in closing the justice gap.  We hope that you’ll joins us Nov. 5 at Gotham Hall to hear Bozella speak and to celebrate another year of amazing accomplishments in pro bono.  (Get all the information you need about the Annual Dinner here.)

Below is a trio of stories from ESPN that cover various aspects of Bozella’s journey.

Barack Obama calls Dewey Bozella

Dewey Bozella wins pro boxing debut

Bozella’s relentlessness wins out again

*denotes a Signatory to the Law Firm Pro Bono Challenge®