George Kendall, counsel at Squire Sanders, has received the John Paul Stevens Guiding Hand of Counsel Award, presented by the American Bar Association’s Death Penalty Representation Project.

Established in 2011, the award recognizes Kendall’s commitment to providing legal services to death row inmates. As head of Squire Sanders’ Public Service Initiative, Kendall manages a team of lawyers who dedicate the majority of their time to pro bono work, including capital cases.

The initiative’s recent successes include a victory at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit involving a claim of deliberate indifference to medical needs of an inmate; a U.S. Supreme Court victory regarding juvenile life-without-parole cases; and a victory in a Texas case where the state agreed in a particular case to abandon the death penalty in lieu of a life sentence.

“Justice Stevens long believed that indigents facing severe sanctions require the guiding hand of able counsel,” Kendall said in a statement. “Given the complexity of both capital punishment and habeas corpus law, it is essential that our country’s large law firms help provide such needed representation.”