Murphy & McGonigle Honored by Interfaith Action for Human Rights for Pro Bono Work

September 17, 2020

Murphy & McGonigle has been honored by the Interfaith Action for Human Rights (IAHR) for the pro bono legal services of Shareholder Lionel Andre, a member of White Collar Defense, Investigations & Compliance Counseling Practice on behalf of at-risk, incarcerated prisoners.

The firm was recognized on Sept. 9 at the IAHR’s 2nd Annual “Human Rights at the Prison Door Reimagining Criminal Justice in the United States” virtual event.  Mr. Andre has been assisting an inmate at Sussex State Prison in Waverly, VA who is serving a 21-year sentence secure a compassionate release to home confinement because the risks associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. The inmate has significant pre-existing conditions, including sickle cell anemia, that make him highly vulnerable should he contract the virus.

“We applaud Lionel’s commitment to serving under-represented communities during this challenging time,” said James Murphy, Chairman of Murphy & McGonigle.  “His determination to achieve justice for incarcerated individuals is in the best traditions of our profession.”

Mr. Andre has also recruited partners at major law firms to assist other prisoners with sickle cell disease secure compassionate release from correction facilities because of the pandemic.

“In this extreme situation, it is vital that special consideration and accommodation be made to ensure the safety of these individuals,” said Mr. Andre, a former Assistant U.S. Attorney in the U.S. Department of Justice.

Interfaith Action for Human Rights represents people of faith who live in Virginia, the District of Columbia, and Maryland. IAHR’s mission is to end policies that promote torture in our society and to counter bigotry directed against vulnerable populations.