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August 24, 2017

Why Does Dewey Bozella “Stand Tall”?

Looking for a good read for the last long weekend of the summer? Check out Stand Tall: Fighting for My Life, Inside and Outside the Ring by Dewey Bozella, who was wrongfully imprisoned for 26 years until he was freed with the help of pro bono counsel from Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr*† and the Innocence Project.

From 1983 until 2009, Bozella was incarcerated in Sing Sing Correctional Facility for the murder of a 92 year-old woman in upstate New York. His memoir, Stand Tall, details his path to freedom through his perseverance, dedication, and resilience.  Bozella’s story from his childhood to his love of boxing takes the reader on an uplifting tale of an underdog’s journey to prove his innocence and take back the life he thought he had lost. In 2011, he was honored by ESPN with the Arthur Ashe Award for his courage to never stop fighting.

If you would like to learn more about Bozella’s story, listen to his speech at the 2011 PBI Annual Dinner. We are grateful for his inspiring presence and an unforgettable evening. Interested in attending the 2017 PBI Annual Dinner next month? The dinner will be held on Thursday, September 28th at Gotham Hall in New York City. Please contact Kelly Simon for more information.

* denotes a Law Firm Pro Bono Challenge® Signatory

† denotes a Law Firm Pro Bono Project® Member

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