Mark MacDougall Honored with ABA Guiding Hand of Counsel Award for Pro Bono Death Penalty Work

(Washington, D.C.) – In a ceremony in Washington, D.C., on September 11, Akin Gump litigation partner Mark MacDougall was honored by the American Bar Association Death Penalty Representation Project with its 2014 John Paul Stevens Guiding Hand of Counsel Award.  He received the award, now in its fourth year, “for his unique commitment to providing outstanding legal representation in capital cases in South Carolina.”

For more than a decade, Mark MacDougall has provided pro bono trial representation to indigent defendants facing the death penalty in South Carolina, fighting—and winning—for these clients in full jury trials.  He will participate in his seventh capital case in South Carolina in November 2014.  In addition to this service on behalf of these defendants, he has also included, and thereby trained, a generation of Akin Gump associates in capital defense, trial and pro bono work.  Due to these efforts, he was named to the Akin Gump Pro Bono Hall of Fame in July 2014.

The Death Penalty Representation Project focuses on improving the quality and availability of legal representation for persons facing possible death sentences. The Guiding Hand of Counsel Award recognizes an individual lawyer “who has demonstrated the kind of courage and commitment” the Project associates with Justice Stevens.

To read the ABA’s coverage of the ceremony as well as excerpted remarks from Mark MacDougall, please click here.

To read a profile from The American Lawyer of Mark MacDougall’s pro bono death penalty trial work, please click here.