Tonkon Torp Attorneys Join the Ramos Project
In April 2020, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down non-unanimous jury convictions in criminal cases in Ramos v. Louisiana. Overnight, more than 260 cases in Oregon became eligible to seek post-conviction relief for unconstitutional non-unanimous convictions. Professor Aliza Kaplan, Director of the Criminal Justice Reform Clinic (CJRC) at Lewis & Clark Law School, developed the Ramos Project as a statewide pro-bono initiative providing legal assistance to those seeking redress. Eager to assist in the effort, Tonkon Torp litigation attorneys took on seven Ramos cases and three related clemency cases in 2020.