October 24, 2016
Weil has been recognized by the Cyrus R. Vance Center for International Justice for its special report on solitary confinement, undertaken on behalf of the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Torture. The Firm was honored at an awards ceremony at the Celebration of International Pro Bono Excellence hosted by the Vance Center on October 19, 2016 at the New York City Bar Association.
Weil co-authored the study in collaboration with the Vance Center on the laws, policies and practices of solitary confinement in 35 jurisdictions around the word. The report provides comparative analysis of different aspects of the practice of solitary confinement, including: its purpose and authorization; challenges and appeals concerning, and limitations on, its use; and accommodations, access to the outside world, and use of physical restraints.
Partner Eric Ordway led the Weil team, which included associates Glenda Bleiberg, Athene Chanter, Imaan Gangi, Erika Kaneko, Yuijing Liu, Naomi Prashker, Ryne Saxe, Leslie Smith, Alexandria Swette and Shujie Zhang, and staff members John Haigh, Michael Dietrich, Brenna Ferris, James Kite, Katarzyna Prus and Christian Swindells.