Washington D.C., May 20, 2010 – Miller & Chevalier Chartered today announced that Barry J. Pollack, a Member in the firm's Litigation Department, has been named incoming President of the Board of the Mid-Atlantic Innocence Project (MAIP).
The Mid-Atlantic Innocence Project is a non-profit organization dedicated to correcting and preventing wrongful convictions in the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia. Through a 19-member Board of Directors, a staff of four, and a wide network of lawyer and student volunteers, MAIP works to identify those in the region who have been wrongfully convicted. The organization then provides them with pro bono investigative and legal assistance so they can obtain their freedom.
Pollack is an active board member of the MAIP. He was selected as a recipient of the 2009 MAIP Defender of Innocence Award and a 2008 Gideon Champion of Justice Award from the New York State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. These awards honored the outstanding efforts of Pollack and his co-counsel in their pro bono representation of Martin Tankleff, a Long Island man who was convicted of killing his parents as a teenager. Based on the work of Mr. Tankleff’s pro bono team, developing and presenting to the court new evidence of Tankleff’s innocence, Tankleff was released from prison in December 2007. A special prosecutor investigated the case and agreed to dismiss all charges against Mr. Tankleff. Tankleff served more than 17 years for crimes he did not commit. In 2009, Pollack represented Fernando Bermudez, a man who had been convicted of a murder outside a Manhattan nightclub. Based on evidence presented by Pollack and a team of pro bono lawyers, the court found that Bermudez was innocent of the murder, released him from prison and dismissed the charges against him. Bermudez served 18 years for a crime he did not commit.
Pollack is a Member in Miller & Chevalier’s White Collar and Internal Investigations Group. He represents individuals and corporations in criminal investigations and trials and in other government enforcement matters, such as Securities and Exchange Commission proceedings. As a former certified public accountant, a substantial focus of his practice is the litigation of complex financial matters. Pollack is a Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers.
Pollack earned a B.S. from Indiana University, and a J.D. from the Georgetown University Law Center.
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Barry J. Pollack, Litigation Department, Miller & Chevalier 202-626-5830
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