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September 2008 , Page 60 

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Defending the Rights of the Accused: Heeney Award Winner Jeffrey Fisher

By Quintin Chatman

Law professor Jeffrey L. Fisher said it was a big surprise when he won the Heeney Award at the Annual Meeting in Milwaukee on Aug. 2. Based on the deafening cheers and applause that erupted after the announcement, it is safe to say everyone in the room believed the right person had been chosen.

The Robert C. Heeney Memorial Award, named in honor of NACDL’s 18th president, is given annually to the criminal defense attorney who best exemplifies the goals and values of the Association.

Fisher, a professor at Stanford Law School, has argued several notable cases before the U.S. Supreme Court. He was counsel of record and argued Blakely v. Washington and Crawford v. Washington. The Court held in Blakely that the Sixth Amendment right to a jury trial applies to sentencing guidelines. Where the admission of testimonial statements is at issue, Crawford held that only actual confrontation of the witness satisfies the Constitution.

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