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December 2016 , Page 16 

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The Commutation Legacy of President Barack Obama: Reflections on Clemency Project 2014 —The Legal Profession’s Response to a Call for Help

By Norman L. Reimer

Official White House Photo by Pete Souza
President Barack Obama and White House Counsel Neil Eggleston (far right) meet for lunch with formerly incarcerated individuals who have received commutations, at Busboys and Poets in Washington, D.C., March 30, 2016.

This edition of The Champion will be in the hands of its readers right around the time that the sun sets on the presidency of Barack H. Obama. As this barrier-breaking president departs office, now begins the long and evolving process by which historians will render the judgment that will define his legacy. The passage of time and unfolding events will provide the context that will shape that judgment. As with all presidents, some decisions will prove to have been visionary, and some of his policies will endure. Others, however, will not fare as well. But I can confidently predict that at least one decision, one policy, and one single action will endure as a beacon of hope and a noble example of a leader standing up for

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