About Our Honoree Hogan Lovells
This year's luncheon honors Hogan Lovells with our Light of Justice award. This award recognizes the extraordinary contributions of Hogan Lovells partner Pieter Van Tol, as well as Soo Bin Ahn, Catherine Bratic, Jay Ettinger, Jack Shaked, Chloe Warnberg, and former associate Sydney Rupe.
Van Tol and his team have led multiple lawsuits advocating for humane conditions of confinement for people incarcerated on death rows across the United States.
In January 2023, Hogan Lovells filed a class action lawsuit on behalf of all male individuals incarcerated on death row in Texas, alleging that the conditions under which they have been confined under prison regulations violate their state and federal constitutional rights. As Van Tol said, “The conditions on death row in Texas have been characterized as some of the most brutal death row conditions in the country. The plaintiffs in this case are seeking relief from conditions that have been described as torture.”