Leonard Sosnov will receive the Philadelphia Bar Association’s Thurgood Marshall Award.

Leonard Sosnov will receive the Philadelphia Bar Association’s Thurgood Marshall Award.

Sosnov, a professor at Widener University Delaware Law School, will receive the honor at an awards ceremony Dec. 16 at the Crystal Tea Room in Philadelphia. The award represents the highest honor given by the association’s Criminal Justice Section.

Sosnov joined the Delaware Law School faculty in 1990. He teaches and writes about criminal law, criminal procedure and evidence. He has extensive litigation experience, including briefing and arguing two cases before the U.S. Supreme Court. Sosnov brought about the release of five people through Centurion Ministries, a nonprofit dedicated to the release of wrongly imprisoned people sentenced to life in prison or death.

Sosnov earned his law degree at Harvard University Law School, then became a clerk in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. He also worked as a staff attorney at the Defender Association of Philadelphia from 1972 until he joined the law school faculty. Sosnov was chief of the association’s Law Reform Unit.