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December 24, 2006|By [Jennifer McMenamin]

A. Stephen Hut Jr.

OCCUPATION

Hut is a partner at WilmerHale law firm in Washington, vice chairman of its litigation department and co-chairman of its pro bono and community service committee.

IN THE NEWS

He has led the legal team of death row inmate Vernon L. Evans Jr., whose appeal generated a ruling last week by Maryland's highest court. The Court of Appeals denied Evans' request for a new trial and sentencing hearing but ordered a halt to executions in the state, ruling unanimously that procedures for putting prisoners to death were never submitted for the public review required by law.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

Hut clerked for a federal appellate judge in New York from 1972 to 1973 before joining Wilmer Cutler and Pickering, a 35-person firm in the nation's capital. Now known as WilmerHale, the firm has grown to include 1,100 attorneys with offices in 13 cities. Primarily a federal litigator, Hut helped successfully challenge the federal ban on some abortions in New York and handled lawsuits on behalf of the Trans-Alaska Pipeline Liability Fund after oil spills. The Evans case is the first capital litigation he has tackled.

PERSONAL

Hut, 60, lives in Chevy Chase with his wife of 38 years. They have three grown children. A native of Scarsdale, N.Y., he graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 1968 and Harvard Law School in 1972.

PHILOSOPHY

"The work that I've been privileged to do is very important to me and, I hope, to my clients, and the impact I have, especially on those close to me - like my wife and kids - is very important. But I try to not be self-important or to take myself too seriously."

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