The project also will give awards to Police Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey and JoAnne A. Epps, dean of the Beasley School of Law at Temple University. The organization said it was honoring Ramsey for his leadership in modernizing police investigation and Epps for her "critical role in the forming and ongoing support" for the project.
The ceremony marks the fifth anniversary of the Innocence Project, which operates out of Temple's law school.
One guest will be Eugene Gilyard, who spent 15 years in prison until last year, when a judge overturned his murder conviction and ordered a new trial.
Tasha Jamerson, spokeswoman for District Attorney Seth Williams, said a decision had not been made on whether to pursue a new trial for Gilyard and Lance Felder, who was convicted of murder in the same case.
The appeal for Gilyard and Felder was filed by the Innocence Project.
"When the Pennsylvania Innocence Project took my case, it was like the sun coming out through the rain," Gilyard said in a statement. "I always knew I was innocent, but having them believe in me and work so hard for me changed my life."
Common Pleas Court Judge Rose Marie DeFino-Nastasi called the evidence against Gilyard and Felder "extremely weak" and said that newly discovered evidence might acquit them in the 1995 slaying of businessman Thomas Keal.
But DeFino-Nastasi has said she will reject the petition for Shaurn Thomas, now 40, who was convicted in 1994 for the robbery and murder of Domingo Martinez four years earlier, when Thomas was 16. A ruling is expected in June, and Figorski said he would then appeal that decision.
Marissa B. Bluestine, legal director for the organization, said it was honoring Figorski for going "above and beyond" in his work for Thomas.
"It's important for people to understand how long a road it is to exonerate the innocent, and that it's not as simple as news reports suggest," Bluestine said.
"Jim's dedication to his client and our organization goes beyond a quick fix to being with Shaurn through all the struggles and setbacks without ever losing faith or hope," she said.