UT Law School Symposium Apr 9-10: The Direction of Legislative Change and the Prospects for Legislative Abolition of the Death Penalty

From the Courthouse to the Statehouse
Date:    Friday, April 9, 2010 & Saturday, April 10, 2010
Location:        Eidman Courtroom @ UT Law
Description:     From the Courthouse to the Statehouse: Politics Reshapes Capital Punishment
Audience:        Alumni, Faculty, Staff, Students, Prospective students, Public
Sponsor:         William Wayne Justice Center
The American Death Penalty in the 21st Century:
The Direction of Legislative Change and the Prospects for Legislative Abolition
EIDMAN COURTROOM
UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS SCHOOL OF LAW
April 9-10, 2010
Friday April 9th
10:15 — 10:30 Welcoming Remarks
        Dean Larry Sager, UT School of Law
        Jordan Steiker, Professor, UT School of Law
10:30 — 12:00: National Perspective on Recent Developments
        Shari Silberstein, Executive Director, Equal Justice USA
        Dick Dieter, Executive Director, Death Penalty Information Center
        Diann Rust-Tierney, Executive Director, National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty
        Moderator: Maurie Levin, UT School of Law
12:00 — 1:30: Lunch
1:30 — 3:00: Abolition Achieved : The Experiences in New Mexico, New Jersey, & New York
        Shari Silberstein, Executive Director, Equal Justice USA
        Viki Elkey, Director, New Mexico Coalition to Repeal the Death Penalty
        Jonathan Gradess , Executive Director, New York State Defender’s Association
        Moderator: Jordan Steiker, UT School of Law
3:15 — 4:30: Study and Reform of the Death Penalty: Maryland & California
        Dick Dieter, Executive Director, Death Penalty Information Center
        Amy Fusting — Program Director, Maryland Citizens Against State Executions
        Gerald Uelman, Dean, Santa Clara School of Law
        Moderator: Jim Marcus, UT School of Law
Saturday April 10th
8:30 — 9:45: Reintroduction, Expansion and Administration of the Death Penalty: Georgia, Virginia & Massachusetts
        Chris Adams, Law Office of Chris Adams, Atlanta, Georgia
        Beth Panilaitis, Executive Director, Virginians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty
        Renny Cushing, New Hampshire House of Representatives; Executive Director, Murder Victims’ Families for Human Rights
        Moderator: Rob Owen, UT School of Law
9:45 — 11:00 Abolition Contested: The Experiences in Colorado, Kansas & New Hampshire
        Michael Radelet, Professor, University of Colorado at Boulder
        Donna Schneweis, State Death Penalty Abolition Coordinator, Amnesty International
        Renny Cushing, New Hampshire House of Representatives; Executive Director, Murder Victims’ Families for Human Rights
        Moderator: Jordan Steiker, UT School of Law
11:00 — 12:15: Reform to Redress Race Discrimination: The experience in North Carolina
        Rob Owen, Professor, UT School of Law
        Ken Rose, Senior Attorney, Center for Death Penalty Litigation
        Larry Womble, State Representative, North Carolina      
        Moderator:       Maurie Levin, UT School of Law

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