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2011 Symposium
"Perspectives on the Death Penalty: Comparative Solutions from the Classroom to the Courtroom"

Friday, November 11, 2011
8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
University of Minnesota Law School
Walter F. Mondale Hall, Lockhart Hall (Room 25)

4.75 General CLE Credits and 1 Elimination of Bias Credit
have been approved

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Cost: $25 for Attorneys (and all others outside the University of Minnesota)
Free and No Registration Required for Students, Faculty, and Staff



7:15-8:00 Breakfast & Sign-In
8:00-8:15 Introduction
Robin M. Maher, Director, ABA Death Penalty Representation Project
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Keynote Address: "Changing Efforts to Reform American Capital Punishment: An Historical Perspective"
Jordan M. Steiker, Judge Robert M. Parker Endowed Chair in Law, University of Texas School of Law
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Presentation: "Race and the Death Penalty"
Jin Hee Lee, Assistant Counsel of the Criminal Justice Program, NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund
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Panel: "Due Process Concerns in Death Penalty Litigation"

  • Jury Instructions for the Finding of Mitigation: Mills v. Maryland and Smith v. Spisak
    Judith L. Ritter, Professor of Law and Director of the Criminal Defense Clinic, Widener Law School, Co-Counsel for Mumia Abu-Jamal
  • The Illinois Experience: Changes over Time in Death Penalty Sentencing
    Andrea D. Lyon, Professor of Law and Director, Center for Justice in Capital Cases, DePaul University College of Law
  • Civil Rights Trials for Exonerees
    Charles J. Lloyd, Livgard & Lloyd, PLLP
  • Peter Thompson, Adjunct Professor, University of Minnesota Law School, Retired Criminal Defense Lawyer (Moderator)
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11:30-12:30 Lunch in Auerbach Commons


Panel: "How Volunteer Law Firm Lawyers Ensure Justice for Death Row Inmates"

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Presentation: "Eyewitness Identification Evidence and Reform"
Nancy K. Steblay, Professor of Psychology, Augsburg College
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Closing Commentary: "Reform & Abolition in Illinois"
Robert Warden, Professor, Executive Director of the Center on Wrongful Convictions, Northwestern University Law School
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3:30-5:00 Reception in Auerbach Commons
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For more information on this symposium, please contact: Lead Symposium Editor Britt Johnson at brittelsajohnson@yahoo.com