• May 5 - 6, 2006

From Lynch Mobs to the Killing State: Race & The Death Penalty in America

  • Ames Courtroom, Austin Hall, Harvard Law School, Cambridge, MA 02138

In conjunction with the release of From Lynch Mobs to the Killing State: Race & The Death Penalty in America (Charles J. Ogletree, Jr. & Austin Sarat, ed., New York University Press, Forthcoming 2006), this conference will examine many aspects of the death penalty, including wrongful convictions, racial disparities, the significance of DNA evidence, and developing moratoriums on the death penalty, among others. Additionally, we have invited a number of the individuals who were wrongfully convicted in capital and non-capital cases, and debut excerpts from recent documentaries on the death penalty.

Among the confirmed panelists/speakers are:

  • David Baldus, Joe B. Tye Professor of Law, The University of Iowa College of Law
  • William J. Bowers, Principal Research Scientist, College of Criminal Justice, Northeastern University
  • Stephen B. Bright, President & Senior Counsel, Southern Center for Human Rights
  • Daniel T. Carter, Educational Foundation Professor, University of South Carolina
  • Dr. Rubin “Hurricane” Carter, Founder, Innocence International
  • Benjamin Fleury-Steiner, Associate Professor, University of Delaware
  • Randy A. Hertz, Professor of Clinical Law, New York University School of Law
  • Timothy V. Kaufman-Osborn, Baker Ferguson Professor of Politics and Leadership, Whitman College
  • George H. Kendall, Senior Counsel, Holland & Knight LLP
  • Mona Lynch, Associate Professor, Justice Studies Department, San Jose State University
  • Andrea D. Lyon, Director, Center for Justice in Capital Cases, DePaul College of Law
  • Thomas A. Mesereau, Jr., Partner, Mesereau & Yu LLP
  • David M. Oshinsky, Professor of American History, University of Texas at Austin
  • Glenn Pierce, Acting Director of the Institute for Security and Public Policy and Principal Research Scientist for the College of Criminal Justice, Northeastern University
  • Michael L. Radelet, Professor and Chair, Department of Sociology, University of Colorado
  • Austin Sarat, William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Jurisprudence and Political Science, Amherst College
  • Carol Steiker, Professor of Law, Harvard Law School
  • Ronald J. Tabak, Special Counsel, Skadden Arps LLP
  • George C. Wright, President, Prairie View A&M University

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