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Symposium Program:

All events take place in the Eidman Courtroom

Friday, March 23
12:30 - 12:45 Welcoming Remarks
12:45 - 1:15 Keynote: Bryan Stevenson, Lynching, Racial History and Death Penalty Disqualification
1:30 - 3:15 Panel One: Lynching, a General Historical Perspective
  Summary: This panel will discuss the practice of lynching in the United States during the late 19th and early 20th centuries, including its social and political significance, its role in maintaining racial caste, and its connection to other practices (including criminal punishment).
  • Philip Dray, NewYork University, Institute for the Humanities
  • Grace Hale, University of Virginia, Departments of History and American Studies
  • Amy Louise Wood, Illinois State University, Department of History
  • George C. Wright, Prairie View A&M University

Moderator: David Oshinsky, University of Texas, Department of History

3:30 - 5:00 Panel Two: The Relationship between Lynching and the Death Penalty during the Lynching Era
  Summary: Thispanel will focus on the relationship between lynching and capital punishment during the era of active lynching, including the similarities/dissimilarities of those practices, the extent to which capital punishment and lynching served as "substitutes" for each other, and the connection between lynching reform movements and criminal justice policies.
  • Carol Steiker, Harvard Law School
  • Jordan Steiker, University of Texas School of Law
  • Margaret Vandiver, University of Memphis, Criminology and Criminal Justice

Moderator: Cary Franklin, University of Texas School of Law

Saturday, March 24
8:45 - 10:15 Panel Three: Lynching’s Legacy and Contemporary Capital Practice
  Summary: This panel will discuss the extent to which contemporary capital punishment is influenced by, understood through, or reflective of the practice of American lynching.
  • David Oshinsky, University of Texas, Department of History
  • Rob Owen, University of Texas School of Law
  • Frank Zimring, University of California Berkeley, School of Law

Moderator: Justin Driver, University of Texas School of Law

10:45 - 12:00 Panel Four: Lynching and Contemporary Litigation
  Summary: This panel will examine the continuing role of race discrimination in general and lynching in particular on contemporary American criminal justice, focusing on  the significance of past lynchingpractices - as an integral part of community histories of racism - in contemporary capital litigation.
  • Maurie Levin, University of Texas School of Law
  • Bryan Stevenson, Executive Director, Equal Justice Initiative
  • Christina Swarns, Director, Criminal Justice Project, NAACP Legal Defense Fund

Moderator: Jim Marcus, University of Texas School of Law

Symposium registration and general contact:

The conference is free, but space is limited. To register for the conference and for additional information, contact Rachel Sidopulos, Center Administrator, William Wayne Justice Center for Public Interest Law, at, (512) 232-6277 (phone).

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Chicano/Hispanic Law Students' Association
Texas Journal on Civil Liberties and Civil Rights
The Thurgood Marshall Legal Society