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Capital Punishment Stories:
Perspectives and Retrospectives on Landmark Death Penalty Cases

Eidman Courtroom, UT Law School

November 2, 2007, 1:15– 4:45 p.m.
with reception following

November 3, 2007, 9:00– 12:15 p.m.

The conference featured presentations about landmark death penalty cases by authors of the forthcoming book, Capital Punishment Stories, to be published by Foundation Press in 2008. The sessions provided illuminating details about the events that culminated in these famous cases and offered perspectives on the ultimate significance of the decisions. Panelists included leading scholars and practitioners in the capital punishment field.

Program: Friday, November 2
  • Welcome — 1:15 p.m.
  • Panel 1 — 1:20 to 3:00 p.m.
    Fundamental Challenges to the Constitutionality of the Death Penalty
    • Furman v. Georgia Carol Steiker
    • Gregg v. Georgia Hugo Bedau
    • McKleskey v. Kemp David C. Baldus*
  • Panel 2 — 3:15 to 4:45 p.m.
    Individualization, Proportionality, and Victim Impact
    • Payne v. Tennessee Robert C. Owen (for Austin Sarat)
    • Penry v. Lynaugh Jordan Steiker
  • Reception (Jamail Pavilion) 4:45 to 6:00 p.m.

Program: Saturday, November 3
  • Panel 3 — 9:00 to 10:30 a.m.
    Is Death Different: Heightened Reliability in the Modern Era?
    • Bell v. Cone, Burdine v. Johnson David Dow
    • Simmons v. South Carolina David Bruck
    • House v. Bell Joseph Hoffman
  • Panel 4 — 10:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
    The Moment of Execution
    • Louisiana ex rel. Francis v. Resweber Deborah Denno
    • Gilmore v. Utah John Blume
    • Panetti v. Quarterman Jim Marcus (for James Ellis)

*Chapter co-authors John Boger, Charles Pulaski and George Woodworth

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For more information please contact:

Professor Jordan Steiker, Co-Director
Capital Punishment Center
The University of Texas School of Law
727 East Dean Keeton St.
Austin, Texas 78705
(512) 232-1346