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
- 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
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