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Jordan Steiker, Judge Robert M Parker Endowed Chair in Law and codirector of the Capital Punishment Center.

Jordan Steiker analyzes Supreme Court’s decision in McQuiggin v. Perkins for SCOTUSBlog

Jordan Steiker, Judge Robert M. Parker Chair in Law and codirector of the Law School’s Capital Punishment Center, has written an analysis of the Supreme Court’s opinion in McQuiggin v. Perkins, which was published May 28, 2013.


Capital Punishment Clinic wins new sentencing trial for client

Finding that a pre-1991 Texas death sentence had been imposed in violation of the Eighth Amendment, the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals issued a brief per curiam opinion on March 27, 2013, vacating the death sentence of Marlin Nelson. Nelson was represented in his appeal by University of Texas School of Law Professors Rob Owen and Jordan Steiker, assisted by the students of the Law School’s Capital Punishment Clinic.


Capital Punishment Center to host symposium on “Mass Incarceration and the Death Penalty,” March 22–23, 2013

On March 22–23, 2013, the Capital Punishment Center at the University of Texas School of Law will sponsor a symposium on “Mass Incarceration and the Death Penalty.” Presentations will explore the possible connections between two current and much-discussed criminal justice phenomena: the United States’s disproportionately high rate of incarceration and its status as the only Western democracy that retains the death penalty.


Law School symposium to address lynching and the death penalty, March 23-24, 2012

“Lynching and the Death Penalty” will be held at the University of Texas School of Law on Friday and Saturday, March 23-24, 2012 in the Eidman Courtroom. The symposium will bring together leading scholars and advocates to explore the historical link between lynching and the death penalty, their similarities and differences, and the enduring role of lynching and race discrimination in contemporary capital litigation.


Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist Ray Bonner to discuss recent book, Anatomy of Injustice, March 5, 2012

Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist Ray Bonner will discuss his recent book, Anatomy of Injustice, at the University of Texas School of Law on March 5, 2012, from 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. in TNH 3.142. Bonner’s book recounts the efforts of Diana Holt, ’94, who represented a young mentally disabled man, Edward Lee Elmore, who had been convicted of murdering an elderly woman in Greenwood, South Carolina, in 1982.


Jordan Steiker, Judge Robert M Parker Endowed Chair in Law

Professor Jordan Steiker in The New Republic discusses prospects for judicial abolition of the death penalty in the wake of Davis execution

Professor Jordan Steiker, Judge Robert M Parker Endowed Chair in Law and codirector of the Capital Punishment Center, and his sister, Carol Steiker, of Harvard Law School, have written an article in The New Republic arguing that opponents of the death penalty might be closer to reaching their goal of abolition than many think.


Supreme Court decides Switzer v. Skinner in favor of Capital Punishment Clinic client

The Supreme Court has issued its decision in Skinner v. Switzer in favor of Hank Skinner, who is represented by the Law School’s Capital Punishment Clinic.


Capital Punishment Clinic Director Rob Owen appears before U.S. Supreme Court for Skinner v. Switzer

Clinical Professor Rob Owen, director of the the University of Texas School of Law’s Capital Punishment Clinic, will argue before the the Supreme Court of the United States today, Oct. 13, 2010.


Capital Punishment Clinic Wins New Penalty Trial for Client

The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals issued an opinion on Wednesday, April 28, 2010, vacating the death sentence of Roy G. Smith. Smith was represented in his appeal by University of Texas School of Law Professors Rob Owen and Jordan Steiker, assisted by the students of the Law School’s Capital Punishment Clinic.