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November 10, 2008

Capital Punishment Center Symposium: Capital Defense Lawyering and Practice, November 13, 2008

The Capital Punishment Center and the William Wayne Justice Center at The University of Texas School of Law will host “Capital Defense Lawyering and Practice” on Thursday, November 13, 2008, from 12:15 to 5:15 p.m. It will be held in the Eidman Courtroom.

The symposium is a celebration of the 20th anniversary of the Capital Punishment Clinic at UT Law. It will open with a special presentation by Stephen Bright, President of the Southern Center for Human Rights and a Visiting Lecturer in Law at Yale Law School, a long-time leader in the human rights and capital defense fields. Other speakers include Judge Patrick Higginbotham, Richard Burr, and Judge Charlie Baird. There will also be two panels: one featuring clinic alumni who have remained involved with capital defense practice, and one reflecting on changes in the capital defense landscape over the last twenty years.

The Law School has long been committed to educating students about capital punishment. Offered every semester since the fall of 1987, the Capital Punishment Clinic provides an opportunity for students to work directly with faculty members on the representation of indigent men and women facing the death penalty in Texas. More than 425 students have engaged in hands-on legal work in capital cases at all levels. The Clinic has successfully litigated numerous cases, including winning victories in four cases in the United States Supreme Court in 2007.

Created in 2006 to increase the Law School’s academic focus on the issue, the Capital Punishment Center brings together scholars, students, and practitioners interested in the death penalty and its administration. The Center is expanding course offerings, and involving faculty and students in conferences, research projects, academic programs, lectures, and capital defense representation.

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Program contact: Eden Harrington, Director of the William Wayne Justice Center for Public Interest Law, UT Law, 512-232-7068,

Media contact: Kirston Fortune, UT Law Communications Office, (512) 471-7330, or