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Imprisoned by the Past: The enduring role of race in the American Death Penalty

Capital Defense Lawyering and Practice A Celebration of the 20th Anniversary of the Capital Punishment Clinic at UT School of Law

Eidman Courtroom, UT Law School
April 16, 2009 10:15 to 5:15 p.m.

Symposium Program

10:15 Welcoming Remarks
10:30–12:00

Panel I - Race Discrimination in Capital Jury Selection

  • Melynda Price, Visiting Scholar, Capital Punishment Center, University of Texas School of Law; Assistant Professor, University of Kentucky College of Law
  • Joseph E. Lambert, Chief Justice (ret.), Supreme Court of Kentucky
  • Steve McGonigle, Reporter, The Dallas Morning News
  • Elisabeth Semel, Clinical Professor and Director, Death Penalty Clinic, UC Berkeley School of Law
12:15–1:45

Keynote Lunch - "Confronting Injustice: Race, Poverty and Psychic Harm", Bryan Stevenson, Executive Director of the Equal Justice Initiative of Alabama, and Recipient of a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship

Charles I. Francis Auditorium, Room 2.114, UT School of Law (pizza and drinks provided)

  • Keynote Sponsored by American Constitution Society

2:00–3:30 Panel II - Reflections on Race, Culture and the Death Penalty
  • Jordan Steiker, Professor and Co-Director, Capital Punishment Center, University of Texas School of Law
  • George Kendall, Senior Counsel, Holland & Knight
  • Melynda Price, Visiting Scholar, Capital Punishment Center, University of Texas School of Law; Assistant Professor, University of Kentucky College of Law
3:45–5:15 Panel III - Innovative Litigation of Race Issues in Capital Trials
Presented by: Capital Punishment Center
Co-sponsored by: William Wayne Justice Center for Public Interest Law

For more information please contact Rob Owen at rowen@law.utexas.edu, 512.232.9391.