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October 16, 2007

Capital Punishment Center to host review of landmark death penalty cases, November 2–3

UT Law’s Capital Punishment Center will present “Capital Punishment Stories,” a conference featuring presentations about landmark death penalty cases, on Friday November 2 and Saturday November 3, 2007.

The conference sessions will provide illuminating details about the events that culminated in the famous cases and offer perspectives on the ultimate significance of the decisions. Papers from the conference will be published in the forthcoming book, Capital Punishment Stories (Blume & J. Steiker, eds), by Foundation Press in its Law Stories Series.

The participants include leading scholars and practitioners in the capital punishment field. On Friday afternoon, in a panel entitled “Fundamental Challenges to the Constitutionality of the Death Penalty,” David C. Baldus will discuss McKleskey v. Kemp, Hugo Bedau will discuss Gregg v. Georgia, and Carol Steiker will discuss Furman v. Georgia. The following panel, “Individualization, Proportionality, and Victim Impact,” will include Robert C. Owen (for Austin Sarat) on Payne v. Tennessee and Jordan Steiker on Penry v. Lynaugh.

The program on Saturday morning includes “Is Death Different: Heightened Reliability in the Modern Era?” with David Dow discussing Bell v. Cone and Burdine v. Johnson, David Bruck discussing Simmons v. South Carolina, and Joseph Hoffman discussing House v. Bell. The final panel, “The Moment of Execution,” includes Deborah Denno on Louisiana ex rel. Francis v. Resweber, John Blume on Gilmore v. Utah, and Jim Marcus (for James Ellis) on Panetti v. Quarterman.

The conference will begin at 1:15 p.m. on Friday, November 2, and recommence at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, November 3. All of the conference events will take place in the Law School’s Eidman Courtroom. A reception in the Jamail Pavilion will follow the Friday afternoon panels. The conference is co-presented by the William Wayne Justice Center for Public Interest Law.

Related links:

“Capital Punishment Stories” Conference website:

Capital Punishment Center:

Foundation Press Law Stories Series:

William Wayne Justice Center for Public Interest Law:

Program contact: Jordan Steiker, 512-232-1346,

Media contact: Kirston Fortune, Assistant Dean for Communications, (512) 471.7330 or