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Capital Punishment Committee

The Capital Punishment Committee largely focuses its work on educating the general public and the legal community about issues related to capital punishment through reports, amicus briefs, events, and panel discussions, as well as training lawyers and law students on how to effectively represent death row inmates.

Recent programs organized by the committee have focused on religion and the death penalty, terror management theory and the death penalty, the federal death penalty, and the death penalty in Texas. The committee also organizes a free CLE program every summer designed to train lawyers and law students interested in representing death row inmates in post-conviction proceedings.

Recent Reports

Undoing Time: A Proposal for Compensation for Wrongful Imprisonment of Innocent Individuals (October 2010) ( PDF )
Subject area: Wrongful convictions

Statement to the Obama Administration’s transition team regarding application of the federal death penalty (December 2008) ( PDF )
Subject area: Capital Punishment

Letter to Senator Schumer expressing opposition to S. 1088 which would remove to a very substantial extent the federal courts' ability to grant relief when presented with meritorious federal habeas corpus petitions ( PDF )
Subject area: Habeas Corpus

For the full list of committee reports click here

Of Interest

Habeas Training CLE materials, July 11, 2012