Monday, March 19, 2007
The University of Miami School of Law is holding a symposium on the twentieth anniversary of McCleskey v. Kemp, where a panel of distinguished legal scholars, including Professor David Baldus, will explore the legacy of the McCleskey decision and whether it ultimately created an impenetrable barrier to the use of statistics in the context of the death penalty. The symposium will also discuss the social, historical and statistical connection between race and the death penalty; the problem of unconscious racism will also be a central focus.
The symposium will feature:
- Professor David C Baldus: Author of the Baldus study presented to the Supreme Court in McCleskey v. Kemp
- Professor Stephen B. Bright: Former Director of the Southern Center for Human Rights
- Christina Swarns: Director of the Criminal Justice Project of the NAACP Legal Defense & Education Fund, Inc.Professor
- Donald M. Jones:A Professor at the University of Miami School of Law and a Leading Legal Scholar in the Area of Civil Rights [Mark Godsey]