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March 15, 2001

Scholars and Other Experts to Discuss Death Penalty Issues at CUA


Twenty of the nation’s eminent scholars and other experts on the death penalty will gather at Catholic University’s Columbus School of Law March 29 and 30 for a conference examining the moral, legal and societal implications of capital punishment.


“The Morality of the Death Penalty: The Challenge for Law, Society and Religion” will be held in the law school’s William J. Byron, S.J., Auditorium. The program, which is co-sponsored by the law school’s Interdisciplinary Program in Law and Religion and the CUA School of Religious Studies, begins Thursday, March 29, at 8 a.m. and concludes Friday, March 30, at 6:30 p.m.


Conference participants include a number of noted scholars and national figures in the death penalty debate who will speak on domestic and international views of capital punishment throughout history and today. Judge John T. Noonan, U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit, Cardinal Avery Dulles, S.J., and Harvard University’s Randall Kennedy are among the speakers who represent a broad range of interests and institutions including the Catholic Church, NAACP, New York State Capital Defender Office and a host of law, theology, philosophy, sociology and biomedical ethics scholars. (Click here for a list of speakers and topics.)


Lawrence C. Marshall, legal director of the Center on Wrongful Convictions and professor of law at Northwestern Law School, will deliver the keynote address at dinner on March 29.  Professor Marshall is known for his representation of several individuals who were exonerated after having at one time been sentenced to death. 


INFORMATION: For more information and registration, visit http://www.law.edu, or call 202-319-6081 or e-mail Dedoulis@law.edu.


MEDIA NOTE: To attend the conference or arrange an interview, photo or video opportunity, contact Frank Grosso at 202-319-5491 or Victor Nakas at 202-319-5600.





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