March 1st is the International Death Penalty Abolition Day called on the anniversary of the abolition of the death penalty in Michigan in the 19th century. Michigan was the first jurisdiction in the "Modern World" to abolish the death penalty. We are calling on law student groups across the nation to hold events on this day to show their support of the abolitionist movement. Possible ideas for individual events are rallies, speakers, showing films or videos about the death penalty, or holding marches.
STUDENT DAY AGAINST THE
DEATH PENALTY MARCH 1st 2002
The National Lawyers Guild is holding a Law Student Abolition Day on March 1, 2001.
A SUMMARY OF EVENTS NATIONWIDE:
Cardozo School of Law:
The Public Interest Law Students Association/ Cardozo Chapter of the Guild is setting up an informational table in the 3rd floor student lounge at the law school's 55 5th Avenue location all day on Friday, March 1st. We will be distributing materials from the National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty the Center for Constitutional Rights, the Death Penalty Information Center, Murder Victims Families for Reconciliation, Amnesty International USA Program to Abolish the Death Penalty, and the American Bar Association's report calling for a moratorium.
Cardozo School of Law
55 5th Avenue
New York, NY 10003
University of New Mexico:
A time for Repeal?
A Panel Discussion on the Death Penalty in New Mexico
Sponsored by UNMSOL Student Chapters of the NLG and ACLU
Featuring Bob Schwartz, columnist, former DA and mayoral candidate; Tom Rutledge, Carlsbad DA, prosecuted Terry Clark case; Randi McGinn,criminal defense attorney and repeal activists; Trienah Gorman, NM Public Defender, Capital crimes unit; and Father Robert Keller, UNM Aquinas Newman Center. New Mexico completed its first execution in 41 years on Nov. 6, 2001. The State's resumption of the use of capital punishment comes at a time when an increasing number of voices in New Mexico are raising concerns about the Death Penalty.
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University of Arizona:
We are holding our day in conjunction with the International Death Penalty Abolition Day on March 1st. We we will be doing it instead on Feb. 28th, as few people are on campus on Fridays. We have created a 20 foot hand-written banner with all the names of those executed since 1976 on it. Our day will be informational as we will be "littering" the campus with botched execution stories, statistics and the like. We are passing around moratorium petitions and petitions to be sent the the Arizona Legislature in support of two bills calls for the repeal of the death penalty for those under 18. Lastly, we are handing out black solidarity ribbons to show support.
University of Wisconsin:
We are marking March 1 by hosting Milwaukee County District Attorney E. Michael McCann. He speaks out against the death penalty in a passionate and forceful way. He has written a law review article: Opposing Capital Punishment: A Prosecutor's Perspective", 79 Marquette Law Review, p. 649
The program is open to all students, faculty and staff of the law school. The UW-NLG student chapter will provide lunch.
We will have a display in the commons area of the law school including facts on the death penalty, suggested websites for more information, the names of those scheduled to be executed this semester and information on our law school's Innocence Project which freed Christopher Ochoa from death row last year.
Lou Ann Bohn
Coordinator, National Lawyers Guild
University of Wisconsin Law School Chapter
Brooklyn Law School:
ABOLITION DAY: A LOOK AT THE DEATH PENALTY AND WHAT STUDENTS CAN DO
TUES. MARCH 5TH AT 7 P.M.
IN THE STUDENT LOUNGE (just off the front lobby at 250 Joralemon)
HEAR THE STORY OF AN INNOCENT MAN WHOM THE STATE TRIED TO KILL AND TWO MEN WHO FIGHT TO PROTECT THE RIGHTS OF THE CONDEMNED
The speakers will include:
WILLIAM NIEVES Mr. Nieves was convicted and sentenced to death in Philadelphia in 1994, eventually gained a retrial and was acquitted in 2000.
ROBERT BRETT DUNHAM Mr. Dunham currently is an attorney at the Federal Court Division, Defender Association of Philadelphia, Capital Habeas Corpus Unit and the director of the Pennsylvania Capital Representation Project
ARNOLD LEVINE Mr. Levine is an experienced trial attorney with the Legal Aid Society Criminal Division in Manhattan where he has worked for many years. In his spare time, Mr. Levine has committed himself to pro bono legal work by taking on the difficult task of representing Alabama death row inmates in post-conviction proceedings.
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University of California, Hastings:
The student chapter of the NLG at the University of California, Hastings College of the Law is hosting a panel of three speakers on March 4 at 3:40PM. The lead speaker is Steven Shatz, a Professor at the University of San Francisco Law School, whose argument is that California felony murder application is unconstitutional. We invited other student organizations to lend their names as cosponsors. Thus far, Amnesty International and the Black Law Students Association will place their names alongside ours.
OTHER CAMPUSES HOSTING EVENTS:
New College of California School of Law
University of Miami School of Law
University of Iowa
New York Law School
University of Texas
University of Tennessee
Albany School of Law
University of Washington
Franklin Pierce Law Center