Fall 2014 Allen Chair Symposium: The Death Penalty and Lethal Injection

Overview of the Allen Chair:

The Allen Chair is a prized tradition of the University of Richmond Law Review. Since 1993, the University of Richmond Law Review has published a special issue dedicated to a specific topic each year and held an accompanying symposium also dedicated to the topic. This year’s topic is the “Lethal Injection and the Death Penalty.” The Symposium will be held Friday, October 24, 2014 in the University Richmond School of Law Moot Court Room. There will be three panels: (1) Lethal Injection; (2) The Politics of the Death Penalty; and (3) The Future of the Death Penalty. The accompanying issue will consist of about 10 short essays that discuss creative topic off-shoots, controversial perspectives, and eye-widening insider perspectives.


Date:   Friday, October 24, 2014
Time:   8:30 a.m. – 4:15 p.m.  Reception to follow.
Location:   Moot Court Room, University of Richmond, 28 Westhampton Way, University of Richmond, VA 23173
Cost:   Free
MCLE:  Pending 4.5 (0.0 Ethics)

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October 24 – Symposium Agenda

Coffee and pastries in the atrium                                                                                  8:30 – 9:00AM

Welcome & Keynote Speaker                                                                                       9:00 – 9:45AM

-       Stephen Bright, Professor of Law, Yale

(Break)                                                                                                                        9:45 – 10:00AM

Panel 1: Lethal Injection                                                                                            10:00 – 11:30AM

      Deborah W. Denno, Fordham University School of Law

-       Joel Zivot, Emory University School of Medicine; Medical Director of the Cardiothoracic Intensive Care Unit at Emory University Hospital

-       Eric Berger, University of Nebraska College of Law

-       Frank Green, Richmond Times Dispatch

-       Moderator: Jim Gibson, University of Richmond School of Law

(Lunch)                                                                                                                        11:30 – 1:00PM

Panel 2: The Changing Politics of the Death Penalty                                                   1:00 – 2:30PM

      Mark Earley, former State Senator and Attorney General of Virginia

-       Richard B. Roper, Thompson & Knight

-       Corinna Lain, University of Richmond School of Law

-       Stephen Smith, Notre Dame School of Law

-       Moderator: Henry L. Chambers, Professor of Law, University of Richmond School of Law

(Break)                                                                                                                          2:30 – 2:45PM

Panel 3: The Future of the Death Penalty                                                                     2:45 – 4:15PM

-       John Douglass, University of Richmond School of Law

-       Brandon L. Garrett, University of Virginia School of Law

-       Richard Dieter, Executive Director of the Death Penalty Information Center

-       Moderator: Mary Tate, Professor of Law, University of Richmond School of Law

Conclusion and Reception                                                                                             4:15 – 6:00PM


Directions to the University of Richmond School of Law

Past symposia issues and information regarding the student writing competition are available at www.allenchairsymposium.com.

CLE Reading Materials