NLG Organizes Law Student Day Against the Death Penalty

Local Law Students Host Debate, Discussions

March 1st marks the NLG's annual Law Student Day Against the Death Penalty. Events are planned throughout the nation. Locally, students at the University of San Francisco School of Law will host a debate between Elizabeth Zitrin of Amensty International and Kent Schneidegger of the California Justice Legal Foundation. New College School of Law students are hosting a panel discussion with speakers from Death Penalty Focus and the California Appellate Project.

Details are below:

University of San Francisco
Wednesday, Feb. 28

12:25-1:30, Kendrick Hall Room 100
Death Penalty debate between Elizabeth Zitrin (Amnesty International) and Kent Scheidegger (California Justice Legal Foundation); moderated by Dean Jeffrey Brand.

5-6:30 p.m., Kendrick Hall, Room TBA
Screening After Innocence, a Documentary about Barry Scheck's Innocence Project, which uses DNA technology to exonerate falsely accused prisoners, and the lives of people exonerated because of the Innocence Project.

New College
Thursday, March 1

1-2 p.m., 50 Fell Street, Room 310
Discussion and Q&A with panelists from Death Penalty Focus and the California Appellate Project.

Golden Gate University School of Law
Thursday, March 1

4:30-5:30 p.m., Room 3201 at GGU
Aundre Herron: attorney at the California Appellate Project, Member of the board of directors at Death Penalty Focus.
Sarah Chester: member of Critical Resistance, the National Lawyers Guild and current attorney at the California Appellate Project.

Students are calling for the abolition of the death penalty in what is proving to be an extraordinary year in death penalty related news. Capital punishment has fallen under strict scrutiny in the past year:

  • In December, federal Judge Jeremy Fogel found California's executions through lethal injection unconstitutional. Officials have until May to present a new procedure.

  • The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals granted a hearing to Kevin Cooper, an innocent man on California death row who came within hours of execution in 2004.

  • U.S. death sentences are now at an historic 30-year low, and nationally executions have sharply declined.

The National Lawyers Guild, an organization of attorneys, law students, legal workers and jailhouse lawyers, is part of the growing national and international movement opposing the death penalty in the United States. Founded in 1937 as the first racially integrated bar organization, the NLG today comprises over 200 chapters and committees using the law in the service of the people.