June 01, 2009

Panelists Discuss Death Penalty's Future at the US Supreme Court During 2009 ABA Annual Meeting

At the ABA Annual Meeting in Chicago the Project hosted a program titled “The Future of the Death Penalty in the United States Supreme Court.”  To view a video of this program, please visit our website at www.abanet.org/deathpenalty/events/Annual09. 

A panel of distinguished speakers discussed recent death penalty cases at the US Supreme Court and debated how domestic and international law, popular opinion, innocence, and the changing composition of the Court will affect how death penalty cases are decided in the future.  Among other interesting points, the panelists agreed that Justice Sotomayor’s background as a prosecutor and trial judge will bring an important perspective to the Court. 

Special thanks to our hosts at Sidley Austin LLP and our cosponsors, including the  Chicago Bar Association, the ABA Standing Committee on Legal Aid and  Indigent Defendants, the ABA Section of Individual Rights and Responsibilities,  and the ABA Criminal Justice Section.   

Terri L. Mascherin, Partner, Jenner & Block LLP

Ronald J. Allen, Henry Wigmore Professor of Law at Northwestern University
Paul D. Clement, King & Spalding LLP, Solicitor General of the United States from June 2005-June 2008
Henderson Hill, Ferguson Stein Chambers Gresham & Sumter P.A., Board of Directors of the Center for Death Penalty Litigation
Andrew J. Pincus, Mayer Brown LLP, US Supreme Court Practitioner, Yale Law School US Supreme Court Advocacy Clinic