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August 17, 2020 Death Penalty Virtual CLE Series

Valuing Black Lives: A Case for Ending the Death Penalty

Please note that the ABA will seek 1.5 hours of CLE credit in 60 minute states and 1.8 hours of CLE credit in 50 minute states. Credit hours are estimated and are subject to each state's approval and credit rounding rules. Please visit the MCLE website for general information on CLE at the ABA. This CLE is available on-demand for free.

As the nation continues to push back against racial injustice, it is imperative to evaluate all areas of the criminal justice system to discern any traces of racial injustice, discrimination, or prejudice. In this webinar, our panelists will explore the concept of the death penalty on a broader scale, delving into its historical development, including its interplay with post-slavery racism and its present-day effects. Our panelists will also explore more specific elements of the death penalty, such as the relationship between racial disparity and the use of the death penalty, present-day racial justice victories like the resuscitation of the Racial Justice Act in North Carolina and two recent Swain victories (Foster and Gates) when outright blatant discrimination was belatedly uncovered.

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  • Alexis Hoag, Associate Research Scholar in the Faculty of Law and Lecturer in Law, Columbia Law School
  • Ngozi Ndulue, Senior Director of Research and Special Projects, Death Penalty Information Center
  • Mark Pickett, Staff Attorney, The Center for Death Penalty Litigation


  • Henderson Hill, Staff Attorney, Capital Punishment Project, American Civil Liberties Union

Joint Sponsor: ABA Death Penalty Due Process Review Project