Take A Look Inside "40 Years After Gregg"
A Recap of the National Death Penalty Conference

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From March 31 to April 2, 2016, the ABA Death Penalty Due Process Review Project and the University of Texas School of Law Capital Punishment Center hosted "40 Years After Gregg: A National Conference on the Death Penalty" in Austin, Texas. 

In 1976, the Supreme Court reinstated the death penalty in the United States in Gregg v. Georgia. In the forty years since that historic decision, the legal landscape has changed significantly, and the use of capital punishment has been the subject of passionate public debate.  As this anniversary presented an important opportunity for reflection, we wanted to host a conference to bring together some of the nation's leading death penalty experts and practitioners to share their diverse perspectives, reflect on the dynamic history of capital punishment in the United States, and discuss the issues impacting the law today.

By facilitating discussions on a range of timely topics, "40 Years After Gregg" sought to educate members of the legal profession and the public on the complex contours of death penalty law. Unlike many conferences that are targeted towards a single role in the justice system, this was a unique gathering where prosecutors, defenders, abolitionists, scholars, journalists, victims’ representatives, and exonerees were all together and able to share their perspectives with and learn from one another.  The conference featured three days of dynamic panels featuring a wide range of experts, which included five federal judges, three state high court judges, former Ohio Governor Bob Taft, Dahlia Lithwick, and a Houston Chronicle Pulitzer Prize winning journalist, and many of the preeminent scholars and practitioners who work on the death penalty across the country – including Steve Bright and the director of the Texas prosecutors association, among others. 


We received rave reviews from many of the more than 200 attendees, which included an unexpected group of seventeen international supreme court judges and justice ministers.


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