October 23, 2012

IRR News Report

Summer 2007

Best Wishes to Departing Staff

The Section wishes staff members Anna Dolinsky and John Hammill all the best in their new endeavors.  Anna has been with the Section for two years as the project assistant for the AIDS Coordinating Project. She recently received her Master’s in Public Health from Johns Hopkins School of Public Health and will finish her third year of law school next year at Georgetown Law Center, where she will participate in the Harrison Institute’s Public Policy Clinic. Her warmth and candor will be much missed. John has been with the ABA for two years, first as the Commission on Mental and Physical Disability Law publications coordinator, then as this Section's staff assistant.  His sense of humor, unhealthy treats, and general good nature will be missed.

The Section will also say goodbye to Death Penalty Moratorium Implementation Project staff attorneys Banafsheh Amirzadeh, Joshua Lipman and Sarah Turberville this summer as the Project’s European Commission grant ends.  All three joined the Section last year as part of the grant and were largely responsible for the successful release of state assessment reports in nine U.S. jurisdictions.  The reports reflect the extent to which the death penalty systems achieve fairness and due process.  To the extent flaws are identified in those systems, the findings will serve as bases from which states may reform their systems, impose moratoriums, and/or launch more comprehensive self-examinations of death penalty-related laws and processes.  We thank Banafsheh, Joshua and Sarah for their very important contributions and wish them well.