Student Day Against the Death Penalty 2010

Membership Coordinator

Today is the NLG's Student Day Against the Death Penalty! The annual day of action is now in its second decade, and this year, Guild law school chapters have organized some impressive events to educate and mobilize their peers against the unjust, inhumane capital punishment system. Below is a list of what's going on around the country this week for SDADP 2010. And thanks to all of our law school chapters for their hard work on this!


Brooklyn Law School will be tabling and conducting a letter-writing campaign, to be followed up next week with a panel discussion on the case of Cameron Todd Willingham and capital punishment in general. Cornell Law School will be tabling all week and will be focusing on two issues: an international/comparative look at the death penalty and collecting signatures on clemency letters. They have also planned several events, titled: "The Death Penalty & Race: An Empirical Look," "The Death Penalty & Morality: A Dissussion," "The Death Penalty & Innocence: The Story of an Exonerated Death Row Inmate." Vermont Law School will be showing "Mumia: A Case for Reasonable Doubt" and sending emails to all VLS students with stories of innocent death row inmates. In honor of Michael Mello, recently deceased VLS professor and anti-death penalty activist, Guild students are hanging a banner from the main campus building painted with a quote of Professor Mello's.

Mid Atlantic:

University of Maryland is tentatively planning a discussion on the death penalty in Maryland, where a temporary moratorium has been lifted. Rutgers-Camden has planned several activities, as well as a bar night: -Monday: Screening of Deadline, a documentary about former Illinois Governor George Ryan's drastic switch from "tough on crime" death penalty advocate to one of the nation's most vocal abolitionists. ( -Wednesday: A panel on the effectiveness and morality of the Death Penalty; including a Federal Defender from the Capital Habeus Unit, and Prof. Roger Clark, who recently successfully advocated for the American Law Institute to withdraw capital punishment from the Model Penal Code. American University will also be screening Deadline, with an introduction by Professor Jamie Raskins, a Maryland State Senator. They will also be tabling and offering students solidarity ribbons and suggesting actions to take. Drexel University will not be in session on SDADP but will be having an event later in the month featuring Ray Krone, who was exonerated from Arizona death row on DNA evidence after 10 years.


Washington & Lee chapter members will be polling the student population on whether the death penalty should be abolished and will be hosting a film screening and discussion. Loyola New Orleans will be co-sponsoring a presentation by two death row exonerees who are now part of the organization Resurrection After Exoneration.


Lewis & Clark Guild members tabled all last week and will be screening Deadline today. They also made posters with short biographies of prisoners who were executed and later proved innocent. Stanford will be screening Race to Execution followed by a Q&A with Professor Larry Marshall. UC Hastings will be hosting a panel called "Perspectives on the Death Penalty: A conversation with Marvin Lew, Alameda County Public Defender, and David Angel, Deputy District Attorney." It will be moderated by Natasha Minsker, death penalty policy expert from the ACLU. Loyola Los Angeles will be co-sponsoring a panel with the ACLU, featuring Sean Kennedy, federal public defender for the Central District of California and LLS adjunct professor, James Clark, Death Penalty Field Organizer for the ACLU of Southern California, and Aqeela Sherrils, Southern California Outreach Coordinator for California Crime Victims for Alternatives to the Death Penalty. They will also pass out black ribbons and informative fliers.


Hamline University will be hosting an event tomorrow titled "Political Repression and State Violence from Minneapolis-Palestine: A Talk by Dhoruba bin Wahad."

For more information about Student Day Against the Death Penalty, visit our SDADP page.