Issues of Race and Innocence in Capital Punishment

On April 20, 2012, The American Civil Liberties Union of Delaware and the ACLU Club of Widener University School of Law will host a morning of panel presentations devoted to exploring the issues of race and innocence in capital punishment.

Registration begins at 8 a.m.; welcoming remarks at 8:45 a.m. Panels will follow beginning at 9 a.m.  A continental breakfast will be provided. The program will conclude at 1 p.m.

Expert panelists will bring a wealth of knowledge in the research, policy, and representational aspects of these issues. Following each panel presentation, audience members will have opportunities to ask questions and share comments. CLE credits are offered to Delaware and Pennsylvania attorneys.

Race panelists include Christina Swarns, Esquire, Director of the Criminal Justice Practice of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund; Denny LeBoeuf, Esquire, director of the ACLU’s Capital Punishment Project; and Suzanne Mannes, Ph.D., professor of psychology at Widener University.

Innocence panelists ACLU-DE executive director Kathleen MacRae;  Robert B. Dunham, Esquire, Capital Habeas Corpus Unit of the Harrisburg federal defenders office; Marc Bookman, Esquire, executive director of the Atlantic Center for Capital Representation in Philadelphia; and Kenneth C. Haas, Ph.D. sociology and political science professor at the University of Delaware.

CLEs will cost $60; for Widener Law Alum $50; and free for students (without materials and breakfast). 3.5 CLEs are available for attending. The symposium cost is $20 for the public and those who do not need CLE credit. To register, contact Constance M. Sweeney at (302)-477-2177 or

For more information on the program and a full schedule of events please see the brochure.

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