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MC Law Health Law Society and Law Review to Host Symposium on Capital Punishment Reform

The Mississippi College Law Review and Health Law Society are set to host the symposium, “Current Trends in Capital Punishment Reform in the American South,” on March 23, 2018, at the law school in downtown Jackson. The symposium will feature an esteemed panel of death penalty experts.

Symposium speakers will address methods of execution, constitutional issues related to the death penalty, and offer a time for questions and answers. The event will be divided into two panels, and will be moderated by State Public Defender Andre’ de Gruy. Scheduled panelists include: State Representative Andy Gipson, Jim Craig (Director, Roderick and Solange MacArthur Justice Center, New Orleans), Emily Washington (Attorney, Roderick and Solange MacArthur Justice Center, New Orleans), Jason Davis (Director, Criminal Litigation Division, Attorney General’s Office), Professor Jeffrey Usman (Belmont University College of Law), Alison Steiner ( Mississippi State Public Defender, Capital Defense Division), Vanzetta Williams (Attorney and Owner, L.V. Williams Law, PLLC) and Dr. Gilbert Macvaugh (President and Owner, Forensic Psychology Services).

MC Law student Molly McNair, Editor-in-Chief of the Law Review, believes the death penalty to be a critical point of discussion in current debate: “I think it is important for the community to examine the role capital punishment plays in our criminal justice system because of its severity and permanence,” she says. “I am excited to hear different perspectives on this significant topic, especially in light of recent litigation challenging Mississippi's method of execution.”

The event is free and open to the public. It will begin at 8:15 a.m. and conclude at 12:15 p.m. For attorneys seeking CLE credit, there is a $100 fee for two hours of CLE credit. The symposium is sponsored by: Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, Lieutenant Colonel Thomas Lee Cluff, Jr., Joey Comley, American Civil Liberties Union, and Andre’ and Beth de Gruy.

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