|Law School panel to discuss death penalty issues|
A panel discussion on problems with the death penalty will be held Monday, Oct. 9, at 4:30 p.m. in the Baker Court Room, School of Law. The event, “The Ultimate Mistake: Problems of Proof and Inequality with the Death Penalty,” will feature Aundré Herron, a nationally-recognized death penalty expert and attorney, and Tim Schuetzle, warden of the North Dakota State Penitentiary. The program, hosted by the UND Public Interest Law Student Association (PILSA), is free and open to the public.
Aundré Herron is a staff attorney with the California Appellate Project in San Francisco. She has worked for the last 15 years on behalf of death row clients in California who are appealing their sentence. Herron will discuss the work of her agency, the legal and political issues involved in capital cases, and day-to-day capital appellate practice. She has broad perspective on capital punishment, having begun her legal career as a state prosecutor, and is a surviving family member of a murder victim. Herron has won a national award for her commitment and work surrounding the death penalty.
Tim Schuetzle is the director of the North Dakota Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation Prison Division and is the warden of the North Dakota State Penitentiary in Bismarck. He will discuss the history and current status of the death penalty in North Dakota. Schuetzle has worked in the prison system for 30 years and has received national recognition as warden of the year.
The event is PILSA's annual First Monday event, which it hosts near the first Monday of October each year in recognition of the U.S. Supreme Court's new term. PILSA chose the death penalty as this year's topic because of its importance and timeliness in light of the Alfonso Rodriguez Jr. trial and current discussion of death penalty cases throughout the state. PILSA is a student-run organization aimed at informing law students and the community on important legal issues and encouraging the legal representation of underserved communities.
-- Rob Carolin, Director of Alumni and Public Relations, Law School, firstname.lastname@example.org, 7-2856