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Roper v. Simmons, Lethal Injection and Other Systemic Challenges to the Administration of the Death Penalty

Please join Dorsey & Whitney LLP and
The Advocates for Human Rights’ Death Penalty Project
for our bi-monthly lunchtime speaker series:

Roper v. Simmons, Lethal Injection and Other Systemic Challenges to the Administration of the Death Penalty

presented by:

Sandra Babcock

Tuesday, May 24, 2005
12:00 – 1:00 P.M.


Dorsey & Whitney
Seattle Room, 15th Floor
50 South Sixth Street
Minneapolis, MN 55402

Ms. Babcock will discuss recently highlighted issues with capital punishment. She will speak about the recent U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling that the execution of individuals for crimes committed as juveniles is unconstitutional (Roper v. Simmons) and its implications for the capital punishment system. In addition, she will address problems with lethal injection, specifically the suggestion that the method only paralyzes, but does not eliminate pain, during execution. Application for one CLE will be made. This presentation is a brown bag lunch. Beverages will be provided.

Speaker biography
is an attorney in private practice in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Over the last decade, she has been a leading advocate for the application of international human rights norms in domestic criminal proceedings, particularly in death penalty cases. She has argued before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, the Inter-American Court on Human Rights, and the International Court of Justice. Currently, she directs the Mexican Capital Legal Assistance Program, a pioneering project funded by the Government of Mexico to assist its nationals in capital cases at trial and on appeal. Through this Program, she has provided litigation support to attorneys in over 80 capital cases involving Mexican nationals, and routinely appears as Mexico’s counsel in state and federal courts around the country. She was also Mexico’s counsel in the case of Avena and other Mexican Nationals (Mexico v. United States), a case brought by Mexico in the International Court of Justice on behalf of 54 Mexican nationals on death row under the Optional Protocol to the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations. Ms. Babcock has written several articles on the subject of international law and the death penalty. She received her B.A. in International Relations from Johns Hopkins University in 1986, and her J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1991.

Please R.S.V.P. to Rose Park at The Advocates for Human Rights
by Friday May 20th, 2005
Phone: (612) 341-3302 ext. 106 - Email: [email protected]