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Registration: BIG E….little e: Ethics and the Death Penalty Lawyer

Please join Dorsey & Whitney LLP and The Advocates for Human Rights’ Death Penalty Project for an ethics CLE on the death penalty:

This CLE is a discussion of the legal conflicts between the "BIG E"(one's moral values) and the "little e"(the Code of Professional Responsibility) in the capital context and ways that attorneys can resolve them. Presented by: Mark Olson, Robin Maher, Peter Thompson, and Steve Wells.

This presentation will address unique ethical issues that occur in death penalty cases. Panelists will discuss several ethical dilemmas that capital defense attorneys face, including: representation of a client who volunteers to be executed; a lawyer’s dilemma of when to tell the client or witnesses information that might encourage perjury directed to exoneration or mitigation of the sentence; the tension between the trial and the appellate attorney in capital cases; and the consequences of the American Law Institute’s recent withdrawal of its model death penalty law. The faculty will also discuss the case of Alton Logan, an innocent man exonerated from death row after the actual murderer’s attorneys waited 26 years until their client’s death to reveal information that exonerated Mr. Logan. Finally, panelists will discuss the decisions by some lawyers to refuse to participate in death penalty cases for personal moral or ethical reasons. Question and answer session to follow. Application will be made for two ethics CLE credits.

Tuesday, April 13
9:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Dorsey & Whitney
Seattle Room, 15th Floor
50 South 6th Street
Minneapolis, MN 55402

Cost: $45. Reduced fee available for public interest attorneys and students.

Please complete the form below to register for the CLE, "Ethics of the Death Penalty." When making your payment, please designate "DEATH PENALTY ABOLITION" for your contribution.


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