Minnesota Advocates for Human Rights
The First Mental Retardation Death Sentence Commuted to Life in Alabama
7/18/2007 12:00 PM - 7/18/2007 1:00 PM

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

The First Mental Retardation Death Sentence Commuted to Life in Alabama

presented by

Bruce Manning

Wednesday, July 18, 2007
12:00-1:00 P.M.


Dorsey & Whitney
Seattle Room, 15th Floor
50 South 6th Street
Minneapolis, MN 55402

Bruce Manning will recount Jeremiah Jackson's story from his 1998 trial and death sentence to the beginning of his post-conviction collateral appeal in 2002. Mr. Manning will discuss his pro bono representation of Jeremiah, through an eventually successful commutation of his sentence to life without the possibility of parole. Mr. Jackson's case is one of very few nationwide where a change occurred as a result of Atkins v. Virginia (2002), and it was the first case in Alabama where a sentence of death was commuted because of a finding of mental retardation. This lecture is a brown bag lunch.  Beverages will be provided.  Application will be made for one CLE credit.

Speaker biography

Bruce D. Manning is an associate in Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi, L.L.P., where he represents a range of commercial and individual clients in business disputes.  He also works on white collar crime, insurance, product liability, securities and patent matters, including Section 337 practice before the International Trade Commission.  In 2004, Manning received the Pro Bono Award from Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi L.L.P. for his work in providing pro bono representation to a mentally retarded inmate on death row in Alabama. He graduated from the University of Michigan Law School and from the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan.

Please R.S.V.P. to Laura Young at Minnesota Advocates for Human Rights by Tuesday, July 17.
Phone: (612) 341-3302 ext. 128 • Email: [email protected]