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April 5, 2018

A call for papers on "Lockett v. Ohio at 40"

I received via email and got authority to post this notice of an interesting call for papers on a particular (underappreciated?) Supreme Court capital case:

The Center for Constitutional Law at the University of Akron School of Law invites scholars, practitioners, and advocates to submit papers commemorating the United States Supreme Court decision in Lockett v. Ohio, 438 U.S. 586 (1978).  Argued by the brilliant Prof. Anthony Amsterdam, the decision laid the framework for narrowing application of the death penalty.  Lockett not only overturned Ohio’s 1974 era death penalty law, it heralded the significance and breadth of mitigating factors that must be considered by jurors and judges making the life or death decision in the penalty phase of capital cases, and tapped in to issues of disproportionate sentencing (those decided and yet to be).

Papers reflecting on the decision and its progeny are invited for a written symposium in the Akron Law Review’s online journal ConLawNOW, to be submitted by August 20, 2018.  All submissions are welcome.  Papers may be in the form of essays of 10-15 pages, or more traditional law review format.  To participate, please send a brief abstract of the proposed paper to Prof. Emerita Marge Koosed at mkoosed @ uakron.edu and Prof. Tracy Thomas, Seiberling Chair of Constitutional Law, at thomast @ uakron.edu.

The University of Akron School of Law will host a program commemorating the Lockett decision, with Sandra Lockett Young in attendance, in October 2018. It is hoped that writers will be available to participate in this program by video conferencing.

April 5, 2018 at 09:17 PM | Permalink


Fractured judgement.

Posted by: Joe | Apr 6, 2018 10:21:47 AM

I have been a criminal defense investigator for the past 16 years and I am currently in law school at Thurgood Marshall School of Law in Houston, Texas. We just now reviewed her case and we are at odds how she was facing death, when Al Parker, co-defendant, was given a chance at life in exchange for what could be false testimony and leading Locket to death. Although I am not justifying all her alleged actions, I do not believe she deserved a death sentence. I am glad she is living and hope that she has shown the world that rehabilitation or re-integration into society is possible We would love her to visit our school.

Posted by: Mark Z. Escamilla | Jul 3, 2018 4:36:09 PM

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