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Podcasts of McCleskey Symposium available

Listen to Podcasts of McCleskey Symposium Keynote and Panel Presentations
Podcasts of keynote addresses and select panel presentations of the "Pursuing Racial Fairness in Criminal Justice: Twenty Years After McCleskey v. Kemp" symposium are now available on LDF's website at www.naacpldf.org. Sponsored by LDF and Columbia Law School, the Symposium was held at Columbia Law School on March 2 and 3, 2007, and attracted almost two hundred attorneys, legal scholars, social justice practitioners, community activists and students.

The following podcasts are now available:
Anthony Amsterdam (New York University Law Professor), The Harold Leventhal Memorial Lecture. In his lecture, Professor Amsterdam establishes the entrenched link between American racism and the death penalty, and lays out a comprehensive, forward-looking plan for attacking the continuing influence of race in capital punishment.

Bob Herbert (New York Times columnist), keynote address, in which he recounts stories of glaring injustice against African-American defendants.

Ted Shaw (NAACP Legal Defense Fund), keynote address, which provides the constitutional context for many of today's McCleskey-related legal challenges that continue to plague communities of color.

Bryan Stevenson (Equal Justice Initiative), on innovative approaches for attacking racial bias in the administration of justice.

Christina Swarns (NAACP Legal Defense Fund), on race and criminal justice reform in litigation and prosecution.

Additional podcasts will be posted this week of presentations by John Charles Boger of the University of North Carolina Law School, who argued McCleskey v. Kemp before the Supreme Court; Lawrence Marshall of Stanford Law School, who provides an insider's view of the challenges facing the Court at the time of the McCleskey decision; Dorothy Roberts of Northwestern University School of Law, who offers approaches for achieving a criminal justice system free of racial bias; and Rodney Ellis, Texas State Senator, who discusses the role of the legislature.

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