The Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology, with the significant support of the Irving Gordon Symposia Fund, is proud to announce the upcoming symposium, entitled "The Death Penalty's Numbered Days?" Since the 1970's, the existence and implementation of the death penalty has changed and evolved, as has the way the legal system and its various actors view and talk about the issue. This symposium, which includes a diverse group of some of the foremost scholars on the death penalty, will explore recent developments and attempt to provide a prognosis on the future application of the death penalty in the United States. Attendees will be eligible for up to 5 CLE credits, and no registration is necessary. Please direct any questions to our Symposium Director, Erica Stern, who can be reached at

Friday, November 11, 2016, 9:00 a.m. - 5: 00 p.m.
Thorne Auditorium
Northwestern University School of Law
375 E. Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611

Event Schedule

Written Materials


Kevin Barry
Douglas Berman
Alex Jakubow
Anthony Farley
Brandon Garrett
Jon Gould
Catherine Grosso
Ben Jones
Meredith Rountree
Barbara O'Brien
Rob Owen
Kent Scheidegger
Rob Smith
Carol Steiker
Jordan Steiker
Deborah Tuerkheimer

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Improving Forensic Science
The Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology is proud to partner with the American Bar Association and announce the upcoming symposium, The Role of the Courts in Improving Forensic Science. The Symposium will examine the progress made since The National Academy of Science issued a report on the handling of forensic science in court and address the role of the court in improving forensic science.
The Death Penalty's Numbered Days?
“Nearly 40 years ago, this Court upheld the death penalty under statutes that, in the Court's view, contained safeguards sufficient to ensure that the penalty would be applied reliably and not arbitrarily. . . . The circumstances and the evidence of the death penalty's application have changed radically since then. Given those changes, I believe that it is now time to reopen the question.” ~Justice Stephen Breyer, Dissenting Glossip v. Gross, 135 S. Ct. 2726, 2755 (2015).
Conviction Integrity Conference
Champion of Justice: A Celebratory Event to Honor Rob Warden's Quest to Free the Innocent