The Death Penalty in America

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The United States is one of only two developed nations in the world that execute prisoners. Yet there is an undeniable movement abroad in the country toward its abolition of capital punishment. President Biden has promised that there will be no federal executions on his watch, and the Commonwealth of Virginia has become the first former Confederate State to ban judicial killings.

How does the death penalty actually work in this country? How is it determined who is sentenced to die and who is not? What restrictions have the courts imposed on its use, and why? Is there a legitimate argument that the death penalty as currently applied is unconstitutional? Join this presentation with Professor Steven M. Schneebaum to explore the answers to these questions. 

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ABOUT Steven M. Schneebaum, Esq.
Interim Director of the International Law and Organizations Program; Practitioner-in-Residence at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies

Steven M. Schneebaum, Esq., Interim Director of the International Law and Organizations Program and Practitioner-in-Residence at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, has been a lawyer in private practice in Washington, DC, and a university teacher of international legal topics, for four decades. After partnerships in three national law firms, he established his own firm in 2014. He has taught international advocacy at SAIS since 1990, the law of the European Union from 2000 through 2007, and constitutional law since 2008. Professor Schneebaum’s professional focus has been on litigation and international law, representing clients in courts around the country (at both trial and appellate level) as well as in international and domestic arbitral proceedings. He also counsels clients on dispute avoidance through negotiation. His practice over the years has concentrated on such areas as international trade (including matters before the WTO), antitrust, constitutional law, contracts, legal malpractice, public and private international law, and judicial review of both government agency actions and arbitral awards.   He was educated at Yale University, from which he received a Bachelor of Arts degree magna cum laude, at Oberlin College (Master of Arts in philosophy), Oxford University (Bachelor and Master of Arts in jurisprudence, the former with First Class Honors), and George Washington University Law School (Master of Comparative Law). His honors and awards include the Msgr. Geno Baroni Caritas Award from Catholic Community Services (2005), the United States Army Commander’s Award for Public Service (2009), and the Pamela Young Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Law Students Association (2018). He is a member of the District of Columbia Bar and numerous federal trial and appellate bars, including that of the United States Supreme Court.

 Event Date
Tuesday, March 23, 2021
Start Time: 12:00pm EDT
End Time: 1:00pm EDT


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