CJI speaker looks at ‘disturbing’ Death Penalty story from Louisiana

Deborah W. Denno

A Fordham law school professor and criminology expert will speak at the Law Center on Monday, March 29, and outline the disturbing death penalty story of Willie Francis and his two executions.  Deborah W. Denno, the Arthur A. McGivney Professor of Law at Fordham University School of Law, is the third of four speakers in the “Leading Voices Lectures Series – Criminal Law at the Cutting Edge” sponsored by the Criminal Justice Institute at the Law Center. 

Prof. Denno earned her law degree and Ph.D. in Criminology from the University of Pennsylvania. Prior to joining the Fordham faculty, she clerked for Judge Anthony Scirica of the Third Circuit Court of Appeals and practiced as an associate at Simpson, Thacher & Bartlett. Her research has focused on topics relating to criminal law, criminal procedure, social sciences and the law, and the death penalty. The Supreme Court’s recent lethal injection decision, Baez v. Rees, 128 S. Ct. 1520 (2008), cited four of her articles. Among her current research is a book about the neuroscience correlates of criminal behavior.

Prof. Denno’s presentation begins at 2:30 p.m. in the Hendricks Heritage Room. The free lecture is open to all. 

The final speaker in the CJI lectures series will be Wayne A. Logan, professor and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at Florida State University College of Law, on April 7. His topic is: Knowledge as Power: Criminal Registration and Community Notification Laws in America.

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