Clinics & SPOs
Capital Punishment Clinic
The state of capital punishment
December 6, 2022
The Harvard Law School Library hosted a series of talks on the death penalty in conjunction with the library’s exhibit “Visualizing Capital Punishment: Spectacle, Shame and Sympathy.”
Join Professor Steiker and the Harvard Law School Library for a panel discussion with recent HLS graduates working in the area of death penalty defense. The event is free on zoom, open to all, and will be recorded. Registration is required: http://bit.ly/HlslDPD
Capital Punishment: Where We Stand
September 29, 2022
All HUID holders are invited to the Library’s first event in a yearlong series of programs about capital punishment, to coincide with the exhibit "Visualizing Capital Punishment: Spectacle, Shame, and Sympathy." Join Carol Steiker, Henry J. Friendly Professor of Law, for a conversation about the state of capital punishment today. KB Beck, Manager of the Library’s Historical & Special Collections, will introduce the exhibit, followed by a reception and exhibit viewing in the Caspersen Room.
Clinics in Action
July 15, 2022
For one day in the 2019–2020 academic year, Harvard Law Today followed just a handful of Harvard Law's 47 legal clinics to see their work — and their efforts to advance justice — in action.
Matters of life or death
September 12, 2018
Led by Carol Steiker, the Henry J. Friendly Professor of Law and faculty co-director of the Criminal Justice Policy Program, the Capital Punishment Clinic at Harvard Law School tests the complex body of constitutional law that regulates the death penalty and its troubled history.
Evolving and Adapting: The HLS Clinical Landscape
June 26, 2018
More than 100 years after students started the Harvard Legal Aid Bureau, there are now 40 clinics and Student Practice Organizations at HLS, focused on everything from cyberlaw to veterans’ rights.
Steiker study influential in Connecticut’s decision to abolish death penalty
September 15, 2015
A study on capital punishment co-authored by Harvard Law School Professor Carol Steiker ’86 and her brother Jordan Steiker ’88 a professor at the University of Texas School of Law, was influential in Connecticut’s recent decision to abolish the death penalty in that state.
Dying While Black and Brown: Hamilton Houston Institute hosts dance performance on incarceration and capital punishment (video)
March 20, 2015
On March 6, Harvard Law School’s Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice hosted Dying While Black and Brown, a dance performance focused on capital punishment and the disproportionate numbers of incarcerated people of color. The performance was first commissioned by the San Francisco Equal Justice Society as part of the society’s campaign to restore 14th Amendment protections for victims of discrimination, including those on death row.
Steiker in The New Republic: Death Penalty Opponents Are Closer to Goal Than They Realize
September 27, 2011
An essay, Why Death Penalty Opponents Are Closer to Their Goal Than They Realize, by HLS Professor Carol Steiker ’86, appeared in the Sept. 27 edition of The New Republic. The essay focuses on the decline of the death penalty in practice, politics and law, and how the present moment brings the genuine possibility of permanent abolition via judicial decision.
An essay, "Don't Blame Perry for Texas's Execution Addiction. He Doesn't Have Much To Do With It," by HLS Professor Carol Steiker ’86 and her brother, Professor Jordan Steiker '88 of the University of Texas School of Law appeared in the Sept. 2 edition of The New Republic. The essay focuses on the relationship between Republican presidential candidate and Texas Governor Rick Perry and Texas's standing as the execution capital of the United States.