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Lectures & Events

 
March 2017
Tuesday
28
March
2017
Nico Osteria
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
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Nico Osteria
1015 North Rush Street
Chicago, Illinois 60611
Wednesday
29
March
2017
Moot Courtroom (A59)
4:30 PM - 5:30 PM
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Speaker: Kenneth L. Marcus, founder and president of the Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights Under Law
Wednesday
29
March
2017
White and Williams LLP
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
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White and Williams LLP
7 Times Square, Suite 2900
New York, New York 10036-6524
30
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31
March
2017
Moot Courtroom (A59)
This is a two-day event
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Approved for 6 hours of in-person CLE credit  |  Webcast live
April 2017
Friday
7
April
2017
CWRU Law School
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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6 hours of in-person CLE credit, pending approval
Thursday
13
April
2017
Moot Courtroom (A59)
4:30 PM - 5:30 PM
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Speaker: Tim Wu, Professor, Columbia Law School
1 hour of in-person CLE credit, pending approval  |  Webcast live
Wednesday
19
April
2017
The City Club of Cleveland
8:30 AM - 9:30 AM
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Kathryn S. Mercer, Professor of Lawyering Skills, Case Western Reserve University School of Law
1 hour of in-person CLE credit, pending approval  |  Webcast live
Thursday
20
April
2017
Moot Courtroom (A59)
4:30 PM - 5:30 PM
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Speaker: Winnifred Fallers Sullivan, Professor and Chair of the Department of Religious Studies and Affiliate Professor of Law, Indiana University Bloomington
1 hour of in-person CLE credit, pending approval
Monday
24
April
2017
Moot Courtroom (A59)
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
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Speaker: Dynda A. Thomas, Partner, Squire Patton Boggs
1 hour of in-person CLE credit, pending approval  |  Webcast live
May 2017
Wednesday
17
May
2017
The City Club of Cleveland
8:30 AM - 9:30 AM
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Timothy Webster, Professor of Law, Case Western Reserve University School of Law
1 hour of in-person CLE credit, pending approval  |  Webcast live
Sunday
21
May
2017
CWRU Law School
All-day event
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Webcast live
February 2018
16
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17
February
2018
CWRU Law School
This is a two-day event
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The Eighth Amendment and the Mentally Ill on Death Row
Sponsor
CWRU Law Downtown Lecture Series
JAN 9, 2013
8:30 AM - 9:30 AM
Location
The City Club of Cleveland
850 Euclid Ave., 2nd floor
Cleveland, Ohio 44114
CLE Credit
1 hour of in-person CLE credit available, pending approval

The Supreme Court has recently demonstrated an interest in the Eighth Amendment protection against cruel and unusual punishment as it applies to discrete groups. In the past few years the Court has determined that the Eighth Amendment prohibits the execution of the mentally retarded and juveniles. Even more recently the Court determined that the Eighth Amendment prohibited life without parole (LWOP) for juveniles convicted of non-homicide crimes and just this term the Court determined that mandatory LWOP for juveniles convicted of murder also violated the Eighth Amendment. These developments raise questions about applications to other groups. One area of increasing attention is the Eighth Amendment implications of executing the mentally ill.
Speaker Information
Michael Benza
Visiting Associate Professor
Case Western Reserve University School of Law

Professor Benza received his Bachelor of Arts (1986) and law degrees (1992) from Case Western Reserve University. He also received a Master of Arts degree in Clinical Psychology (1988) from Pepperdine University. He was the 1992 Biskind Fellow from CWRU School of Law and spent a year working for the Legal Resources Centre, a civil and human rights law firm in South Africa. Upon returning to the States, he spent four years in the Capital Defense Unit at the Office of the Ohio Public Defender. He was assistant counsel at the Cleveland Bar Association working with the Certified Grievance Committee as well as other committees. Professor Benza teaches Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure I, Death Penalty Issues, and the Death Penalty Lab, and coached the Mock Trial team. The Student Bar Association selected Professor Benza as the Professor of the Year in 2007, 2008 and 2009. In 2009 Professor Benza was elected as an alumni member to the Society of Benchers.

Professor Benza continues to represent death row inmates in state courts and federal habeas proceedings. He has litigated capital cases in state trial courts, state appellate and post-conviction courts, and federal courts including arguing Smith v. Spisak before the Supreme Court of the United States.

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