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Lectures & Events

 
March 2017
Friday
3
March
2017
Tinkham Veale University Center
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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Speaker: Maureen Guirguis (Kenny), Professor and Co-Director of Human Trafficking Law Clinic Case Western Reserve University School of Law
John Morgan, Detective, Cuyahoga County Sheriff's Department
Karen McHenry, Homeless and Missing Youth Program Director, Bellefaire JCB
Teresa Stafford, Senior Director of Victims' Services and Outreach, Cleveland Rape Crisis Center
Renee Jones, Founder and CEO, Renee Jones Empowerment Center
Barbara Freeman, First Graduate of CATCH Court, Columbus, Ohio, Founder, Freeman Project
Kathleen Hackett, RN, BSN, SANE (Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner) Coordinator, Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital, University Hospitals
Approved for 6.5 hours of in-person CLE credit
Monday
6
March
2017
Moot Courtroom (A59)
4:30 PM - 5:30 PM
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Speaker: Elisabeth Rosenthal, Editor-in-Chief, Kaiser Health News
Approved for 1 hour of in-person CLE credit  |  Webcast live
Thursday
9
March
2017
Moot Courtroom (A59)
4:30 PM - 5:30 PM
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Speaker: Michael H. Posner, Jerome Kohlberg Professor Ethics and Finance, Professor Business and Society, Center for Business and Human Rights, NYU Stern School of Business
Approved for 1 hour of in-person CLE credit  |  Webcast live
Wednesday
22
March
2017
The City Club of Cleveland
8:30 AM - 9:30 AM
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Speaker: Juliet P. Kostritsky, Everett D. & Eugenia S. McCurdy Professor of Contract Law
Approved for 1 hour of in-person CLE credit  |  Webcast live
Thursday
23
March
2017
Moot Courtroom (A59)
4:30 PM - 5:30 PM
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Speaker: Philip Hackney, James E. & Betty M. Phillips Associate Professor of Law, LSU Law Center
1 hour of in-person CLE credit, pending approval  |  Webcast live
30
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31
March
2017
Moot Courtroom (A59)
This is a two-day event
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6 hours of in-person CLE credit, pending approval  |  Webcast live
April 2017
Friday
7
April
2017
Glidden House
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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5.5 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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Speaker: 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
May 2017
Wednesday
17
May
2017
The City Club of Cleveland
8:30 AM - 9:30 AM
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Speaker: Timothy Webster, Professor of Law, Case Western Reserve University School of Law
1 hour of in-person CLE credit, pending approval  |  Webcast live
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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