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Friday, March 7 • 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Barriers to Justice in Post-Conviction Death Row Defense

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Death row defendants seeking relief from the courts based on innocence, mental illness/intellectual deficiency, or ineffective assistance of trial counsel, find that the deck is stacked against them.  The barriers to justice can be legal, such as the procedural roadblocks created by the Anti-Terrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act.  They can also be cultural, with race, socio-economic status, and community attitudes toward crime and justice standing in the way of human rights.  The session will focus on explaining these barriers, including a discussion of how they have interfered with justice in individual cases.


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avatar for Edward J. Cassidy

Edward J. Cassidy

Shareholder, Labor and Litigation, Fredrikson & Byron, PA
Ed is a shareholder in the Labor and Employment and Litigation groups at Fredrikson & Byron, P.A.  Ed has 32 years of litigation experience in a variety of jurisdictions on matters ranging from state and federal OSHA, workers’ compensation, general litigation in state and federal court involving many jury trials, to post-conviction habeas corpus death penalty representation.  Pro bono and community involvement has been an... Read More →
avatar for James R. Mayer

James R. Mayer

Shareholder, Intellectual Property Litigation, Fredrikson & Byron, P.A
Jim is a shareholder in the Intellectual Property Litigation Group at Fredrikson & Byron, P.A.  Jim is an experienced trial lawyer, representing clients of all sizes in commercial disputes of all types.  Jim also teaches legal writing and appellate advocacy at the University of Minnesota Law School.  Jim believes that lawyers have a responsibility to use their unique skills to ensure access to the legal system for all. To... Read More →
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Steven Wells

Partner-in-Charge, Trial Group, Dorsey & Whitney, LLP
Steven Wells is the Partner-in-Charge of Dorsey’s Trial Group worldwide. Mr. Wells has litigated complex commercial and financial cases for over 28 years.  Mr. Wells received a J.D with honors from George Washington University Law School. He has been an Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Minnesota Law School since 2007, where he teaches classes on trial strategy and the death penalty; and lectures at numerous CLE seminars... Read More →

Friday March 7, 2014 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Music Bldg: Sateren Auditorium Augsburg College

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