Staff and Board of Directors
Richard Dieter, Executive Director
Kenneth England, New Media and Information Specialist
Anne Holsinger, Information and Resource Specialist
The Center's Board of Directors includes many renowned experts on the subject of capital punishment:
Anthony G. Amsterdam, Edward Weinfeld Professor of Law at New York University Law School. Mr. Amsterdam argued Furman v. Georgia before the U.S. Supreme Court in 1972, resulting in the overturning of the death penalty and the sparing of over 600 lives.
David J. Bradford, Partner at Jenner and Block in Chicago. Mr. Bradford serves as Counsel to the MacArthur Justice Center. He has lectured on the death penalty at the University of Chicago Law School, been active in death penalty litigation, and spoken extensively on this subject. Mr. Bradford was recently elected a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers.
David Bruck, Director of the Virginia Capital Case Clearinghouse at Washington & Lee School of Law and Federal Death Penalty Resource Counsel. One of the country's leading experts on the death penalty, Mr. Bruck represented Susan Smith in her capital trial in South Carolina.
James W. Ellis, the Henry Weihofen Professor of Law at the Univeristy of New Mexico School of Law. Mr. Ellis argued for the petitioner in Atkins v. Virginia, the case that resulted in the exemption of the intellectually disabled from the death penalty. He was chosen as the "Lawyer of the Year" by the National Law Journal in 2002.
Phoebe C. Ellsworth, Frank Murphy Distinguished University Professor of Psychology and Professor of Law at the University of Michigan. A former professor at Yale and Stanford, Ms. Ellsworth specializes in law and psychology. She is a research expert on emotions and has written extensively on Americans' views on the death penalty.
George Kendall, Director, Public Service Initiative at Squire, Sanders & Dempsey in New York. He formerly served as Death Penalty Counsel for the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund. Mr. Kendall has defended death penalty defendants nationwide, particularly where racism has been a factor in the prosecution. He is a nationally recognized spokesman on the injustices of the death penalty.
John R. MacArthur, President and Publisher of Harper's Magazine. Mr. MacArthur is the inspiration behind the Death Penalty Information Center. He has written on a wide variety of social justice issues.
Michael Millman, Executive Director of the California Appellate Project. Mr. Millman oversees the efforts to assist private lawyers representing the more than 700 people on California's death row. He serves as President of the Board of the Death Penalty Information Center.
Diann Rust-Tierney, Executive Director of the National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty. Ms. Rust-Tierney is a nationally recognized spokeswoman on capital punishment and has led a number of legislative efforts to reform the nation's capital punishment laws.
Christina Swarns, Director of the Criminal Justice Practice at the NAACP Legal Defense Fund. Ms. Swarns is an experienced capital litigator who formerly served as the Supervising Assistant Federal Defender in Philadelphia. Ms. Swarns most recently represented Nicholas Yarris who was exonerated from the Pennsylvania death row in February 2003.
Ronald J. Tabak, Special Counsel and pro bono coordinator at the Law Firm of Skadden, Arps in New York City. Mr. Tabak is a veteran of capital litigation, and has been instrumental in drafting American Bar Association positions on capital punishment as chair of the Section of Individual Rights & Responsibilities' Death Penalty Committee.
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