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Saturday, September 24 • 11:10am - 12:10pm
Is the Death Penalty Working?

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Moderators
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Maurice Chammah (mod.)

Staff Writer at The Marshall Project
Chammah joined The Marshall Project, a nonprofit news organization focusing on the American criminal justice system, in 2014. He was a finalist for a 2014 Livingston Award for a story on the decline of the death penalty and his work has appeared in The New York Times and The Atlantic. Chammah was also a 2011-2012 Fulbright fellow in Egypt.

Speakers
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Elsa Alcala

Judge for the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals
Alcala was appointed to the Court of Criminal Appeals in 2011. Previously, she served nine years as a justice on the state’s First Court of Appeals, presiding over criminal and civil cases. Before becoming a judge, Alcala spent nine years working as an assistant district attorney, serving under Harris County District Attorney Johnny Holmes.
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Joe Deshotel

State Representative
Deshotel, D-Beaumont, has represented House District 22 since 1999. He serves as chairman of the House Land & Resource Management Committee and sits on the Public Education Committee and the Subcommittee on Educator Quality. Previously, Deshotel served on the Beaumont City Council and as vice president for administration and legal counsel at Lamar University.
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Kathryn Kase

Executive Director of the Texas Defender Service
Kase joined the Texas Defender Service in 2002 after working in private practice in San Antonio and Albany, N.Y. She has represented capital clients at trial in the Texas and New York state courts and has served as learned counsel in federal court. Kase is also a faculty member of the National Criminal Defense College in Georgia.
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Jarvis Parsons

District Attorney of Brazos County
Parsons was elected as the Brazos County district attorney in 2012. He is on the advisory board of the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service Central Texas Police Academy. Parsons began his career at the Brazos County district attorney’s office in 2002.
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Jordan Steiker

Professor and Co-Director of the Capital Punishment Center at the University of Texas at Austin
Steiker teaches constitutional law, criminal law and death penalty law at UT-Austin, where he is also a co-director of the Capital Punishment Center. Previously, he served as a law clerk to Justice Thurgood Marshall of the U.S. Supreme Court and was a visiting professor at Harvard Law School.