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Moving Beyond “Racial Blindsight”? The Influence of Social Science
Evidence after the North Carolina Racial Justice Act

A Michigan State Law Review Symposium

Thursday, April 7
Castle Board Room, 3rd Floor
3:00 p.m. Symposium Welcome
3:15 p.m. - 4:45 p.m. Panel No. 1
Katherine Barnes, Methodology & Advocacy: What is Best and What Works
Michael Radelet, Overriding Jury Sentencing Recommendations in Florida Capital Cases: An Update and Possible Half-Requiem
Sam Sommers, The Obstacles to and Consequences of Empanelling Diverse Juries
5:00 p.m. - 6:15 p.m. Keynote Address
Amy Bach, Ordinary Injustice: The Case Studies Behind the Justice Index
6:30 p.m. Dinner
Friday, April 8
Castle Board Room, 3rd Floor, (unless otherwise noted)
8:00 a.m. Breakfast
8:30 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. Two concurrent sessions

Panel No. 2
Deborah Denno, Genetics and the Death Penalty
Steven Dow, Rethinking Legal Research: Preparing Law Students for Using Empirical Data
Chris Edelson, Use of Social Science Evidence to Understand Plaintiff's Perspectives
Sam Gross, Innocence and the Death Penalty

Panel No. 3 (Location: Room 325)
Jennifer Eberhardt, The Ape and the Static Being: Two Views of Blacks in the Modern Era
Phoebe Ellsworth, Public Opinion on the Death Penalty and the Supreme Court
Sheri Johnson, Racial Epithets
Josephine Ross, The Consent Exception to Search and Seizure, Measuring the Reasonable Person
10:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. Two concurrent sessions

Panel No. 4
David Baldus, Evidence and Legal Implications of California's post-Furman v. Georgia (1972) Capital Punishment System's Failure to Meet the Eighth Amendment's "Narrowing" Requirements William Bowers, Wanda Foglia, Marla Sandys, Elizabeth Vartkessian, & Christopher Kelly, The Receptivity of Courts to Empirical Evidence of How Jurors Decide Death Penalty Cases: The Capital Jury Project (CJP) as a Case Study
Merry Morash & Tia Stevens, Race, Ethnicity, and Change in Boys' Penetration into the Justice System: Probability of Arrest and Court Actions in 1980 and 2000

Panel No. 5 (Location: Room 325)
Mona Lynch, The White Male Capital Juror and Racial Bias: Findings from A Jury Experiment and Implications for the Administration of Capital Punishment
Mary Rose, Proving Jury Underrepresentation: The Many Surprising Obstacles to an Empirically-Informed Jury System
SpearIt, Enslaved by Words
12:15 p.m. - 1:45 p.m. Lunch
John C. Boger, The Back Story to the North Carolina Racial Justice Act
2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Panel No. 6
Jennifer Adger, Determining Who Dies: Exploring County-Level Variations in Capital Sentencing in Alabama
Emily Hughes, Capital Mitigation Specialists: Examining Their Importance Through A Social Science Lens
Jody Madeira, The Black, White, and Grey of Family Relations: The Impact of Constructions of Love, Family, and Deviance Upon Capital Cases
Valerie West, The County Next Door: Race and Capital Sentencing in the United States
3:45 p.m. - 5:15 p.m. Panel No. 7
Barbara O'Brien & Catherine M. Grosso, Ready to Listen: The North Carolina General Assembly's Decision to Go Where the McCleskey Court Wouldn't
Glen Pierce & Michael Radelet, Race and Death Sentencing in North Carolina, 1980-2007
Isaac Unah & Jack Boger, Race, Politics, and the Process of Capital Punishment in North Carolina
6:30 p.m. Dinner

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