Date: 12:00pm EDT October 16, 2013

The Death Penalty in America: from Colonial times to the Present” lunch and a talk by Jack Lahr

This lecture will provide an overview of the history of the death penalty in America, the arguments advanced for and against the death penalty, and the recent trends in the U.S. Supreme Court on whether the death penalty amounts to cruel and unusual punishment prohibited by the Eighth Amendment to the Constitution.

Admission Fee for Program: $15 members; $20 non-members


Jack Lahr is a retired litigation partner with the Washington DC law office of Foley & Lardner, where he was also active in pro bono litigation. Since the late 1990s, Jack has been involved in capital murder defense litigation in the South, primarily post conviction litigation in Alabama, where he still has two pending cases in Alabama federal district court. Jack is also a former chair of the board of Fair Trial Initiative, a North Carolina public interest law firm that provides lawyer resources for court-appointed capital murder trial defense counsel in North Carolina. Jack has been involved in Innocence Project cases in Virginia and Maryland and appellate murder cases in Virginia.

Sponsored by Washington College Academy of Lifetime Learning.