The Bryan R. Shechmeister Death Penalty College

July 28 – August 2, 2018

Director, Ellen Kreitzberg
Co-sponsored by the ABA Death Penalty Representation Project

Registration information and applications will be available after March 15, 2018. Please check back to this web site for more information at that time.


Our lives no longer belong to us alone; they belong to all those who need us desperately.
– Elie Wiesel
accepting the Nobel Peace Prize in 1986

The Death Penalty College is an intensive training program limited to defense attorneys who represent persons charged in capital cases. Participants brainstorm from and work on their pending cases every morning in small group workshops.

Past participants have proclaimed:

“It’s hard to separate the significant intellectual content from the profound emotional spiritual content, since both were such important parts of the impact on me.”

“I came away from the college with a feeling of utmost pride that I am able to be part of the death penalty defense community.”

“I believe that anyone who is trying a capital case should attend the college.”

“What a marvelous productive experience… The luxury of being able to focus completely on one case was and is extraordinary!”