The Bryan R. Shechmeister Death Penalty College

July 30 – Aug 3, 2022

Co-Directors Ellen Kreitzberg and Amy Armstrong

Co-sponsored by the ABA Death Penalty Representation Project

Registration will be processed through the Arizona Death Penalty Representation Project.


Registration is complete only once the questions about the team and the case are complete and submitted. Space is limited. Attendance requires a pending pre-trial capital case. Attendance by several teams members is strongly encouraged.

If you have any specific questions, please contact: Lubna Alyousfi, Arizona Capital Representation Project: 602-388-4023


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!”