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Abolish the Death Penalty

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Alan Williams

Alan Williams joined the staff of the National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty as a Staff Attorney in February, 2016. He is a recent law school graduate with a number of years of academic and professional experiences dealing with death penalty law and issues. Among other things, his work at the NCADP includes both monitoring legal and policy developments, and providing legal support to advance the Coalition’s mission of ending the death penalty.

Prior to joining the NCADP, Alan worked as an appellate clerk and junior prosecutor for the Ingham County Prosecutor’s Office in Lansing, Michigan—a position that saw him write numerous Michigan Court of Appeals and Supreme Court appellate briefs that dealt with state statutes and constitutional law. Before that, Alan completed two clerkships that had him dealing directly with appellate and death penalty issues: first with the Federal Public Defender’s Office for the Western District of Michigan in Grand Rapids, and then with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Ohio in Columbus.

Alan earned his Bachelor of Arts, Cum Laude, in Political Science from Albion College, and his J.D. from Michigan State University College of Law. He is a proud member of the State Bar of Illinois.

Blog Posts:

Rauf v. Delaware - Delaware Supreme Court rules death penalty statute unconstitutional

The Delaware Supreme Court ruled the state’s current death penalty scheme was unconstitutional. Read More navigateright

LegalWatch: U.S. Supreme Court Ends 2015-2016 Term, Decided Important Death Penalty Issues

The U.S. Supreme Court is wrapping up its 2015-2016 term this week. Starting all the way back at the beginning of last October, the Court decided two particularly noteworthy death penalty-related cases this term, and agreed to hear a third during its 2016-2017 term. Read More navigateright

U.S. Supreme Court Grants Review in Buck v. Stephens

On, Monday, June 6, 2016, the U.S. Supreme Court decided that it would review the case of Buck v. Stephens—a case involving Duane Buck, a Texas man who was sentenced to death after his own lawyer inexplicably introduced an expert who testified that he would pose a future danger to society if only sentenced to life imprisonment (and the fact that he was black only increased that likelihood). Read More navigateright

Foster v. Chatman, what it is, and what it means

On May 23, 2016, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Foster v. Chatman that Timothy Foster established purposeful racial discrimination in the prosecution’s dismissal of two black jurors during jury selection at his trial. Read More navigateright

LegalWatch: The Tide is Turning Against the Death Penalty

LegalWatch: The Tide is Turning Against the Death Penalty

Over the past few months we have seen a historic number of efforts to repeal unjust and draconian death penalty laws across the country. In fact, as of this week efforts are underway in almost 20 states to repeal, replace, or hold the line on the death penalty. Read More navigateright