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UNH Law to Host Symposium on New Hampshire Death Penalty

The UNH Law Diversity Action Coalition, UNH National Lawyers Guild student group, and the law school’s Social Justice Institute will host a symposium on Feb. 13 titled “The New Hampshire Death Penalty in the Era of Addison: Community Voices on Capital Punishment.”

“The event aims to orient the Concord community to the issues surrounding the death penalty,” says Kerstin Cornell, a UNH Law student and one of the event’s organizers. “It is an objective symposium that seeks to provide the community with information during a time when it is especially pertinent.”

Speakers will discuss issues regarding the effect the death penalty has on correctional facilities, the judicial process and judicial resources, and the process for prosecuting and defending individuals charged with capital crimes. The symposium will also address the role that capital punishment plays in society and the effect that the death penalty has on juries and families of victims.

Speakers include Chief Justice Tina Nadeau of the N.H. Superior Court; N.H. Commissioner of Corrections William Wrenn; attorney Chris Keating, the head of the NH Judicial Council; former N.H. Attorney General Phil McLauglin; and attorney David Rothstein, who represented Michael Addison at trial and continues to represent him in his appeals.

The event will be divided into two panel discussions. The first, from 3:30-5 p.m., will focus on the logistical and administrative impact that the death penalty has on the state. The second, from 5:30-7 p.m., will focus on the death penalty’s social and political impact in NH. There will be a half-hour cocktail reception between panels.

The symposium is free, and people are welcome to attend one or both panels. It will take place in Room 282, located in the law school’s Franklin Pierce Center for Intellectual Property. The entrance is at the corner of Washington and Rumford streets.

Participants are asked to submit questions ahead of time. To submit a question or to RSVP, please email Cornell at