UNC Charlotte’s Aliaga-Buchenau Witness in Residence Initiative will host a community conversation about the death penalty with Henderson Hill, executive director of the national organization 8th Amendment Project. Hill, previously a criminal defense and civil rights attorney with Ferguson Stein Chambers in Charlotte, also is the founder and first director of the Center for Death Penalty Litigation in Durham.
Hill will lead a thought-provoking discussion about how society should respond to egregious acts of violence. He will discuss the death penalty in its historical context in North Carolina and the US and in the context of his personal experiences and those of the clients he has represented, the witnesses, victim families, jurors and other community stakeholders.
The community conversation will begin at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 10, at UNC Charlotte Center City (320 E. 9th Street, Charlotte 28203). A dessert reception will follow the conversation. The event is open to the public without charge, but registration is requested here.
Complimentary parking will be provided at 422 E. 9th Street, directly across Brevard Street from UNC Charlotte Center City. Instructions for downloading complimentary parking passes will be emailed shortly before the event to those who are registered.
The Aliaga-Buchenau Witness in Residence Initiative seeks to encourage conversations about issues pertaining to human rights and social justice in the US and globally. The 2018 Witness in Residence program focuses on the death penalty. Previous initiatives have focused on life in Communist East Berlin before the fall of the Berlin Wall and on Syrian refugees in the U.S.
Hill, a former criminal defense and civil rights attorney with Ferguson Stein Chambers in Charlotte, also is the founder and first director of the Center for Death Penalty Litigation in Durham. He has been an advocate for defendants facing the death penalty, especially those who are indigent, in North Carolina and across the U.S. He has won life sentences rather than the death penalty for some of his clients and has represented clients on appeals after conviction. He also has worked with families of some who were executed.
Hill will be accompanied by Elizabeth Hambourger of Raleigh, staff attorney for the Center for Death Penalty Litigation. Prior to joining the center, she was a staff attorney at North Carolina Prisoner Legal Services.
In addition to the public lecture, students, faculty and staff are invited to attend death penalty conversation with Hill from 12:30 to 1:45 p.m. Monday, April 9, in Rowe Hall, Room 130. No registration is needed to attend this free campus event.