Reflections on Justice Ginsburg and the Death Penalty

Event Description

Deadline to Register:  October 12, 2020. If you'd like to register for this program past 10/12, please email Kara at .

This program is sponsored by the MSBA, HCBA, & RCBA. 

Former law clerk for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg will examine Justice Ginsburg’s jurisprudence as it relates to the death penalty. Justice Ginsburg famously said, “If I were queen, there would be no death penalty.” Faced with a majority of the Court willing to uphold the constitutionality of capital punishment, Justice Ginsburg often favored the rights of people sentenced to death and restrictions on the death penalty. This CLE will examine several of Justice Ginsburg’s opinions relating to the death penalty, including Moore v. Texas (2017); Maples v. Thomas (2012); Connick v. Thomspon (2011)(dissenting); and Skinner v. Switzer (2011). It will also discuss the ACLU amicus brief she wrote in Coker v. Georgia (1977), and her subsequent reflections on that brief.

This program is being held by webinar only.


Amy Bergquist | Senior Staff Attorney, International Justice Program, The Advocates for Human Rights
Amy Bergquist coordinates The Advocates for Human Rights' advocacy at the United Nations and regional human rights bodies. Her substantive areas of focus include LGBTI rights and discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity, rights of minorities and non-citizens, and the death penalty. In addition, she collaborates with diaspora communities seeking to be more effective advocates for human rights in their country of origin or ancestry. She also coordinates pro bono legal assistance to support non-governmental organizations based in Africa that work on human rights and rule of law issues. She is currently Vice President of the World Coalition Against the Death Penalty.

Bergquist clerked for the Honorable Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, the Honorable William A. Fletcher of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and the Honorable John R. Tunheim, District Judge of the District of Minnesota. She was an associate at Faegre & Benson, LLP. Before attending law school, Amy worked for 11 years at Minneapolis South High School, where she taught social studies and Russian and coached debate and speech.

CLE credit:

1.0 Standard CLE Credits Approved | Event Code: 329732


MSBA Members: $10.00
Non-MSBA Members: $25.00

Remote Participation: 

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Questions? Contact Kara Haro   | 612-278-6329

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Wednesday, October 14, 2020

4:00 PM to 5:00 PM