Famous Trial Historian To Speak at TU College of Law

Wednesday, October 17, 2001

Published on 10/17/01

Doug Linder, professor of law at the University of Missouri, Kansas City, will present a free public lecture titled “Searching for Law’s Heroes,” Thursday, Oct. 25, at The University of Tulsa. The lecture, which will begin at 7:30 p.m., will be in the President’s Lounge of TU’s Allen Chapman Activity Center, Fifth Street and Florence Avenue.

Linder is a noted trial historian, and has spent more than five years working on the Famous American Trials website , the web’s largest and most visited collection of original essays, images and more than 6,000 primary documents pertaining to great trials.

Linder is working on a book detailing the battle waged by Professor Anthony Amstrad, and the NAACP Legal Defense Fund to eliminate the death penalty in America. He will chronicle the “moratorium strategy” that for a period of several years put a halt to executions and put nearly 600 lives on the line in Furman v. Georgia — a 1972 case that declared all then-existing death penalty laws unconstitutional.

Linder is visiting TU as part of the College of Law’s Distinguished Scholar-in-Residence program. For more information, call Sue Lorenz at 631-5622.