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Welcomes Visiting Professor National Expert on Capital Punishment



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Kenneth WilliamsApril 12, 2010—South Texas College of Law students will have the opportunity to learn criminal law and the law of capital punishment from a leading expert in the field during the 2010-2011 school year. Professor Kenneth Williams of Southwestern Law School in California will teach first year criminal law classes and a death penalty seminar to upper level students as a visiting professor here in Houston. Williams is a national authority on capital punishment who currently represents two Texas death row inmates in their habeas proceedings, and has handled seven other death penalty appeals in Texas the past two decades. "We are fortunate to have such a great opportunity for students to learn from a nationally recognized expert," says South Texas President and Dean Donald J. Guter.      

Williams says his death penalty seminar class will focus on the law and policy of capital punishment as shaped by the U.S. Supreme Court, centering on Texas cases. The course will incorporate lessons on capital procedure and litigation, including lectures from guest speakers from both the prosecution and defense side of the issues. Students will write research papers on a capital punishment topic of their choosing. Williams, who's taught criminal law, evidence, criminal procedure, and immigration law, was previously on the teaching faculty at Gonzaga University School of Law and Texas Southern University Thurgood Marshall School of Law.

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