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Drake Law presents public lecture on lethal injection secrecy

Eric Berger, associate professor of law at the Nebraska College of Law, will discuss lethal injection secrecy and the Eighth Amendment due process at a lecture on Monday, Sept. 8 at 4 p.m. in the Drake University Law School, Room 213. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Berger’s scholarship focuses on constitutional law and he has written extensively about lethal injection. In 2009, Berger testified before the Judiciary Committee of the Nebraska legislature about a bill to institute lethal injection in Nebraska.

“There have been several botched executions recently, notably in Arizona,” says Paul Statler, president of the Drake Law School’s chapter of the American Constitution Society. “It seemed particularly fitting to bring Professor Berger to campus at this time.”

Berger’s recent research explored judicial decision-making in constitutional cases, with special attention to deference and other under-theorized factors driving constitutional outcomes. Berger’s article Individual Rights, Judicial Deference, and Administrative Law Norms in Constitutional Decision Making, was named the 2011 winner of the American Constitution Society’s Richard D. Cudahy Writing Competition on Regulatory and Administrative Law.

This event is hosted by the Drake chapter of the American Constitution Society. Drinks and refreshments will be available in Kern Commons following the lecture.

For more information, contact Paul Statler at paul.statler@drake.edu.