Death penalty is topic for Witness in Residence Initiative

Henderson Hill
Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Henderson Hill, executive director of the national organization 8th Amendment Project, will discuss the death penalty as part of a community conversation hosted by UNC Charlotte’s Aliaga-Buchenau Witness in Residence Initiative.

This community conversation will begin at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 10, at UNC Charlotte Center City; a dessert reception follows. The event is open to the public without charge, but registration is requested. Complimentary parking provided at 422 E. 9th Street, directly across Brevard Street from UNC Charlotte Center City. Registrants will receive email instructions for downloading complimentary parking passes prior to the event.

Hill was previously a criminal defense and civil rights attorney with Ferguson Stein Chambers in Charlotte. He also is the founder and first director of the Center for Death Penalty Litigation in Durham. For the April 10 event, Hill will discuss the death penalty in its historical context in North Carolina and the United States; his focus will be from the context of his personal experiences and those of the clients he has represented, the witnesses, victim families, jurors and other community stakeholders.

Elizabeth Hambourger, staff attorney for the Center for Death Penalty Litigation, will join Hill in the community conversation. Prior to the center, she was a staff attorney at North Carolina Prisoner Legal Services.

The Aliaga-Buchenau Witness in Residence Initiative seeks to encourage conversations about issues pertaining to human rights and social justice in the United States and globally. Previous initiatives have focused on life in Communist East Berlin before the fall of the Berlin Wall and on Syrian refugees in the United States.