The Center for Death Penalty Litigation is a non-profit law firm that provides direct representation to inmates on North Carolina’s death row, as well as consulting with and training attorneys who practice capital litigation across the state. CDPL’s commitment to representing indigent and disadvantaged defendants just as vigorously as corporate lawyers defend their highest-paying clients has saved the lives of many who faced execution. In addition to representing individual clients, CDPL spearheads litigation that addresses systemic injustices and educates the public about the death penalty. CDPL has been a leading force in dramatically reducing the number of executions in North Carolina, and has cast light on the arbitrariness and unfairness of our state’s capital punishment system.
CDPL is proud to announce that Lisa Dubs received the 2016 J. Kirk Osborn Award for outstanding work on behalf of indigent clients facing the death penalty. Lisa is renowned for protecting innocent clients from conviction, and for securing life sentences in even the most challenging capital cases. She has won an amazing five acquittals in first-degree murder trials, along with many more dismissals. She accepted her award at a reception on October 6. Lisa says she makes sure every client, and every jury, knows how deeply she cares about her clients.
CDPL is marking an important anniversary: A decade without an execution. On Aug. 18, 2006, Samuel Flippen was the last person to be executed at Central Prison. At the time, North Carolina had one of the most active death chambers in the nation. Since that day, we have become the only Southern state to end executions. However, we can never take for granted that this respite will continue. CDPL works every day to make sure North Carolina’s death chamber remains empty. Read more on NCDealthPenalty.org about why it’s time to end the death penalty for good.
Learn more about the death penalty. For a fuller listing, go to our Links page:
- N.C. Coalition for Alternatives to the Death Penalty
- N.C. Advocates for Justice
- Death Penalty Information Center
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CDPL’s staff has halted wrongful executions, helped free innocent people from death row, and exposed systemic injustices. Learn more about the work that has made CDPL a leader in addressing unfairness in capital punishment.