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    03.19.14 Students from the Capital Defender and Federal Habeas Clinic Visit United States Supreme Court
    Ursula Supreme Court visit

    (l-r: Sparkle Sooknanan ’10, Melissa Lee, Rebecca Gannon, Professor Bentele, Patrick Santos, Sarah Evans-DeVita, and David Berman. Not pictured: Megan Sparks.)

    Professor Ursula Bentele and her students in the Capital Defender and Federal Habeas Clinic visited Washington this month to hear Supreme Court arguments in Hall v. Florida. The case will decide whether Florida's method of determining who may not be executed due to intellectual disability violates the Constitution.

    In addition to hearing a “terrific” argument, according to Professor Bentele, the students took a brief tour of the Court – led by Sparkle Sooknanan ’10, who is clerking for Justice Sonia Sotomayor.

    Their visit also included a conference with Michele Brace of the Virginia Capital Representation Resource Center, who referred to the Clinic the case of a Virginia death row inmate. BLS students are preparing a petition for writ of certiorari to be filed in early April.