News & Recent Activity
NEWS & RECENT ACTIVITY
June 2016 — February 2017
Lecture sponsored by the Georgetown University Student Forum on "Civil Rights Under a Trump Administration."
Talk on Thurgood Marshall, sponsored by the New Rep Theatre Group of Watertown Ma after a performance of George Steven's play Thurgood.
"Innocence Before DNA" delivered at the Wrongful Convictions and the DNA Revolution conference at Northeastern University School of Law (9/25/15). Cambridge University Press publication forthcoming.
Paper on the history of Gregg v Georgia delivered March 31, 2016 at the Forty Years after... National Conference on the Death Penalty at the University of Texas Law School, Austin.
April 26, 2016
3Qs: The death penalty's constitutionality
Professor Michael Meltsner Discusses Supreme Court Lethal Injection
Next performance of In Our Name: A Play of the Torture Years
"Time for some, Candor from the Supreme Court" in the Huffington Post October 15, 2014
On Wikipedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Meltsner
Burnham/Meltsner/Derfner amicus brief in State v. Stinney Jr.
"On the Virtues of A Wild Justice," 48 New England L. Rev. 683 (2014)
June 9, 2014
March 28, 2014
Read my review of the Elevator Repair Service production of Arguendo
Here is link to Evan Mandery's Fresh Air interview re A Wild Justice
Letter to NYTimes Book Review
IN OUR NAME: A PLAY OF THE TORTURE YEARS will be performed on January 29 at 4 PM at the Northeastern University School of Law, 400 Huntington Avenue. Tickets are free but seating is limited. Seats can be reserved before January 18th at emailing email@example.com.
"As we enter the age of electronic medical records, with access to patient information almost a civil right, it is good to remember that communication patterns change in ways that reflect different community expectations and values," writes Meltsner, who recounts how opennes from doctors in regard to his own medical condition confirmed his belief that transparency is essential.
The study, published online in the Annals of Internal Medicine, is the culmination of an experiment known as OpenNotes. Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, Geisinger Health System in Danville, Pa., and Harborview Medical Center in Seattle took part in the trial, which included 105 primary-care doctors and 13,564 of their patients who had at least one note available to them during the voluntary program.
The New England Journal on Criminal and Civil Confinement, New England Law Boston's Center for Law and Social Responsibility will present a dramatic reading of In Our Name: A Play on the Torture Years
John Jay College (CUNY) awared the Honorary Doctor of Laws on May 31, 2012 to "Michael Meltsner...as the principal architect of the death penalty abolition movement in the United States."
The staged reading of IN OUR NAME: A PLAY OF THE TORTURE YEARS took place on March 27th 2012 at the Boston Playwrights' Theatre, followed by a discussion between the audience and a distinguished panel. The play was produced by Company One, directed by Victoria Marsh.
New York performances:
Quid Pro Books has issued new edition of “Cruel and Unusual: The Supreme Court and Capital Punishment” (2011) featuring a Foreword by death-penalty author Evan Mandery of CUNY's John Jay College of Criminal Justice, as well as a new Preface by the author.
Quid Pro Books has also issued a new edition of "Short Takes," a novel first published by Random House in 1980.
Forthcoming (2012) from the University of Tennessee Press: Edited by Michael Meltsner, the late Barrett Foerster's "Race, Rape, and Injustice: Documenting and Challenging Death-Penalty Cases in the Civil Rights Era." (originally titled: "The First Domino: How a Few Law Students Helped Change Southern Death Penalty Justice Forever.")
RECENT PRESS COMMENTS
"In Our Name", A play about America's torture years (2010).
LECTURES AND INTERVIEWS
A short course on Recent Developments in American Constitutional Law presented to the students at Albert-Ludwigs-Universität, Freiburg, Germany (2010).
" Public Interest Lawyers During South Africa's Apartheid Years" a talk to students and faculty at Seton Hall University's Whitehead School of Diplomacy and International Relations (2010).
A panel honor of the City's new library building and of Cambridge Voices, a book about writers' library experiences. Appearance with local writers Mary Catherine Bateson and Mark Feeney (2010).
Interviews with WGBH TV's Greater Boston, the Wall Street Journal and the Canadian Medical Association Journal on the Open Notes Project, an experiment in making physicians' notes freely available to their patients (2010).
Focused on the inside story of law reform, the book contains portraits of some larger-than-life figures, including Thurgood Marshall, William Kuntsler, and the charismatic black law professor Derrick Bell, as well as of unheralded movers and shakers such as the attorney C. B. King of Albany, Georgia, and Margaret Burnham, who as a young lawyer representing Angela Davis got caught in a racial and generational crossfire. Alongside these recollections, Meltsner provides a critical analysis of early civil rights efforts to achieve social change through litigation while also providing the wider context of the personalities, policies, and tactics that continue to shape reform efforts today.
Deeply researched and using case files that have previously been off-limits to historians, The Making of a Civil Rights Lawyer will appeal to young and upcoming lawyers, to students of the history of the 1960s, of civil rights, and of African American studies, and to anyone interested in social change.
October 2, 2007 (Noon) University of Richmond School of Law, Westhampton Way, Richmond, Va.
March 21, at 7:30 pm, Newton, Ma. Public Library, 330 Homer Street, Newton Centre. Book Talk and Signing.
June 26: National Press Club, Washington DC. Keynote speaker at the Death Penalty Information Center's 10th annual Thurgood Marshall Journalism Awards luncheon.
June 30 Reading: 7 pm, Porter Square Books, Porter Square Shopping Center, Cambridge, MA.
July 1 Reading: 1 pm, Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Washington, DC
July 2: Interview, KPFA/Pacifica Radio's Sunday Salon, hosted by Larry Bensky, 9AM Pacific Time
Sunday, July 23, 10 pm: The Jordan Rich show, WBZ Boston.
September 18: Mass. Liberal Arts College, N. Adams, Ma
September 20: At noon, Center for Civil Rights, University of North Carolina School of Law, Chapel Hill, NC
September 21: At noon, Duke Law School, Durham, NC (Webcast at http://www.law.duke.edu/webcast)
September 21 Reading: 7 pm at Regulator Bookshop, 720 Ninth Street, Durham NC
October 3: Reading for the Massachusetts Appleseed Center, Boston
October 5: Reading for Northeastern University School of Law Alumni, Boston
October 10: Northeastern University School of Law Dinner, Northhampton
October 12: Reading sponsored by the American Constitution Society, Indiana University School of Law, Bloomington
October 17-18, Reading- Lecture, Vanderbilt University Law School, Nashville
November 8: Massachusetts School of Law in Andover, Ma: reception and book lecture, 4.30-6.30 PM.
November 13-14, Reading-Lecture Vermont Law School, South Royalton