On behalf of 37 juveniles in South Carolina who have been sentenced to life in prison without parole, Cornell law students and professors are working to abolish sentences that may constitute “cruel and unusual punishment,” according to Prof. John Blume, law.
A New York law will mandate that law students applying to the state bar in 2015 and later perform 50 hours of pro bono work. Ninety percent of Cornell law students already meet the requirement, according to the dean of Cornell Law School.
Since early June, a drone of machines has accompanied the construction of a new wing at the Cornell Law School that will house a lobby, an auditorium and two state-of-the-art lecture halls. Despite the noise, construction does not seem to be hindering daily activities, professors said.
After spending 31 years — 29 of them on death row — incarcerated for murder, Edward Elmore was freed on March 3, in large part due to investigations undertaken by Cornell law students and professors on the Cornell Death Penalty Project Council.