Hamill Lecture

Wednesday, October 30 5 – 7 p.m.

Fromm Hall - FR 115 - Berman Room


Questions? Contact Kenji Quijano at (415) 422-5896 or at kaquijano@usfca.edu


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State Killing: An Inevitable, Inescapable Consequence

Join Mike Farrell, president of Death Penalty Focus, in a conversation about the moral and financial failings of capital punishment. Death Penalty Focus works to abolish a practice that institutionalizes racial discrimination, risks the execution of innocents, and does not deter crime.
Farrell, a longtime activist, is also known for his role in the Emmy award winning series M*A*S*H.

The event is part of USF School of Law’s annual Hamill Family lecture series.

Date: Wednesday, October 30, 2019
Time: 5:30 p.m. Registration, 6 p.m. Program, 7 p.m. Reception  
Location: USF Fromm Hall, 660 Parker Street


Mike Farrell is an actor and  human rights and social justice activist for over 45 years. Farrell is President of the Board of Death Penalty Focus, an abolition organization, a founder and Co-Chair Emeritus of the California Committee of Human Rights Watch, and spokesperson for Concern America, an international refugee aid and development organization. He also serves on the Advisory Board of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, the Advisory Committee of the Muslim Public Affairs Council’s Hollywood Bureau and, occasionally, has been a Good Will Ambassador for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. Farrell is also known for his role in the Emmy award winning series M*A*S*H.

Richard A. Leo, PhD, JD, is the Hamill Family Professor of Law and Psychology at the University of San Francisco School of Law, and a Fellow in the Institute for Legal Research at the University of California, Berkeley School of Law. He was previously a tenured professor of psychology and criminology at U.C. Irvine for a decade (1997-2006), and a professor of sociology and adjunct professor of law at the University of Colorado, Boulder (1994-1997).

Dr. Leo is one of the leading experts in the world on police interrogation practices, the impact of Miranda, psychological coercion, false confessions, and the wrongful conviction of the innocent. Dr. Leo has authored more than 100 articles in leading scientific and legal journals as well as several books, including the multiple award-winning Police Interrogation and American Justice (Harvard University Press, 2008); The Wrong Guys: Murder, False Confessions and the Norfolk Four (The New Press, 2008) with Tom Wells; and, most recently, Confessions of Guilt: From Torture to Miranda and Beyond (Oxford University Press, 2012) with George C. Thomas III.  He is currently working on a book that is tentatively entitled, The Innocence Revolution: The American Movement Against Wrongful Convictions (with Tom Wells).