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Cass R. Sunstein, JD Biography

Felix Frankfurter Professor of Law at Harvard University Law School
Pro to the question "Should the Death Penalty Be Allowed?"

“[I] suggest… that on certain empirical assumptions, capital punishment may be morally required, not for retributive reasons, but rather to prevent the taking of innocent lives. In so saying, we are suggesting the possibility that states are obliged to maintain the death penalty option.”

“Is Capital Punishment Morally Required? Acts, Omissions and Life-Life Tradeoffs,” Stanford Law Review, cowritten with Adrian Vermeule, JD, Mar. 2005

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
Individuals with MDs, JDs, PhDs, or equivalent advanced degrees in fields relevant to death penalty issues. Also top-level government officials (such as foreign leaders, US presidents, Founding Fathers, Supreme Court Justices, members of legislative bodies, cabinet members, military leaders, etc.) with positions relevant to death penalty issues.
Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Felix Frankfurter Professor of Law, Harvard University Law School, 2008-present
  • Former Professor of Law, University of Chicago Law School
  • Samuel Rubin Visiting Professor of Law, Columbia University
  • Visiting Professor of Law, Harvard University
  • Vice-chair, American Bar Association Committee on Separation of Powers and Governmental Organizations
  • Chair, Administrative Law Section, Association of American Law Schools
  • Member, American Bar Association Committee on the future of the Federal Trade Commission
  • Member, President’s Advisory Committee on the Public Service Obligations of Digital Television Broadcasters
  • Attorney-advisor, Office of the Legal Counsel, US Department of Justice
  • Court Clerk for Justice Thurgood Marshall, US Supreme Court
  • Court Clerk for Justice Benjamin Kaplan, Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court
  • JD, magna cum laude, Harvard University School of Law, 1978
  • AB, Harvard College, 1975
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Quoted in:
  1. Does the Death Penalty Deter Crime?
  2. Is the Death Penalty Immoral?
  3. Should the Death Penalty Be Allowed?