Last updated on: 12/6/2016 | Author: ProCon.org

Robert B. Evnen, JD Biography

Title:
Attorney and Co-founder of Nebraskans for the Death Penalty
Position:
Pro to the question "Should the Death Penalty Be Allowed?"
Reasoning:

“Much of the cost, indeed, much of the criticism of the death penalty, is attributed to ‘decades of appeals.’ It is unsurprising that the loudest complaints about death penalty delays come from death penalty opponents who have created them…

Claimed ‘cost studies,’ often performed by or at the behest of death penalty opponents, are frequently so incomplete as to be false and misleading. For example, they don’t take into account the increase in the cost of life without parole cases if there were no death penalty. Criminal defendants who are facing the death penalty — which today must be pleaded by prosecutors up front — often want to make a deal by pleading guilty to first degree murder in exchange for a sentencing recommendation of life without parole. The existence of the death penalty as a possible sentence leads to guilty pleas that save the money spent on trials and limit the opportunity for appeals.”

“Local View: Thoughts about the Death Penalty: Correcting the Record,” journalstar.com, July 11, 2015

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Cofounder, Nebraskans for the Death Penalty, 2015-present
  • Partner Attorney, Woods & Aitken LLP, 1987-present
  • Board Member, Nebraska Continuing Legal Education, Inc., 1988-present
  • Recipient, Lawyer of the Year Award, Best Lawyers in America, 2017
  • District-Level Delegate, Republican National Convention, 2016
  • Recipient, Boss of the Year Award, Lincoln Legal Professional Association, 2015
  • Member, Nebraska State Board of Education, 2008-2013
  • Partner Attorney, Kindel & Anderson, 1977-1986
  • Co-Chair, Employee Rights and Benefits Committee, State Bar of California, 1985-1986
  • Chair, Subcommittee on Labor Standards Enforcement, State Bar of California, 1983-1984
  • Staff Member, University of Southern California Law Review, 1976-1977
  • Member, Nebraska, California, and Iowa State Bar Associations
  • Member, American Bar Association
Education:
  • JD, USC Gould School of Law, 1977
  • BA, Social Science, Michigan State University, 1974
Other:
  • None Found
Quoted in:
  1. Does the Death Penalty Cost Less Than Life in Prison without Parole?