Fall 2015: The Death Penalty

Fall 2015: The Death Penalty



In order to be a more moral society, our federal and state governments should continue to be permitted to utilize the death penalty in cases of first-degree murder with aggravating factors.


Fall 2015 Course

Fall 2015 marked the tenth year of the UH 101 Moral Forum, and 55 students enrolled in six sections of the class.


Our guest lecturers included:


  • Lane McLelland, Director of Crossroads Community Center. Ms. McLelland lectured on ethical theory and moral philosophy.


  • Joshua Marquis, District Attorney for Clatsop County, Oregon. Mr. Marquis outlined the arguments for the use of the death penalty in cases of first-degree murder.


  • Katie Chamblee, Staff Attorney for the Southern Center for Human Rights. Ms. Chamblee questioned the morality of using the death penalty and the ethics of the death penalty as a punishment.


  • Anthony Raye Hinton, Exonerated Alabama Death Row Inmate. Mr. Hinton spoke of his experiences on death row and questioned the justice of the death penalty system.


  • Mark Nelson, Dean of the College of Communication and Information Sciences. Dr. Nelson spoke on the art and mechanics of public speech.


Jacquie Andreano, Caitlin Cobb, Jared Hunter, Brittany Johnson, Will Gonzalez, Ciara Malaugh, and Jacob McHugh served as Moral Forum Scholars who facilitated discussions.


Moral Forum Tournament

The annual, three-week Moral Forum Tournament was held at the UA School of Law with the support of 60 volunteer judges including law students, graduate and undergraduate students, and faculty from across campus. The final night of debate took place on Tuesday, Nov. 3, at 7 p.m. in the Ferguson Theatre. Debaters Brittany Grady and McLean Stewart won the tournament, while Jamie Hoven and Kaitlin Waldron were awarded as finalists. Semifinalists Meredith Cazalas, Andrew Duncan, Christine Allen, and Resha Swanson also received scholarships. Allison Melnick was recognized for her outstanding written case, and Abigail Sisti was named outstanding individual debater. A total of $7,000 in scholarships was presented to Moral Forum students.