Lexington, VA • Monday, October 13, 2008
Larry A. Hammond, distinguished criminal defense attorney, Watergate special prosecutor and clerk to U.S. Supreme Court Justice Lewis F. Powell, Jr. '29A, '31, will speak at the Washington and Lee School of Law on Thursday, Oct. 16 at 4:00 p.m. in Classroom B. The talk is free and open to the public.
Larry A. Hammond
Hammond, who will speak about Justice Powell and the death penalty, was law clerk to U.S. Supreme Court Justice Hugo Black before serving as Justice Powell's clerk for two Court terms. It was during his tenure with Justice Powell that the Court in 1972 temporarily halted the death penalty with the historic decision in Furman v. Georgia, which established a requirement for a degree of consistency in the application of the death penalty.
Hammond served as assistant special prosecutor for the U.S. Justice Department's Watergate Special Prosecution Force in 1973-74. He worked in the Office of Legal Counsel as the first deputy assistant attorney general under Attorneys General Griffin Bell and Ben Civiletti during the Carter administration. Hammond also served as president of the American Judicature Society (AJS) from 2003 to 2005. He recently received the 2008 AJS Justice Award for his lifetime of work to ensure fairness and accuracy in the judicial system.
Hammond has worked on death penalty cases since 1982, and has chaired the Arizona Justice Project since its inception in 1998. One of his capital clients, John Henry Knapp, was freed following 18 years on Arizona's death row after Hammond and his colleagues demonstrated that the fatal fire that killed Knapp's children was likely accidental rather than arson. The case is the subject of legal journalist Roger Parloff's 1996 book, Triple Jeopardy: A Story of Law at Its Best---And Worst.
Hammond has taught law as an adjunct professor at Arizona State University, the University of Arizona and the University of New Mexico. He has a law degree and bachelor's degree from the University of Texas. His private practice areas have been in criminal law, complex commercial litigation, false claims, physician licensing and hospital peer review.