Human Dignity:

             Capital Punishment


Brophy College Preparatory
November 1st through 4th

Brophy’s goals for hosting this Summit on Human Dignity:

Summits like this are frequent occurrences at universities and colleges around the world; oftentimes the goal of these summits is to bring influential voices together to affect change in policy, procedure and ultimately in the world in which we live. Rather than be so bold as to think that our summit can have such impact, it is Brophy’s hope that we can enable students to listen to a chorus of voices on issues like human dignity and then to make intelligent, faith-filled decisions regarding this and other related issues. Ultimately, Brophy hopes to graduate young men who will one day participate in summits at colleges and universities, young men who will have voices that can influence real change in policy, procedure, and the world in which we live.

ur panelists and speakers have been invited to address the issue of human dignity as it relates to capital punishment in Arizona. Rather than host a debate in which one side will win out over the other, our goal is to explore and discuss human dignity, the dignity of the condemned, the dignity of the victims of violent crime, the dignity of those who survive those victims, and the dignity of a society that suffers from violence and hate. Good teaching often means facilitating discomfort in ourselves and in those whom we teach. We would like to have students consider how violent crime and capital punishment relate to the Christian call to promote and respect human dignity.

PANELISTS AND SPEAKERS

THE REVEREND STEPHEN BARBER, S.J.
Jesuit father Stephen Barber was appointed November 2003 as chaplain to the largest "Parish" in Marin County, San Quentin Penitentiary. His 5,967 parishioners are all men, they never leave the parish grounds, and 560 of them live in a separate "mission" condemned to death.” (Jack Smith, Catholic San Francisco, 13 Feb. 2004)

HON. RUDOLPH GERBER:
Rudolph J. Gerber was a private practitioner in both civil and criminal litigation prior to his appointment to the superior court in 1979. He served for nine years as a judge of the Maricopa County Superior Court, was Associate Presiding Judge from 1985 to 1988, and was appointed to division one of the court of appeals where he served as a judge until 2001, when he joined Shugart, Thomson, and Kilroy. Judge Gerber was both a Woodrow Wilson and Fulbright scholar.

HON. LARRY HAMMOND:
Larry A. Hammond is a member of the firm of Osborn Maledon, P.A. He chairs the AJSS Criminal Justice Reform Committee and also serves as the chair of the Arizona State Bar Indigent Defense Task Force and is a member of the lawyers committee for human rights. Mr. Hammond has served as the chair of the justice project, which seeks to help, on an all-volunteer basis, Arizona inmates who may have been victims of manifest injustice. Mr. Hammond served as Deputy Assistant Attorney General for the office of legal counsel at the Department of Justice during the Carter Administration, and as an Assistant Watergate Special Prosecutor.

HON. DAN MAYNARD:
Member, Maynard, Murray, Cronin, Erickson & Curran, p.l.c. 1997 to present. Primary focus is commercial litigation and criminal defense. In the criminal defense arena, he has been involved in numerous death penalty cases in both the state and federal courts, and handled numerous white-collar matters for fortune 500 companies and several high profile matters that have gathered national media attention. University of Alabama, B.A., 1973; M.A. 1975; John Marshall Law School, J.D., 1979.
 

Monday, Nov. 1:
8:20 to 9:50 Robson Gymnasium

Panel presentation on capital punishment in Arizona:

Scenes from dead man walking are being used to illustrate

The dignity of the condemned

The dignity of the victims of violent crime and those who survive the victims

The dignity of a society that suffers from violence and hate

Tuesday, Nov. 2, 12:00 to 1:00
Speakers:
Larry Hammond & Dan Maynard
Place:
Student Activity Center

Speaker:
Stephen Barber, S.J.
Place:
Jesuit Garden

Wednesday, Nov. 3, 12:00 to 1:00
Speaker:
Rudy Gerber
Place:
Student Activity Center

Speakers:
Kent Cattani & Beckie Miller
Place:
Jesuit Garden

Wednesday, Nov. 3, 1:00 to 2:00
Speaker:
Jimmy Santiago Baca
Place:
Robson Gymnasium

Thursday, Nov. 4, 12:00 to 1:00
Speakers:
TBA
Place:
Student Activity Center

Speakers:
Student actors from the play
Place:
Jesuit Garden

PANELISTS AND SPEAKERS

JUSTICE MICHAEL D. RYAN:
ARIZONA SUPREME COURT
Michael D. Ryan, Justice of the Arizona Supreme Court, was appointed to the court on May 21, 2002. Justice Ryan had previously served on the Arizona Court of Appeals for more than five years. Before his appointment to the Court of Appeals, Justice Ryan served as a judge of the Arizona Superior Court for more than ten years. Before his service as a judge, Justice Ryan was a Deputy County Attorney with the Maricopa County Attorneys Office for eight years. In 2000, he was selected to serve on the Arizona Attorney Generals Capital Case Commission.

JIMMY SANTIAGO BACA
Born in New Mexico of Chicano and Apache descent, Jimmy Santiago Baca was raised first by his grandmother and was later sent to an orphanage. A runaway at age thirteen, it was after Baca was sentenced to five years in a maximum security prison at the age of twenty-one that he began to turn his life around: there he learned to read and write and found his passion for poetry. He is the winner of the Pushcart Prize, the American Book Award, the National Poetry Award, the International Hispanic Heritage Award, and, for his memoir "A Place to Stand", the prestigious International Award.

HON. KENT CATTANI:
Kent works in the Arizona Attorney General's office and currently serves as chief of the state's death penalty appeals unit, and as chief counsel of the Capital Litigation Section of the Attorney General's office.

BECKIE MILLER:
Beckie Miller has been the chapter leader of the Phoenix chapter of Parents of Murdered Children, since January of 1993, fifteen months after the death of her eighteen-year-old son, Brian, who was robbed and shot to death in October of 1991. Besides her roles as chapter leader she serves on the board of Arizona Voice for Crime Victims, Arizona Coalition of Victim Services and is a member of the National POMC Crisis Response Team and the Arizona Crisis Response Team.