CSU, Chico News

Emeritus Professor and Expert Witness Ed Bronson to Give Talk on Death Penalty

Date: 02-21-2014

Sarah Langford
Alan Gibson, Professor
Department of Political Science

California State University, Chico Emeritus Professor and expert witness Edward Bronson will give the presentation “My Life Fighting the Death Penalty” on Friday, Feb. 28, at 12:30 p.m. in Selvester’s Café.

Bronson, who taught political science at CSU, Chico for 31 years, is widely recognized as a leading expert witness and researcher on the death penalty. He has published numerous articles and book chapters, testified in hundreds of cases and spoken at professional and academic conferences about a multitude of legal subjects related to the death penalty. He has testified in such prominent cases as the San Francisco “dog mauling” trial of 2002 and that of Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh.

At CSU, Chico, he founded the public law, criminal justice and paralegal certificate programs; the Pre-Law Society; and the Student Law Union of Minorities. He also founded the University’s student-led Community Legal Information Center (CLIC), which provides free legal services to the community and hands-on clinical and civic engagement experience for students. The center has been the catalyst for a number of community service programs and organizations and celebrates its 45th anniversary in 2015.

Bronson’s presentation is part of the Department of Political Sciences’ Friday Forum series and is hosted by the department; Pi Sigma Alpha, a political science honors society; and the Criminal Justice Student Association (CJSA).

“Ed Bronson is a local legend who has made a national impact,” said CSU, Chico political science professor Alan Gibson. “Besides founding numerous programs at the University, he has projected himself across the nation as a fierce defender of the rights of minorities and the poor, and as an equally forceful opponent of extreme and ill-conceived laws and punishments. We have asked him to speak to call attention to his fascinating life story and numerous achievements, and to inspire the next generation of students to take up his torch.”

The Friday Forum series focuses attention on faculty research and accomplishments as a means of promoting civic education for CSU, Chico students and the community. For more information about the Department of Political Science, please visit www.csuchico.edu/pols.