In the Fall of 2003, Michael Millemann, Jacob A. France Professor of Public Interest Law led a program by which law students introduced Baltimore teens to theater—and the death penalty—through a week of teaching capped by a visit to see The Exonerated at Baltimore's Mechanic Theater.
The Exonerated tells the stories of six people wrongly convicted and put on death row before being exonerated. For a week prior to the performance, volunteer law students began going to eight area high schools to talk with students about the legal system and the death penalty. Using a hypothetical case involving a 17 year old convicted of killing a police officer while accompanied by his friend after a night of partying. Students explore how the 17 year old gets convicted when the facts twist to reveal that it was the friend who did the shooting.
After a week of discussions and teaching, more than 200 students attended a matinee performance of the play. The play was followed by a discussion, led by Millemann, in which the students were lively participants. During the week after the performance, law student volunteers returned to the schools for more discussion and to get student reactions to the play.For more information on the program, contact Michael Millemann.