School of Law to Host Law and Literature Seminar featuring In Cold Blood

Lexington, VA Monday, September 18, 2006

The Washington and Lee University School of Law will host the 14th annual Law and Literature Seminar, beginning Friday, October 6, at 3:00 p.m. and ending Saturday, October 7, at 2:00 p.m. Co-sponsored with the W&L Alumni College program, the seminar has been approved for two hours of CLE ethics credit and is open to anyone interested in law and literature.

This year's seminar will focus on Truman Capote's In Cold Blood. A highly original work of creative nonfiction, In Cold Blood presents an especially vivid study of crime and punishment, the process of police investigations and capital trials, and the labyrinth of criminal psychology. Capote's stunning account of the murders of the Clutter family in Kansas in 1959 raises a host of issues, not only concerning law, justice, and jurisprudence but also the public fascination with criminals and their victims. 

"This book raises a series of provocative questions that get at the very heart of America's understandings of justice, punishment, the crime, and the criminal," says English Professor Marc Conner, who will lead the seminar along with law professors David Caudill, Scott Sundby, and Ron Krotoszynski.  "Capote forces us to consider the proper sphere of punishment, including the great question of the role of capital punishment, in our concepts of justice."

The fee for the seminar is $195 per person, which includes the reception and dinner on Friday, the seminar materials, and breakfast and lunch on Saturday. For more information and to register, contact the Special Programs office at 540-458-8916 or

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