David McCord Prof ile
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Associate Dean


Professor of Law

Areas of Expertise

Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Death Penalty


J.D. Harvard Law School, cum laude
B.A. Illinois Wesleyan University, summa cum laude


Drake Professor since 1984
Assistant Attorney General, State of Arizona
Wentworth & Lundin- Phoenix, AZ

Selected Publications

Death Penalty Cases, 3rd Ed. (with Barry Latzer) "State Death Sentencing for Felony Murder Accomplices Under the Emmund and Tison Standards," 32 Arizona State Law Journal 843

"Imagining a Retributivist Alternative to Capital Punishment," 50 Florida Law Review 1

Significant Accomplishments

Member of the American Law Institute
Drake's Levitt Distinguished Community Service Award winner
Iowa Governor's Public Service Award winner


Click here to view Professor McCord's curriculum vitae

I Like Lawyers

"Many people don't like lawyers. Yet I know many lawyers - a lot of them former students of mine - and I like almost all of them. Lawyers have many qualities that make them good people and enjoyable companions. They are smart, and their training enables them to use their intelligence efficiently and rationally. Try to imagine a society without lawyers. Now picture whether it would look like the United States, or like any one of a number of countries that recently have dissolved into chaos.

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