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David McCord Profile

Professor Emeritus


Areas of Expertise

Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Death Penalty


JD – Harvard Law School, cum laude
BA – Illinois Wesleyan University, summa cum laude

Professional Experience

Drake Law School professor since 1984
Assistant attorney general for the State of Arizona
Wentworth & Lundin in Phoenix, Ariz.

Selected Publications

  • Lethal Rejection: An Empirical Analysis of the Astonishing Plunge in Death Sentences in the United States from their Post-Furman Peak, 81 Albany Law Review 1 (co-author) (2017-18).
  • The Proposed Capital Penalty Phase Rules of Evidence, 36 Cardozo Law Review 417-497 (co-author) (2014).
  • Lethal Connection: The “War on Drugs” and Death Sentencing, 15 Journal of Race, Gender & Justice 1 (2012) (invited symposium paper).
  • What's Messing with Texas Death Sentences?, 43 Texas Tech Law Review 601 (2011).
  • Death Penalty Cases (co-author) (3d ed., Butterworth-Heinemann, 2010).

Significant Accomplishments

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

Additional Information

 David McCord Curriculum Vitae

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