Building a Case for Life: How to Humanize a Killer
Posted on February 27, 2013
Licensed Certified Social Worker and Mitigation Specialist Dana Harrison will present, “Building a Case for Life: How to Humanize a Killer” to social work students and Field Instructors in Giffels Hall, from 12:45-1:45 on February 28th. Harrison will also visit the School of Law and speak to students in the Juvenile Defense Clinic.
According to Harrison, “The holistic approach of Social Workers explains the importance of a thorough biopsychosocial history of defendants facing the death penalty. Allowing the jury to step into the shoes of the defendant and his family does not excuse murder, but it gives the jury a bird’s eye view into a client’s downward spiral that evokes empathy and sometimes mercy.”
Harrison earned a Bachelor of Arts in English in 1997 and a Masters Degree in Clinical Social Work in 2000 from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. She began her professional career as a Therapist at Living Hope Institute, an adult acute psychiatric hospital. During her employment at Living Hope, Harrison excelled from Therapist to Program Coordinator of clinical staff. Dana joined the Arkansas Federal Defender Office in January 2004 as an Investigator and Mitigation Specialist on the Capital Habeas Unit. Her personal mission is to encourage and empower others to find their voice and advocate for themselves and others. Dana is best known for her ability to establish good rapport with clients and family members.