Brad MacLean, “The Capital Case of Abu-Ali Abdur’Rahman: Shining a Light on Injustice”
Mr. MacLean graduated from Vanderbilt Law School and practiced law for 25 years with the Nashville office of Stites & Harbison, PLLC (formerly Farris, Warfield & Kanaday) where he specialized in commercial litigation and bankruptcy law. He was appointed to his first post-conviction death penalty case in 1990, and in 2007 he retired from his law firm to devote his entire time to capital cases and criminal justice reform, first with The Tennessee Justice Project, a non-profit organization, and then with the Tennessee Office of the Post-Conviction Defender which represents death row inmates in state post-conviction proceedings. For twenty years he served as an adjunct professor of law at Vanderbilt Law School where he taught courses on trial advocacy and the death penalty. Mr. MacLean also served as an adjunct professor at the University of Tennessee College of Law where he taught courses on the criminal justice system and cognition and the law. He has represented numerous death row inmates in state post-conviction and other collateral proceedings and in federal habeas corpus proceedings. He continues to work on capital cases in his private practice.