Clinical Professor of Law David I. Bruck has directed Washington & Lee’s death penalty defense clinic, the Virginia Capital Case Clearinghouse, since 2004. Prior to coming to W&L, Bruck practiced criminal law in South Carolina for 28 years, and specialized in the defense of capital cases at the trial, appellate and post-conviction stages. Over the course of his career, he has served as Richland County (Columbia, S.C.) Public Defender, as Chief Attorney of the South Carolina Office of Appellate Defense, and since 1992 as Federal Death Penalty Resource Counsel to the federal defender system nationwide. Bruck has argued seven death penalty cases in the United States Supreme Court, including Skipper v. South Carolina, 476 U.S. 1 (1986), and Simmons v. South Carolina, 512 U.S. 154 (1994), and over 70 capital appeals in state and lower federal courts. He has represented capital defendants at trial in more than 20 cases, including State v. Susan Smith (1995), in which he and co-counsel Judy Clarke obtained a life sentence after their client was convicted of drowning her two small children.
A Tribute to William S. Geimer (with Meredith S. Palmer, Scott E. Sundby, Kevin M. McNally, Roger D. Groot, Liz Murtagh, and Ross Haine), Washington and Lee Law Review (2001)
Keynote Address: Political and Social Misconception Fueling the Death Penalty, Thomas M. Cooley Law Review (1996)
Contributions to Books
Habeas Corpse: The Right Appeal Under Fire, The New Republic (1991)
On Death Row in Pretoria Central: Capital Punishment in South Africa. It's Not All That Different, The New Republic (1987)
Executing Teen Killers Again, Washington Post (1985)