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About David I. Bruck

Professor David I. Bruck directed Washington & Lee’s death penalty defense clinic, the Virginia Capital Case Clearinghouse (VC3) from 2004 to 2020. 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.


Present Clinical Professor of Law, Washington and Lee University School of Law
Present Director, Virginia Capital Case Clearinghouse, Washington and Lee University School of Law


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Office: 220 Sydney Lewis Hall
Phone: 540-458-8188
Fax: 540-458-8580


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