Professor Coleman also will talk about his current work with the American Bar Association and in North Carolina seeking a moratorium on executions. He will discuss his role as a founder of the NC Innocence Project and the work done by the Wrongful Convictions course he teaches with Dean Newman.
Coleman was formerly a partner in Wilmer Cutler in D.C. In private practice, he specialized in federal court and administrative litigation; he also represented criminal defendants in capital collateral proceedings. His most infamous client was Ted Bundy, whom he represented in Florida in the 1970s. In 1976, Coleman joined the Legal Services Corporation, where he served for two years as an assistant general counsel. In 1978, he conducted an investigation of two members of Congress as chief counsel for the U.S. House of Representatives' Committee on Standards of Official Conduct. In 1980, he served as a deputy general counsel for the U.S. Department of Education. At Duke Law, he teaches criminal law, legal ethics, negotiation and mediation, and capital punishment.