Emily Olson-Gault

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Emily Olson-Gault
Nationality USA
Occupation law professor

Emily Olson-Gault is an American law professor, at Georgetown University, and a director of the American Bar Association’s Death Penalty Defense Project.[1]

The American Bar Association authorized funding for Olson-Gault and Misty Thomas to compile resources to support those filing appeals of death penalty cases.[2]

In 2018 Texas was considering "streamlining" the processing of appeals of death penalty cases.[3] Olson-Gault was called upon to offer her expertise by those who opposed this measure. She also addressed the Nebraska legislature's Judicial Committee, where she defended the importance of post conviction appeals in death penalty cases.[4]


  1. Carol Rosenberg (2017-11-08). "USS Cole’s deck was scene of ‘chaos, panic’ after al-Qaida’s bombing". Miami Herald (Guantanamo Bay Naval Base). https://www.miamiherald.com/news/nation-world/world/americas/guantanamo/article183565666.html. Retrieved 2019-08-23. "Spath has also ordered video-link testimony Monday from war court headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia, from the director of the American Bar Association’s Death Penalty Defense Project Emily Olson-Gault. In an affidavit for the court, she said ABA standards require a learned counsel at every phase of a capital case, including the pretrial and trial." 
  2. Lorelei Laird (2018-06-01). "ABA groups launch clemency information clearinghouse for death penalty cases". American Bar Association Journal. http://www.abajournal.com/magazine/article/clemency_information_clearinghouse_death_penalty. Retrieved 2019-08-23. "Thomas’ and Olson-Gault’s entities teamed up with the ABA Commission on Disability Rights. And in 2015 the ABA Board of Governors approved a grant for a project to gather clemency resources." 
  3. Jessica Corbett (2018-04-02). "Texas Seeks Sessions' Approval to "Speed Up the Death Penalty Treadmill"". Commons Dreams. https://www.commondreams.org/news/2018/04/02/texas-seeks-sessions-approval-speed-death-penalty-treadmill. Retrieved 2019-08-23. "'Doing all that in one year is already extraordinarily difficult, and any further limitations would only exacerbate the existing problem,' said Emily Olson-Gault, director of the Death Penalty Representation Project at the American Bar Association. 'We know that errors are made in capital cases... The more that the allotted time to prepare is limited, the greater the risk that serious constitutional errors will stand uncorrected.'" 
  4. Joanne Young (2018-09-07). "Legislature's Judiciary Committee hears need for defense attorney standards in death penalty cases". Lincoln Journal Star. https://journalstar.com/legislature/legislature-s-judiciary-committee-hears-need-for-defense-attorney-standards/article_c851632b-9185-58de-8fbd-1afc4780cf86.html. Retrieved 2019-08-23. "Olson-Gault said about 150 people have been exonerated from death rows across the country, almost exclusively from post-conviction appeals. Sometimes important evidence comes to light only after multiple rounds and years and decades of proceedings."