Ursula Bentele

Professor of Law Emerita

250 Joralemon Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201
(718) 780-7990 |  Email
Areas of Expertise

Criminal Law
Capital Punishment
Public Interest Law

B.A., Swarthmore College
J.D., University of Chicago Law School

Students from the Capital Defender and Federal Habeas Clinic Visit United States Supreme Court

Professor Ursula Bentele and her students in the Capital Defender and Federal Habeas Clinic visited Washington this month to hear Supreme Court arguments in Hall v. Florida. The case will decide whether Florida's method of determining who may not be executed due to intellectual disability violates the Constitution.

Professor Ursula Bentele on Cop-Killer Retrial

The U.S. Attorney's Office in Brooklyn is seeking to re-try the case of Ronell Wilson, who was convicted of murdering two police officers in Staten Island in 2003. Although an execution was overturned in favor of life without parole last year, prosecutors want to uphold his original death sentence. Professor Ursula Bentele spoke to the Brooklyn Daily Eagle about the case. "Obviously, the U.S. Attorney’s Office feels pretty strongly that this was a case that deserves the death sentence,” she said. “The widows of the detectives that were killed are interested in that result.”

Capital Defender and Habeas Corpus Clinic on NBC New York 11 O'clock News

Professor Ursula Bentele and two of her students, Michael Debbane 11’ and Sarah White 11’, appeared on NBC New York’s 11 o’clock news November 11 for a story about the D.C. sniper, John Muhammed, who was executed by lethal injection in Virginia that same night. These students and other members of the Capital Defender and Habeas Corpus Clinic have spent the past several weeks assisting Mr. Muhammed’s chief attorneys, Jon Sheldon and J. Connell, in drafting a petition for certiorari in the United States Supreme Court.