Professor Aliza Plener Cover's article, The Eighth Amendment's Lost Jurors: Death Qualification and Evolving Standards of Decency, was selected as a finalist for the AALS Criminal Justice Section's Junior Scholars Paper Competition.  The finalists will be recognized at the AALS Annual Meeting this January.  The paper presents the results of an empirical study of death qualification practices in capital trials in Louisiana, and argues that strike rates of jurors with conscientious objections against the death penalty are indicators of "evolving standards of decency" that should be incorporated into the Supreme Court's evaluation of the death penalty's constitutionality.  A draft of the article, which is forthcoming in the Indiana Law Journal, is available here.