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Law and Bioethics: A Breakdown of Capital Punishment

On Tuesday November 8, Bioethics Master's Student and Former Big Brother contestant Hannah Chaddha led a discussion on the ethics, law, and history of capital punishment in the United States. Hannah spoke with the winner of Big Brother 23, Xavier Prather, as well as Big Brother 24 contestant Joseph Abdin about the legal considerations of capital punishment and their journey through law school to become practicing attorneys. The discussion finished with a Q&A led by Hannah about the Big Brother seasons and their experiences on the show. 

Hannah Chaddha

Hannah Chaddha is a second-year graduate student at the LMU Bioethics Institute. Hannah graduated from the University of Illinois in 2020, where she studied Biological Sciences and Spanish. She has aspirations of attending medical school and becoming a physician, so she can restore humanism in the practice of medicine and serve her community. She is also a professional dancer who spends her free time training in the fine arts. Many of you may know Hannah from Big Brother 23 as part of the dominant Cookout alliance that made history. 

Joseph Abdin

Joseph Abdin is a young Arab-American attorney. Joseph was part of the 4% of his class to graduate early from the Florida State College of Law and pass the Florida Bar prematurely. In the classroom, he received two book awards for his academic achievements. After law school, he went on to work for the Florida Supreme Court under Justice Alan Lawson and as in-house corporate counsel at NextEra Energy. Joseph then utilized his background as a certified personal trainer and Florida powerlifting record holder to transition into the field of personal injury. Shortly into his personal injury career, Joseph was recruited to join the cast of Big Brother 24.

Xavier Prather


Xavier E. Prather is an attorney in Reinhart’s Employee Benefits Practice and a member of the firm’s Data Privacy and Cybersecurity Group. Xavier works with multiemployer, corporate, and government pension benefit plan sponsors on a variety of legal issues, including cybersecurity compliance and data privacy-related incidents. He is also a member of the firm’s Institutional Investor Services Practice, where he closely advises public pension fund clients. Xavier was a critical member of the dominant Cookout alliance who went on to win Big Brother 23.

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