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Staff PickBryan Stevenson
March 27 @ 7:00 pm| $ - See event webpage
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Bryan Stevenson is one of the country’s most visionary legal thinkers and social justice advocates. A MacArthur fellow, he founded the Equal Justice Initiative, a law practice dedicated to defending some of America’s most rejected and marginalized people. A founding leader of the movement against mass incarceration in the United States, he recently served on President Obama’s task force on 21st-century policing. His memoir, Just Mercy, is the story of a young lawyer fighting on the frontlines of a country in thrall to extreme punishments and careless justice. It is an inspiring story of unbreakable humanity in the most desperate circumstances, and a powerful indictment of our broken justice system and the twisted values that allow it to continue.
After graduating from Harvard Law School in 1985, Bryan Stevenson moved to the South, a region on the verge of a crisis: states were speeding up executions, while many of the condemned lacked legal representation. On a shoestring budget, he founded the Equal Justice Initiative. The cases that Stevenson took on would change his life and transform his understanding of justice and mercy forever. His work on individual cases has generated national attention, and his efforts have reversed death penalties for dozens of condemned prisoners. Stevenson’s TED Talk on the subject of injustice has been viewed over 3 million times on the TED website and another 299,000 times on YouTube. Stevenson has received numerous awards including the MacArthur Foundation “Genius” Grant and the NAACP Image Award for Best Non-Fiction, and was named one of Time’s 100 Most Influential People for 2015. He is a tenured law professor at New York University School of Law.