Student Government, Inc. and Student Affairs are holding an Academic Lecture Series featuring Bryan Stevenson. He is founder and director of the Equal Justice Initiative, a NYU law professor, the New York Times best-selling author of Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption, and one of Time magazine’s “100 Most Influential People of 2015.”
Bryan Stevenson has been acclaimed by Archbishop Desmond Tutu as “America’s young Nelson Mandela” for his work over 30 years challenging racial discrimination and unjust incarceration and advocating for reforming the broken criminal justice system in the United States.
Stevenson, a public-interest lawyer, has spent his career advocating for the poor and minorities in the criminal justice system. He is also the founder and executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative in Montgomery, Alabama, a nonprofit organization providing legal representation to indigent defendants and prisoners denied fair and just treatment in the legal system.
Stevenson has argued before the Supreme Court five times, including the combined cases Miller v. Alabama and Jackson v. Hobb, which found that mandatory life sentences without the possibility of parole for juveniles convicted of murder violate the Eighth Amendment.
Make sure to attend this Academic Lecture Series on Monday, September 21st at 5:00 PM in Carnessecca Arena!