Bryan Stevenson: Lawyer, Social Justice Activist, Founder and Executive Director of the Equal Justice Initiative
Ted Constant Convocation Center
President's Lecture Series; Jacobson/Wallenberg Humanitarian Speaker
Bryan Stevenson is a lawyer, social justice activist, and founder and executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative. He is a graduate of Harvard Law School and founder and executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative, which seeks to eliminate injustice and mass incarceration. In 2018, the Equal Justice Initiative opened the Legacy Museum in Montgomery, Alabama, which documents slavery, lynching and discrimination in the United States.
Stevenson and his staff members have won relief or release for more than 125 prisoners on death row. Stevenson also is a law professor at New York University and author of "Just Mercy." Nobel Peace Prize recipient Desmond Tutu has called him America's young Nelson Mandela. Stevenson has received a MacArthur Foundation "genius grant" and was named one of Time's 100 Most Influential People in 2015.
Stevenson, Bryan, "Bryan Stevenson: Lawyer, Social Justice Activist, Founder and Executive Director of the Equal Justice Initiative" (2019). President's Lecture Series. 38.