Bryan Stevenson, Author of Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption To Speak at Pitt Law


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Bryan Stevenson, Author of Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption Speaks at University of Pittsburgh School of Law

PITTSBURGH, PA – Celebrated human rights defense lawyer, Bryan Stevenson, will speak from 12:30 - 2 p.m., Mon. Jan. 25, in the University of Pittsburgh’s Barco Law Building's Teplitz Moot Court Room, 3900 Forbes Ave., Oakland. The event is free and open to the public.

Stevenson is the founder and Executive Director of the Equal Justice Initiative and one of the most acclaimed and respected lawyers in the nation. His memoir, Just Mercy, is the story of a young lawyer fighting extreme punishments and careless justice.

Nobel Peace Laureate Desmond Tutu has called Stevenson “America’s young Nelson Mandela.” His work on individual cases has generated national attention and his efforts have reversed death penalties for dozens of condemned prisoners. Stevenson’s twenty-minute TED Talk on the subject of injustice has been viewed over 2.35 million times on the TED website and another 299k times on YouTube; The New Yorker named it one of five essential TED Talks.

After graduating from Harvard Law School in 1985, Stevenson moved to the South, a region on the verge of a crisis: the states were speeding up executions, but many of the condemned lacked anyone to represent them. On a shoestring budget he started the Equal Justice Initiative, a law practice dedicated to defending some of America’s most rejected and marginalized people. The cases he took on would change Stevenson’s life and transform his understanding of justice and mercy forever.

Stevenson is the recipient of 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.  Stevenson is a tenured law professor at New York University School of Law.

This program has been approved by the Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education Board for 1 hour of substantive credit.