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Keynote Speaker: Bryan Stevenson
April 11, 2014 @ 7:00 pm
Founder and executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative, Bryan Stevenson has won national acclaim for his work challenging bias against the poor and people of color in the criminal justice system. Since graduating from Harvard Law School and the Harvard School of Government, he has assisted in securing relief for dozens of condemned prisoners, advocated for poor people, and developed community-based reform litigation aimed at improving the administration of criminal justice. His advocacy—especially in the 2012 Supreme Court decision in which the justices declared unconstitutional mandatory life imprisonment for juveniles without the possibility of parole—has transformed how the country’s criminal justice system deals with violent youths.
Among many other honors, Stevenson has received a MacArthur Foundation Genius Award, the ACLU’s National Medal of Liberty, the Thurgood Marshall Medal of Justice, and the Fred L. Shuttlesworth Human Rights Award. In addition to his groundbreaking work with the Equal Justice Initiative, he is on the law faculty at New York University School of Law.