Born In: Milton, Delaware, United States
Bryan Stevenson is an American lawyer, clinical professor, and social activist, who has dedicated his life to the cause of the poor and minorities. Raised in a segregated community, he witnessed discrimination at every level since a tender age. During his internship at the 'Southern Center for Human Rights,' Stevenson learned how the segregated society had been deprived of fair treatment in the judicial system. He established the 'Equal Justice Initiative' in Montgomery, Alabama, to establish uniform legal representation and abolish capital punishment. Working with the organization, Stevenson has successfully presided numerous cases, where racially discriminated convicts have been provided affordable legal assistance, fair verdicts, and reversal of the death sentence. He fought for granting mentally challenged and minor convicts the eligibility for parole. His efforts to ensure social justice have brought about uniformity in the U.S. legal structure to a great extent. Stevenson currently serves as a law professor at the 'New York University School of Law.' He has also been a visiting lecturer of law at 'Harvard,' 'Yale,' and the 'University of Michigan Law Schools.' A prolific public speaker, Stevenson supports the creation of more public-service opportunities and acknowledges the role of law schools in establishing a fairer and uniform legal structure in the country.
father: Howard Carlton Stevenson, Sr.
mother: Alice Golden Stevenson
Born Country: United States
Notable Alumni: John F. Kennedy School Of Government
Grouping of People: Black Lawyer
U.S. State: Delaware
Founder/Co-Founder: Equal Justice Initiative
education: Harvard University, Eastern University, Harvard Law School, John F. Kennedy School Of Government
awards: 2015 · Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption - NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work – Nonfiction
1995 · Human Rights - MacArthur Fellowship
Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction
2018 - People's Choice Award for People's Champion
Olof Palme Prize
Gruber Prize for Justice
Freedom from Fear
In 1998, Bryan Stevenson joined the clinical faculty of the 'New York University Law School.' He currently serves as a professor of law at the same school.
In 2018, Bryan Stevenson launched the 'Legacy Museum: From Enslavement to Mass Incarceration' and the 'National Memorial for Peace and Justice.' These national landmark institutions provide a glimpse into the incidents of racial discrimination, slavery, lynching, mass incarceration, and other atrocities that the blacks in America have suffered through the ages.
Bryan Stevenson has received several awards, including the 'Reebok Human Rights Award' (1989), the 'ACLU National Medal of Liberty' (1991), and the 'MacArthur Fellowship Award Prize' (1995).
In 2012, Bryan Stevenson received the 'Birmingham Civil Rights Institute Fred L. Shuttlesworth Award,' the 'American Psychiatric Association Human Rights Award,' and the 'Smithsonian Magazine American Ingenuity Award in Social Progress.'
Bryan Stevenson has also received the 'NAACP William Robert Ming Advocacy Award,' the 'Gruber Foundation International Justice Prize,' the 'Ford Foundation Visionaries Award,' the 'National Legal Aid & Defender Association Lifetime Achievement Award,' and the 'Roosevelt Institute Franklin D. Roosevelt Freedom from Fear Award.'
South African Anglican cleric and theologian Archbishop Desmond Tutu has described Bryan Stevenson as "America's Nelson Mandela."
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