Bryan Stevenson

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Bryan Stevenson
Bryan Stevenson at TED 2012.jpg
Born (1959-11-14) November 14, 1959 (age 55)
Milton, Delaware, U.S.
Nationality American
Alma mater Eastern University (B.A.)
Harvard Law School (J.D.)
Harvard Kennedy School (M.P.P.)
Awards Reebok Human Rights Award
ACLU National Medal of Liberty
MacArthur Fellowship
Lannan Cultural Freedom Prize.

Bryan A. Stevenson (born November 14, 1959) is the founder and Executive Director of the Equal Justice Initiative, a private, non-profit organization headquartered in Montgomery, Alabama, and is a professor at New York University School of Law. He has gained national acclaim for his work challenging bias against the poor and minorities in the criminal justice system. Stevenson 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.

Biography and career[edit]

Born in Milton, Delaware, Stevenson is a graduate of Eastern College (now Eastern University), Harvard Law School (J.D.), and the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

Mr. Stevenson spoke at TED2012 in Long Beach, California.[1] Following his presentation, over $1 million was raised by attendees to fund a campaign run by Stevenson to end the practice of putting children in adult jails and prisons.[2]


Stevenson is the author of the critically acclaimed Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption. It was named by Time magazine as one of the "10 Best Books of Nonfiction" for 2014. It won the 2015 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction.[3]

Awards and honors[edit]

Stevenson has received numerous honors, including: Reebok Human Rights Award, 1989; National Medal of Liberty, American Civil Liberties Union, 1991; MacArthur fellowship, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, 1995; Wisdom Award for Public Service Litigation, American Bar Association; named public interest lawyer of the year, National Association of Public Interest Lawyers, 1996; Olaf Palme Prize, Olaf Palme Memorial Fund for International Understanding and Common Security, 2000; Commissioners’ Award, Alabama State Bar, 2002; SALT Human Rights Award, Society of American Law Teachers, 2003; Award for Courageous Advocacy, American College of Trial Lawyers, 2004; Lawyer for the People Award, National Lawyers Guild, 2004; Gruber Prize for International Justice, Gruber Foundation, 2009; National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, William Robert Ming Advocacy Award, 2010; Visionaries Award, Ford Foundation, 2011; Franklin D. Roosevelt Freedom From Fear Award, Roosevelt Institute, 2011; American Ingenuity Award for Social Progress, Smithsonian, 2012; Fred L. Shuttlesworth Award, Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, 2012; American Psychiatric Association Human Rights Award, 2012; American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 2014; Cultural Freedom Prize, Lannan Foundation, 2014; Image Award, 2015, for Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption, and more than twenty honorary degrees.


  • Bryan Stevenson, Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption (New York: Spiegel & Grau), was published on October 21, 2014.[ISBN missing]


  1. ^ "All of our survival is tied to the survival of everyone: Bryan Stevenson at TED2012". TED. 2012-03-01. Retrieved 2012-03-06. 
  2. ^ "TED’s first response to Bryan Stevenson’s talk on injustice". TED. 2012-03-05. Retrieved 2012-03-06. 
  3. ^ "Anthony Doerr wins Carnegie Medal for fiction". Midcontinent Communications. Associated Press. June 28, 2015. Retrieved June 28, 2015. 

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