Bryan Stevenson is the founder and executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative in Montgomery, Alabama, and also a professor of law at the New York University School of Law. Stevenson and his staff at the Equal Justice Initiative have won major legal challenges eliminating excessive and unfair sentencing, exonerating innocent death row prisoners, confronting abuse of the incarcerated and mentally ill, and aiding children prosecuted as adults. He has published articles on race, poverty, and the criminal justice system, and manuals on capital litigation and habeas corpus. Stevenson’s work fighting poverty and challenging racial discrimination in the criminal justice system has received widespread recognition including the ABA Wisdom Award for Public Service, the ACLU National Medal of Liberty, the MacArthur Foundation Fellowship Award Prize, the National Public Interest Lawyer of the Year, the Olaf Palme Prize for International Human Rights, and the Reebok Human Rights Award.
Stevenson is a graduate of Harvard Law School and the Harvard School of Government and has been awarded 13 honorary doctorate degrees.