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Parks-King Lecture - Bryan Stevenson
Wednesday, February 1, 2017 - 5:30pm to 6:30pm
409 Prospect St.
New Haven, CT 06511
(Location is wheelchair accessible)
Bryan Stevenson, a public interest lawyer widely acclaimed for his work on behalf of poor and vulnerable defendants, will deliver the annual Parks-King Lecture at YDS on Wednesday, February 1. The lecture will take place at 5:30 p.m. in Niebuhr Hall, with a reception to follow.
Stevenson is founder and executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative (EJI), which works to eliminate excessive and unfair sentencing, exonerate innocent death row prisoners, confront abuse of the incarcerated and mentally ill, and aid children prosecuted as adults. EJI is also pursuing the establishment of a national memorial to victims of lynching and a museum exploring African America history from enslavement to mass incarceration. The MacArthur Foundation has recognized his work by awarding him its coveted “genius” prize.
Originally from Delaware, Stevenson is Professor of Clinical Law at New York University’s School of Law. He has a J.D. from Harvard Law School and a Master’s Degree in Public Policy from Harvard’s Kennedy School.
His awards are too numerous to list. In addition to the MacArthur prize, they include the National Medal of Liberty from the American Civil Liberties Union; the Public Interest Lawyer of the Year award from the National Association of Public Interest Lawyers; and the Olaf Palme Prize for international human rights advocacy.
Stevenson has received honorary degrees from 16 universities, including Yale, Penn, and Georgetown, and his book Just Mercy (Penguin Random House) was named by Time magazine as one of the 10 Best Books of Nonfiction for 2014. For more on Bryan Stevenson and his work, see: http://eji.org/bryan-stevenson (link is external).
Established in 1983 in honor of Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King, Jr., the Parks-King Lecture is dedicated to bringing the contributions of African American scholars, social theorists, pastors, and social activists to YDS and the wider New Haven community.
This event will also be LiveStreamed.
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