Last updated on: 11/10/2008 | Author: ProCon.org

Bryan Stevenson, JD Biography

Title:
Executive Director of Equal Justice Initiative (EJI)
Position:
Con to the question "Should the Death Penalty Be Allowed?"
Reasoning:

“Embracing a certain quotient of racial bias and discrimination against the poor is an inexorable aspect of supporting capital punishment. This is an immoral condition that makes rejecting the death penalty on moral grounds not only defensible but necessary for those who refuse to accept unequal or unjust administration of punishment.”

“Close to Death: Reflections on Race and Capital Punishment in America,” Debating the Death Penalty: Should America Have Capital Punishment? The Experts on Both Sides Make Their Best Case, 2004

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
    Experts
Individuals with MDs, JDs, PhDs, or equivalent advanced degrees in fields relevant to death penalty issues. Also top-level government officials (such as foreign leaders, US presidents, Founding Fathers, Supreme Court Justices, members of legislative bodies, cabinet members, military leaders, etc.) with positions relevant to death penalty issues.
Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Founder and Executive Director, Equal Justice Initiative, 1995-present
  • Professor of Clinical Law, New York University School of Law, 1998-present
  • Doctor Honoris Causa, University of Pennsylvania School of Law
  • Doctor Honoris Causa, Georgetown University Law School
  • Lecturer, Harvard School of Law
  • Lecturer, Yale School of Law
  • Visiting Professor of Law, University of Michigan School of Law
  • Recipient, Olof Palme Prize, 2000
  • Recipient, Gleitsman Foundation Citizen Activist Award, 2000
  • Recipient, Public Interest Lawyer of the Year, National Association of Public Interest Lawyers
  • Executive Director, Alabama Capital Representation Resource Center, 1989-1995
  • Recipient, Thurgood Marshall Medal of Justice, 1993
  • Recipient, National Medal of Liberty, American Civil Liberties Union, 1991
  • Staff Attorney, Southern Center for Human Rights, 1987-1989
  • Recipient, Wisdom Award, American Bar Association
Education:
  • JD, Harvard Law School, 1985
  • MA, Public Policy, Harvard School of Government
  • BA, Eastern College
Other:
  • None found
Quoted in:
  1. Is the Death Penalty Immoral?