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Release Date: Wednesday, February 20, 2013 3:07 PM
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Stevenson of Equal Justice Initiative Featured at Howard University King Lecture
Discussion will focus on unfair treatment in the American legal system
Bryan Stevenson

WASHINGTON (February 15, 2013) – Bryan Stevenson, founder and executive director of the non-profit Equal Justice Initiative (EJI), which is headquartered in Montgomery, Ala., will discuss the systematic biases in American legal, political and economic institutions in a presentation titled “Making Money From Poor People and Prisons: What Are We Doing?" The event will take place at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 20 in the School of Business auditorium.

Stevenson will be joined by Elaine Jones, former president and director-counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund. The lecture continues with the general theme of this year’s lecture series, “Civic Equality in the 21st Century: The Political Process, Education, Economic Power, and Individual Rights.”

Stevenson is a widely acclaimed public interest lawyer who has dedicated his career to helping the poor, the incarcerated and the condemned. Under his leadership, EJI has 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. EJI recently won a historic ruling in the U.S. Supreme Court holding that mandatory life-without-parole sentences for all children 17 or younger are unconstitutional.

A graduate of Harvard Law School and the Harvard School of Government, Stevenson has been awarded 13 honorary doctoral degrees and is also a professor of law at the New York University School of Law. He has received numerous awards including the American Bar Association Wisdom Award for Public Service, the MacArthur Foundation  “Genius” Award, the Olof Palme International Prize, the American Civil Liberties Union National Medal of Liberty, and the National Public Interest Lawyer of the Year Award.

Established in 2008 with the King’s $1 million donation to the University, the chair is intended to encourage highly accomplished individuals to come to Howard to share their experiences with current students. The Kings, who are both Howard alumni, inaugurated the chair to reflect their years in public service and media. The discussion on the American prison system is the third Gwendolyn S. and Colbert I. King Endowed Chair in Public Policy lecture in the current academic year.

Elaine Jones


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