Dubbed by Nobel Peace Laureate Desmond Tutu as “America’s youngest Nelson Mandela,” Stevenson is the founder and Executive Director of the Equal Justice Initiative, a tenured law professor at NYU School of Law, as well as one of the most acclaimed and respected lawyers in the nation. Stevenson’s work on individual cases has resulted in reversed death penalties for dozens of condemned prisoners. He is also the author of Just Mercy, a memoir about a young lawyer and his commitment to fighting extreme punishments and careless justice.
In addition to appearing on The Daily Show, Stevenson’s TED Talk “We need to talk about an injustice” has been named one of the five essential TED Talks by The New Yorker. Stevenson is also the recipient of numerous awards, such as the MacArthur Foundation “Genius” Grant and the NAACP Image Award for Best Non-Fiction. The current state of things being what they are, the time has never been more appropriate for a talk on restorative justice, so be sure to swing by Gannett at 7pm and maybe even bring a question or two!