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Executive Director, Equal Justice Initiative
Bryan Stevenson, Executive Director of the Equal Justice Initiative, has won national acclaim for his work challenging bias against the poor and people of color in the criminal justice system. Since graduating from Harvard Law School and the Harvard School of Government, he has assisted in securing relief for dozens of condemned prisoners, advocated for poor people and developed community-based reform litigation aimed at improving the administration of criminal justice. He is also a professor at New York University School of Law. His first book, Just Mercy was published in October 2014, and was named one of the best books of the year by the New York Times and Washington Post, among others. It was also the winner of the Carnegie Medal for Nonfiction and other major awards. Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Desmond Tutu has said, "Bryan Stevenson is America's young Nelson Mandela, a brilliant lawyer fighting with courage and conviction to guarantee justice for all.”