In 2016, Opus: The Art of Work partnered with the Center for Applied Christian Ethics to host Bryan Stevenson, founder and director of the Equal Justice Initiative. Bryan spoke on Tuesday, September 6 in Coray Gymnasium on the campus of Wheaton College.
Bryan Stevenson is one of the most influential public interest lawyers in the United States, and has spent his inspiring career working against extreme punishments and mass incarceration in the U.S. prison system. Stevenson attended Harvard Law School, and after graduating in 1985, began defending some of America’s most rejected and marginalized populations. Stevenson is the founder and Executive Director of the Equal Justice Initiative, a nonprofit organization that provides legal representation to indigent defendants and prisoners who have been denied fair treatment in the legal system. He is also a Professor of Law at the New York University School of Law.
Stevenson has received many awards including the MacArthur Foundation “Genius” Prize, the National Medal of Liberty, the Public Interest Lawyer of the Year, and the Olaf Palme Prize for international human rights. Stevenson has written about his inspiring work in his memoir, Just Mercy, published in 2014, which was named by Time Magazine as one of the 10 Best Books of Nonfiction for 2014, and has received several awards. Stevenson has a TED Talk on the subject of injustice that has been viewed almost 3.8 million times. His was named by The New Yorker as one of five “must view” TED Talks.
In addition to his main talk, which was free and open to the public, Stevenson spent time with Wheaton student groups, sharing his vocational story and reflecting on the ways that students can pursue social healing through their future work.