Stephen Bright

President and Senior Counsel, Southern Center for Human Rights; Harvey Karp Visiting Lecturer in Law, Yale Law School

Stephen Bright is president and senior counsel at the Southern Center for Human Rights, where he has practiced law since 1982 and was director from 1982 through 2005. He has taught at Yale Law School since 1993 and has taught courses at Harvard, University of Chicago, Emory, Georgetown, Northeastern, and others. Bright has argued capital cases before juries in three states, state and federal appellate courts, and the US Supreme Court. Subjects of his litigation, teaching, and writing include legal representation for poor people accused of crimes, capital punishment, human rights violations in prisons and jails, and judicial independence. He received the American Bar Association’s 1998 Thurgood Marshall Award.

Videos/Audio of Stephen Bright

In far too many instances, municipal courts are the first step on the road to ruin—especially for poor people—thanks to... See more
Capital punishment in the United States is on the decline, driven largely by evolving public opinion and politics. Why... See more