Founder and Executive Director, Equal Justice Initiative; Author, Just Mercy
Bryan Stevenson is executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative, which he founded in 1989. An acclaimed public interest lawyer who previously worked for the Southern Center for Human Rights, he has dedicated his career to helping the poor, incarcerated, and condemned. Under his leadership, EJI has won legal challenges eliminating excessive and unfair sentencing, exonerating innocent death row prisoners, and confronting abuse of the incarcerated and mentally ill. EJI recently won a historic ruling in the US Supreme Court holding that mandatory life-without-parole sentences for children 17 or younger are unconstitutional. Stevenson is the author of the New York Times best-seller, Just Mercy.