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Ruth Adler Lecture 2019 - Bryan Stevenson

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King Khalid Building
Royal College of Surgeon's
Hill Square


Mon 8 July 2019


The Ruth Adler Memorial Lecture 2019 

‘We Need to Talk About an Injustice’

Bryan Stevenson, Founder and executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative, and a clinical professor at New York University School of Law
2019 recipient of the Honorory Degree of Doctor of Laws, University of Edinburgh

About the speaker:

Bryan Stevenson is the founder and Executive Director of the Equal Justice Initiative (EJI), a human rights organization in Montgomery, Alabama. Mr. Stevenson is a widely acclaimed public interest lawyer who has dedicated his career to helping the poor, the incarcerated, and the condemned. Under his leadership, EJI has won major legal challenges eliminating excessive and unfair sentencing, exonerating innocent death row prisoners, confronting abuse of the incarcerated and the mentally ill, and aiding children prosecuted as adults. Mr. Stevenson and his staff have won reversals, relief or release from prison for over 135 wrongly condemned prisoners on death row and won relief for hundreds of others wrongly convicted or unfairly sentenced. Mr. Stevenson has argued and won multiple cases at the U.S. Supreme Court, including a 2019 ruling protecting condemned prisoners who suffer from dementia and a landmark 2012 ruling that banned mandatory life-without-parole sentences for all children 17 or younger.  Mr. Stevenson has initiated major new anti-poverty and anti-discrimination efforts that challenge inequality in America. He led the creation of two highly acclaimed cultural sites which opened in 2018, The Legacy Museum and The National Memorial for Peace and Justice.  The new national landmark institutions chronicle the legacy of slavery, lynching and racial segregation and the connection to mass incarceration and contemporary issues of racial bias.  Mr. Stevenson’s work has won him numerous awards including 39 honorary doctorates, the MacArthur Foundation “Genius” Prize and the ABA Medal, the American Bar Association’s highest honor. He is a graduate of the Harvard Law School and the Harvard School of Government and the author of the award winning New York Times bestseller, Just Mercy.


This lecture will be followed by a wine reception where you may have the opportunity to meet and speak with Bryan Stevenson and network with other attendees.


About The Ruth Adler Lecture:

The Ruth Adler lecture was a lecture series inaugurated in 2008 at Edinburgh Law School in memory of lecturer and activist in human rights Ruth Adler, whose work was instrumental in the area of women’s rights and children’s rights and was influential in establishing institutions in both those areas in Scotland. It has become an important event in the Human Rights Calendar in Scotland.  


This event is free, but registration is required.

Due to high demand, we will be live streaming this event at 5.30pm on the 8th of July from the following link:


Supported by the Global Justice Academy -


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