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Bryan Stevenson, photo credit Michael Collopy

Civil Rights Lawyer and Activist Bryan Stevenson Awarded 25th Wallenberg Medal

By Jana Wilbricht, Ph.D. Candidate, Communication Studies; Graduate Student Staff Assistant

On the evening of March 7th, 2017, the 25th Wallenberg Medal, the most distinguished award given by the University of Michigan, was presented to civil rights lawyer and social rights activist Bryan Stevenson, who founded the Equal Justice Initiative, a non-profit organization working to guarantee a legal defense to every inmate on death row in Alabama, in 1989.

Bryan Stevenson, photo credit Michael Collopy

Resource Toolkit for the 25th Wallenberg Medal and Lecture

Bryan Stevenson is the founder and Executive Director of the Equal Justice Initiative 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.