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Join Stephen Bright, longtime director of the Southern Center for Human Rights, in Atlanta, Georgia, as he discusses his work in the areas of capital punishment, indigent criminal legal defense, racial discrimination in the criminal legal system, conditions and practices in prisons and jails, judicial independence, and his new book (with co-author James Kwak), The Fear of Too Much Justice: Race, Poverty, and the Persistence of Inequality in the Criminal Courts (2023). Event is free but advance registration is requested. Lunch will be provided to registered attendees. Books will be available for purchase at the event.
This event is co-sponsored by the Three Strikes Project; Stanford Constitutional Law Center; Stanford Haas Center for Public Service; Stanford Criminal Justice Center; Stanford Center for Racial Justice; John and Terry Levin Center for Public Service and Public Interest Law; Stanford Criminal Law Society (CLS); and Stanford Prison Abolition and Resources Coalition (SPARC).
Stephen Bright is a Visiting Lecturer at Yale Law School and a Visiting Associate Professor at the Georgetown University Law Center. Bright was the longtime director of the Southern Center for Human Rights in Atlanta, Georgia. Before joining the Southern Center, he was a legal services attorney in Appalachia; a public defender in Washington, D.C.; and director of a law school clinical program in Washington.
Bright has tried capital cases before juries in Alabama, Georgia, and Mississippi, and argued cases before state and federal appellate courts, including four capital cases before the United States Supreme Court, all four of which resulted in reversals.
Bright is the recipient of the American Bar Association’s Thurgood Marshall Award in 1998, and was named by Georgia newspaper The Daily Report as “Agitator (and Newsmaker) of the Year” in 2003 for his contribution to bringing about creation of a public defender system in Georgia, and “Lawyer of the Year” in 2017 for his success in challenging racial discrimination before the United States Supreme Court in the case of Foster v. Chatman. Bright is the author (with co-author James Kwak) of the recent book, The Fear of Too Much Justice: Race, Poverty, and the Persistence of Inequality in the Criminal Courts (2023).