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November 18, 2008
Distinguished Visitor Series
Life, Liberty, Race and Poverty: The continuing influence of race and poverty in the criminal justice system

Speaker: Stephen Bright, President and Senior Counsel of the Southern Center for Human Rights
Time: 5:00 p.m.
Location: Wynne Courtroom
Contact: Contact Shaun Ingram for more information: (317) 278-4789 or slingram@iupui.edu

On November 18, speaker Stephen Bright will be presenting: Liberty, Race and Poverty: The continuing influence of race and poverty in the criminal justice as part of the IU School of Law–Indianapolis' Distinguished Visitor Series.

  • 5:00 p.m. lecture, Wynne Courtroom
  • 6:00 p.m. reception, Conour Atrium

Stephen B. Bright is president and senior counsel of the Southern Center for Human Rights in Atlanta and teaches at Yale and Georgetown Law Schools. Subjects of his litigation, teaching and writing include capital punishment, conditions and practices in prisons and jails, legal representation for poor people accused of crimes, and judicial independence.

He argued Snyder v. Louisiana before the Supreme Court in 2008. The Court reversed the conviction and death sentence due to the prosecutor’s racial discrimination in striking the jury. His work has been the subject of a documentary film, Finding for Life in the Death Belt, (EM Productions 2005), and two books, Proximity to Death by William McFeely (Norton 1999) and Finding Life on Death Row by Kayta Lezin (Northeastern University Press 1999). He received the American Bar Association’s Thurgood Marshall Award in 1998.

1 hour CLE credit will be available (reservation required)
This event is free and open to the public.